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The Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, invites applications for a PhD position in dark matter particle phenomenology within the Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics. The project is expected to begin in January 2020 and will be performed under the supervision of Associate Professor Riccardo Catena.

The Department of Physics originates from the fundamental truths and basic concepts of the physical sciences and is concerned with the utilisation of these scientific principles in practical devices and systems as well as for developing physics itself. The research profile includes such diverse topics as particle and astroparticle physics, biological membranes, disordered systems, complex oxides, surface‐ and nano‐physics, materials for energy applications, plasmas for medical applications and dark matter research to mention a few. We are strongly involved in a total of nine Bachelor’s programmes, three Master’s programmes and four doctoral programmes. The department is situated in a stimulating and creative environment with about 200 teachers and researchers, 120 PhD students and 550 undergraduate students within the physics community in Gothenburg, and is the major part of the Gothenburg Physics Centre – a collaboration between four departments at Chalmers and Gothenburg University.

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The Theoretical Subatomic Physics group within the Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics, Chalmers, performs theoretical research on nuclear, elementary particle, and astroparticle physics. Within the field of astroparticle physics, our investigations range from the theoretical modelling of physical systems or phenomena which cannot be described by the Standard Model of particle physics, to the interpretation of cosmological and astrophysical data on the origin, composition and evolution of our Universe and of its constituents. Currently, our studies focus on deciphering the elusive nature of dark matter – one of the major unsolved mysteries of modern science. We are especially interested in modelling the microscopic properties of dark matter, in computing their observable consequences, and in designing strategies to experimentally test them.

Major responsibilities
The PhD student will focus on the theoretical modelling of dark matter, with special emphasis on the comparison between theoretical predictions and observations made at direct, collider and fixed target dark matter search experiments. Investigations carried on within this project include the classification of dark matter-electron interactions and the calculation of the associated atomic and semiconductor crystals responses. These theoretical investigations will provide the student with the tools to interpret the result of operating dark matter search experiments. They will also allow the student to explore the properties and detection prospects of particles which are expected to mediate the interactions between dark matter and electrons.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Physics. You must have a solid background in theoretical particle and astroparticle physics or in a related field. A genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written, are needed.

The ideal candidate for the position has a strong background in the physics of dark matter and hands‐on experience with state‐of‐the‐art analytical and computational frameworks. Further experience with interdisciplinary projects is helpful. Knowledge of Swedish is not a prerequisite for applying since English is our working language for research, and we publish internationally. Both Swedish and English are used in undergraduate courses. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190578 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 10 December, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Associate Professor Riccardo Catena
Subatomic and Plasma Physics
Phone: +46 31 772 6309

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