PhD student position in galactic magnetic fields

Project description
Applications are invited for one PhD student position on the role of galactic magnetic fields on the evolutionary cycle of the interstellar medium. The aim of the position is to uncover how the magnetic field affects the structuring and transfer of matter from within individual star-forming regions out to galactic scales. The successful candidate will make use of the latest observational data from ESA and NASA space missions (including Gaia, SOFIA, Planck) and from the PASIPHAE survey, the largest optical polarization survey of the sky The position will provide opportunities for conducting new observations with state-of-the-art facilities and synergies with theoretical and computational Astrophysics, including the use of MHD simulations. The student will also collaborate with experts on galaxy evolution, the interstellar medium, star-formation, and astro-statistics both at Chalmers University of Technology and internationally. The PhD student position will be for 4-years with possible extension to 5 years with institutional duties. The position comes with generous benefits and a flexible starting date.

Information about the division and the department
Research at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment (SEE) addresses fundamental scientific topics. On the one hand, we focus on basic science related to the origins of the Universe, of our planet and of life. On the other, we observe what is happening on Earth today and develop methods, tools and models that enable us to look towards the future and find solutions to global challenges about resources, energy supply and environmental impact. The research in the division of Astronomy and Plasma Physics (AoP) covers a wide range of topics, including evolved stars, interstellar medium, astrochemistry, star and planet formation, exoplanets, observational cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution and galaxy clusters. The activities of AoP are situated at the main Johanneberg Campus and at the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO), which is the Swedish national facility for Radio Astronomy. The observatory operates telescopes in Sweden, shares in the APEX telescope in Chile, and hosts the Nordic ALMA Regional Center (ARC).

Major responsibilities
The major responsibility of the PhD student is to perform research in collaboration with members of the group. There will also be an opportunity for department duties such as teaching and/our outreach. Chalmers' employees have a responsibility to contribute to the work environment and collegiality at the workplace.

To qualify for this PhD student position you must have a Master in Physics, Astronomy or other related field and a demonstrated potential for research (obtained by the starting date of employement).

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

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

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230009 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• 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 experience of relevance for the position (e.g. education, thesis work and, if applicable, any other research activities)
• 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, e.g. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: 17-02-2023

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Gina Panopoulou, Astronomy & Plasma Physics; Space, Earth and Environments

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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