Postdoctoral fellowship on the structure of the interstellar medium

Ref REF 2023-0569

Information about the division and the department
Astronomy and plasma physics (AoP) division at the Space, Earth and Environment (SEE) department at Chalmers hosts about 45 staff members involved in research activities such as active galactic nucleii, evolved stars, exoplanets, galaxy evolution, interstellar medium, star formation, as well as fusion plasma physics. The division also collaborates with the Onsala Space Observatory that hosts, e.g., the Nordic ALMA Regional Center node, and is the SKA center for Sweden.

We seek for an outstanding postdoctoral fellow to carry out an independent research program that addresses the 3-dimensional nature of the interstellar medium (ISM). The fellow's research interests and program should exploit the latest advances in 3D mapping of the Galactic ISM to gain insights on the physical processes in the ISM and/or the initial conditions of star formation. The program can have observational or theoretical focus; it can also have Galactic or extra-galactic focus. The program should also connect with the interests of the on-going 3D ISM studies led by Assoc. Prof. Jouni Kainulainen and Asst. Prof. Georgia Panopoulou. The candidate is also expected to participate in building a positive, inclusive work environment at the division.

The position has a high degree of independence, possibility to pursue new projects, generous research budget, and ample possibilities for collaborations.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as a postdoctoral fellow is to lead your own research program that is synergistic with the scientific interests of Assoc. Prof. Jouni Kainulainen and Asst. Prof. Georgia Panopoulou. The position includes an expectation to engage in building collaborative activities also beyond the immediate research project and participate in building a positive, inclusive work environment at the division.

To qualify for these postdoc fellowship positions, you must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field by the start date of the position. You must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers).
The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment. The position is initially for 2 years and has a horizon for up to 4 years, depending on the availability of funding. 

We offer
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230594 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.

The application should include the following:

- Cover Letter

- CV, including complete list of publications

- Statement of the past and current research (max 3 pages)

- Research plan emphasising the connections with the relevant studies at AoP (max 4 pages)

- Contact details of three referees who can be contacted for Reference Letters.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: 2023-12-01

For questions, please contact:
Assoc. Prof. Jouni Kainulainen, Astronomy and Plasma Physics,, +46 31 772 6423

Asst. Prof. Georgia Panopoulou, Astronomy and Plasma Physics,

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