A postdoctoral position is available in the Evolved Stars group of the Chalmers Department of Space, Earth and Environment. The research at the department addresses fundamental scientific topics. On the one hand, we focus on basic science related to the origins of the universe, 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 department hosts two research infrastructures: Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central. The department consists of five divisions (one of which is Astronomy and Plasma Physics), operations support and approximately 200 employees. We are situated at campus Johanneberg and at Onsala Space Observatory.

Information about the research and the division
The Evolved Stars postdoctoral position will be hosted within the Galactic astronomy unit of the Astronomy and Plasma Physics division, as part of the research groups of Professor Hans Olofsson and Wouter Vlemmings. The Galactic astronomy research unit is situated at the Onsala Space Observatory, 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). The research topics of the Galactic astronomy group cover Galactic star formation to evolved stars; other topics covered at the division include galaxy formation and evolution, and galaxy clusters. Evolved Stars research at the unit is well established and include about 10 members and several associated scientists at collaborating institutes.

Funds and opportunities for dissemination and international collaboration will be available. The research at Chalmers will mainly be done at Onsala Space Observatory, where Chalmers hosts the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy. 

-The details of the departmental research activities may be found here

Major responsibilities
A successful applicant is expected to contribute to several ongoing research programs in the Evolved Stars group. Additionally, the successful applicant is encouraged to lead an ambitious, independent research program related to Evolved Stars for a significant fraction of the position. This program should be aligned with the wide range of research at Chalmers, including the Onsala Space Observatory and ALMA ARC Node. The relevant themes include evolved stars from the AGB to post-AGB and Planetary Nebula phases, the circumstellar medium, and astrochemistry, from an observational perspective, primarily through molecular line observations. 

The position includes opportunities for supervising master and/or PhD students. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is offered for a three-year (1+1+1) period at postdoc/researcher level. 

To qualify for this postdoc fellowship position, you must have a PhD in a relevant field, for example astronomy, astrophysics or similar. 

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170564 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, including a complete list of publications
• Contact information of at least two potential referees.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• A cover letter where you introduce yourself and summarise your qualifications (1 page).
• A description of past and current research and main research results (max 3 pages).
• A statement of future goals (1-2 pages). 

Other documents:
• A copy of your PhD certificate or a letter indicting that you will obtain your PhD before the anticipated start date.

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

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Professor Wouter Vlemmings, Astronomy and Plasma Physics, wouter.vlemmings@chalmers.se, +46 31 7725509
Professor Hans Olofsson, Astronomy and Plasma Physics, hans.olofsson@chalmers.se, +46 31-7725535

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