General Information about Malmö University
Since its inception in 1998, Malmö University has grown into the country’s eighth largest institution of higher education with 25 000 students. Its education and research programmes are distinguished by their multidisciplinary, problem-oriented approach and social relevance. The university offers students a range of educations in five faculties: Culture and Society, Education and Society, Health and Society, Odontology, and Technology and Society.

The Faculty of Technology and Society
The Faculty of Technology and society (TS) offers educations and research in computer science and media technology as well as engineering and natural sciences and applied mathematics. A characteristic of our research and teaching is the engagement of companies and other organizations as active participants. The faculty is located centrally in Malmö city.

The Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics
The Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics unite interdisciplinary education and research in mainly three areas: engineering, science and mathematics. Three engineering programs at bachelor level are offered; Building engineering, Mechanical and materials engineering and Product development and design. In addition, the pre-education one-year programme Scientific/Technical foundation is offered. A programme on master level, Computational Materials Science, will be offered from autumn 2019.

The department has active research groups in materials science, applied physics and mathematics, construction science and an important goal for the department is to work in close collaboration with industry and the public sector. The research group in applied physics is a part of the international Computational Atomic Structure Group,

The Project on Computational Atomic Structure for Kilonova
With the recent detection of gravitational waves, a new window to the Universe has been opened. This increases the demand to interpret the optical spectra of kilonova explosions, responsible for the gravitational wave events. Plasma parameters and physical conditions are often determined from the emitted or absorbed light by specific atomic transitions, which vary with physical conditions. To correctly interpret observed line spectra, a detailed knowledge of the atomic properties is required. In an international collaboration, we are improving the modelling and understanding of the kilonova explosions including plasma modelling, improved atomic data for collisions and interactions with light as well as laboratory investigation of the emitted spectra.

The Post Doctorate Position
The Post-Doc will implement new modules in the general relativistic atomic structure package (GRASP2K) for computing atomic structures for complex elements, with focus on the elements expected to appear in the spectra of kilonova explosions. The implementation will be followed by extensive testing and validation. The computational results will be combined with experiments for subsequent application in kilonova modelling in collaboration with international teams. 

Qualifications and Selection Criteria
Successful candidates for the position must possess a PhD degree, awarded within five years prior to the date of application. Previous experience with projects relevant to the research area will be given priority. Evidence of publications, conference presentations and software development projects is essential, as is a plan for future dissemination of research outputs.

The candidate should be comfortable working in English.

More Information
Professor Per Jönsson,, + 46 76 76 14 730
Mats Persson, Head of Department, + 46 40 665 7882

Information about the Computational Atomic Structure Group,

The Employment
The employment starts as soon as possible, or after mutual agreement. The position is full-time for a period of 1 year with the possibility of extension for another 1 year at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Technology and Society. There will be no teaching in position.
Applications must be sent by e-mail as separate PDF-documents. The application, marked with the reference number, should be sent electronically to It must arrive at Malmö University no later than 2018-08-06.

The application should include the following documents:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Copies of relevant certificates and degrees
  3. CV including brief summaries of scientific, teaching and other activities of relevance for the appointment, a list of publications, and the contact details of up to three references.
  4. A description of the research plan/intentions (max two pages)
  5. PDF versions of publications relevant for the appointment (at most four publications and documents). It is preferable for the relevant publications to be submitted electronically, but hard copies can be accepted if the applicant deems this appropriate.

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Union Representatives

OFR/ST: Anita Marttila,
SACO: Stefan Gustafsson,