PhD student position in the study of evolved stars

The Department of Space, Earth and Environment contains five divisions, with research and education spanning from global challenges related to sustainability and energy supply to astronomy and space sciences. The department is host to two major infrastructures, Onsala Space Observatory and Chalmers Power Central, and consists of about 250 employees.

Information about the project
This Ph.D. position will be hosted within the Astronomy and Plasma Physics Division of the Dept. of Space, Earth and Environment. The group has close connections to the Onsala Space Observatory, which is 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 division cover a broad range of topics including formation and evolution of galaxies, the birth and death of stars, astrochemistry, and exoplanets.
The evolved stars research group at Chalmers is one of the largest in Europe, with approximately 10 members from senior scientists to PhD students. The group is active in observational astronomy at all wavelengths, with a focus on millimeter and submillimeter facilities, as well as radiative transfer modelling of molecular line emission and dust, and chemical modelling.

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the study of evolved stars. The project will make use of instruments such as ALMA, APEX, OSO 20m, and IRAM 30m in the millimeter/sub-millimeter, as well as the Herschel Space Observatory in the far-infrared. The position will focus on the physical and chemical properties of low-mass stars appearing as carbon-enriched AGB stars in the late stages of their evolution. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to influence the details of the research project, with the possibility to combine observational work with theoretical modelling. The PhD student will be expected to lead the work in close collaboration with the other members of the group. The research will mainly be done at Onsala Space Observatory, where Chalmers hosts the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position may also include teaching at Chalmers or performing other duties corresponding up to 20 per cent of working hours, depending on availability.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

Qualifications
An MSc in astronomy or physics or similar is required. Experience with stellar evolution and/or observational techniques would be an asset.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish skills are not required. Chalmers offers Swedish courses for those interested.

Our offer to you
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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 20190118 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages containing
• introduction of yourself and presentation of your qualifications;
• description of previous research fields and main research results;
• future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

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

Application deadline: 1 May 2019

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Elvire De Beck, Astronomy & Plasma Physics, Space, Earth, and Environment, elvire.debeck@chalmers.se, +46 31 7725545

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

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