at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 08 December 2021.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). 

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Project description
We are searching for an outstanding individual to conduct original research on theoretical, phenomenological or observational aspects within astroparticle physics and cosmology, with a particular focus on axions and dark matter.

The recruited candidate will benefit from the lively interdisciplinary research environment in axion physics at Stockholm University. Primary funding is provided by the grant “Detecting Axion Dark Matter In The Sky And In The Lab” ( from the Swedish Science Foundation. Faculty members involved in this programme include:
David Marsh, Hiranya Peiris, Alexander Balatsky, Stefano Bonetti, Jan Conrad, Ariel Goobar, Jon Gudmundsson, Tim Linden, Igor Pikovski, and Frank Wilzcek, in addition to several postdocs and PhD students.   

The successful candidates will be part of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics ( in Stockholm, a rich scientific environment that comprises more than a hundred researchers working in both theory and experiment in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and particle physics at both Stockholm University and the Royal Institute for Technology. The OKC hosts a vibrant research program on dark matter, dark energy, transient and multimessenger astrophysics, galaxy evolution, structure formation, and related particle physics questions. Postdoctoral associates are also welcome to participate in Scientific Programs at Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, which bring together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods.

Main responsibilities
The position involves original research on cosmological and astrophysical signals from axions and axion-like particles. Depending on the recruited candidate’s interests, the work may include phenomenology, data analysis or theory.  The postdoctoral fellows will be expected to contribute to research, write up research for publication, collaborate effectively with local and international partners, and present their work at international conferences. Daily tasks may include theoretical calculations, numerical simulations, or working with observational data.  

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills and communication skills. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in theoretical physics, cosmology or astroparticle phenomenology. 

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years. Start date 2022-09-01, or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Assistant professor David Marsh, telephone: +46 8 55 37 85 97,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: FV- and state in the subject line: SU FV-3695-21 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • why and how you wish to complete the project
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 08/12/2021