Doctoral Student in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Lund University Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics


Doctoral student in Astronomy and Astrophysics


Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, institutionen för astronomi och teoretisk fysik


Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The activities of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics are centred around three main areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Theoretical Particle Physics; and Computational Biology and Biological Physics. Our research is driven by our curiosity to understand reality, from the smallest of particles to the largest astronomical structures, as well as the structure of Life itself. We have a strong international position in all three areas, and we are actively working on further strengthening our international profile.

We announce a PhD position in astronomy and astrophysics at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics. The student will work within the inspiring environment at Lund Observatory, which currently hosts 35 scientific staff, including postdocs, and 15 PhD students.

The starting date is flexible, with a preferred date within August-December 2020.

Work duties

The PhD student will work with Oscar Agertz on the topic of galaxy formation and evolution in a cosmological context. The student will carry out numerical simulations of galaxies with a focus on chemo-dynamical evolution in the context of future and ongoing surveys such as Gaia, APOGEE, WEAVE and 4MOST.


The position is open to students of all nationalities who, at the time of starting the PhD studies, have obtained a Masters degree in astronomy, physics or in other ways obtained the equivalent qualifications. In case of uncertainty concerning the applicant's eligibility, it is advisable to contact the department for clarification. The discipline curriculum for postgraduate studies in Astronomy and astrophysics is found at

Good knowledge in spoken and written English is required.

Basis of assessment

Regulations concerning appointment as a doctoral Studentship can be found in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998:80. To be accepted for postgraduate studies, a student must be judged to have the competence necessary to complete a PhD during the tenure of the appointment. In addition to pursuing postgraduate studies, the doctoral student may be required to perform other duties - including research, teaching and administration - according to the specific regulations.


Candidates should send a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of research interest. The application should also include the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of two persons who have agreed to serve as a reference for the applicant. Note that reference letters should not be sent to us in connection with the application; we will contact the reference persons when required.

Information on the PhD programme at faculty level and at department level

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2020 by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/4125
Oscar Agertz, Associate senior lecturer, +46-46-2221576,
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 27.Jan.2020
Last application date 06.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET


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