Postdoctoral Fellows in Supernova and Kilonova Research

Stockholm University Department of Astronomy


Postdoctoral Fellows in Supernova and Kilonova research (2) Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-2769-20

at the Department of Astronomy. Closing date: 21 September 2020.

The Department of Astronomy is one of the biggest departments at the Faculty of Natural Science, Stockholm University, with 15 faculty staff, ~20 senior and postdoctoral researchers, and ~25 PhD students. Active research areas include stars and supernovae, planets and astrobiology, and galaxies and cosmology.

Project description

We seek two postdoctoral researchers associated with the ERC-funded project “Three-dimensional spectral modelling of astrophysical transients: unravelling the nucleosynthetic content of supernovae and kilonovae”, led by Dr. Anders Jerkstrand.

Main responsibilities

The positions are focused on developing and applying light curve and spectral models in order to diagnose the structure and composition of SNe and KNe. The work can involve improving the physical treatments in spectral modelling code (the group uses mainly the SUMO code), including gas microphysics and radiative transfer, calculating new models, and also data collection and analysis. One position will be KN-focused and the other SN-focused (core-collapse variant). The ultimate goal is to better understand the stellar origin of these transients, the physics of the explosion, and the origin of the elements.

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 productivity.

Terms of employment

The positions involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 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 the PI of the ERC project, Dr. Anders Jerkstarnd,

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: References should send their letters of recommendation no later than 21 September 2020 via email to:

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
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 21/09/2020

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