PhD Positions in the Physics and Astronomy Departments

Stockholm University

PhD 4 years Stockholm, Sweden

Uploaded 11 Apr 2019

Job Description

There are several PhD projects open for applications in the Physics and Astronomy departments at Stockholm University. 

Department of Physics

Experimental Atomic and Molecular Physics: Mutual neutralization processes studied with merged ion beams at the DESIREE facility

Chemical Physics: Experimental X-ray Science of Aqueous solutions

Chemical Physics: Experimental X-ray Science of Amorphous Ice

Experimental Atomic and Molecular Physics: Studies of complex molecules and clusters at the DESIREE facility

Experimental Particle Physics: Search for New Physical Phenomena with the ATLAS Experiment at CERN

Isomeric Interstellar and Atmospheric Ions and their Reactions

Theoretical Chemical Physics: Quantum Chemical Studies of Ultra-fast Dynamics and X-ray spectra

Three-dimensional topologically ordered phases

Medical Radiation Physics

Experimental or Theoretical Physics: Cosmology, Particle Astrophysics, and Strings

Experimental Astroparticle Physics: Direct Detection of Dark Matter

Physics directed towards Theoretical Activity

Physics directed towards Experimental Activity

Theoretical Work in Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

Education at the research level

A PhD education at Stockholm University is four years (48 months). The 4-year PhD program includes at least 3 years of research and at most one year of course work. The position may be extended by up to one year if up to 20 % teaching assistance or administration is included in the contract. The PhD student is employed (“doktorandanställning”) during the studies, with a monthly salary starting at SEK 26 500.

Department of Astronomy

The department invites applications in the following research areas:


We seek a PhD candidate that wants to work on observations of supernovae. We are invloved in international collaborations such as the Zwicky Transient Facility to find new transients, and ePESSTO to classify them.

Neutron star mergers

We seek a PhD candidate to work on theoretical and computational modelling of transients arising from the merger of two neutron stars (so called kilonova). With the LIGO gravitational wave observatory starting O3 runs in 2019 we expect several such detections in the coming years, and advanced microphysical and radiative transfer modelling is needed to interpret their light curves and spectra. The study of kilonovae can tell us about the origin of the heaviest elements, the behaviour of matter at extreme densities, and properties of new-born black holes.

First stars

We seek a PhD candidate to work on numerical modeling of the era when the first stars and galaxies formed, also kown as the cosmic dawn and epoch of reionization. This research area is one of the frontiers of modern cosmology. We participate in international collaborations such as LOFAR and the future Square Kilometre Array which attempt to detect the 21cm signal from these eras. Depending on the interests of the candidate the project can be focused on the developments of new algorithms or on advanced simulations of telescope data and new methods to analyse these.


We seek a PhD candidate interested in investigating star formation in galaxies. We propose a novel approach to probe massive star-forming region feedback on galactic scales and improve current methods used to study physical properties of recently formed stellar clumps. The project will be supported with available HST optical imaging data and FUV spectroscopy, optical MUSE and NIR SINFONI spectroscopy, and ALMA millimetre data.

Explosive events on the Sun

We seek a candidate interested in studying the evolution of the solar magnetic field. The project's focus is on eruptive events that take place on different temporal and spatial scales and at different heights in the solar atmosphere. The research is multidisciplinary. The successful candidate will use both state-of-the-art observations as well as numerical models.

Person Specification

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle (Master's) degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

Department of Physics

In order to be accepted as a PhD student in Physics or Theoretical Physics a BSc in Physics (or equivalent) is required. The studies must include 60 credits of second-cycle courses in physics out of which at least 15 credits correspond to a second-cycle degree project. The degree project does not have to have been examined at the application deadline, but work corresponding to half a semester of full-time studies should have been devoted to it. For the subject Chemical Physics courses in chemistry may replace the required physics courses.

Department of Astronomy

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the applicant for a doctoral studentship in Astronomy must have completed 60 credits of non-overlapping courses in Physics/Astronomy at an advanced level. Of these, at least 30 credits should be in the form of research project in Astronomy, with a passing grade. The specific entry level requirements can also be fulfilled through having equivalent documented competence.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

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