Lunds universitet

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 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 carry out a broad range of research in theoretical astrophysics, including but not limited to: the formation of planets and planetary systems, in particular the details of the physical processes that assemble planets from dust and gas in protoplanetary discs; the dynamical evolution of planetary systems and the observable effects both on individual planetary systems and on populations of planets; cosmic explosions such as supernovae and gamma-ray bursts and their origins in the evolution of single and binary stars; the effects of dynamical processes in stellar clusters on the properties and evolution of their constituent stars and planets; and the formation and growth of super-massive black holes across cosmic time.  Much of this research is driven by evolving observational capabilities, and we collaborate closely with observational astronomers to interpret and understand the latest data, and to drive the development of new facilities.

We are now looking for two postdoctoral fellows to strengthen our studies in theoretical astrophysics.  We are open to applicants with a broad range of backgrounds (both observational and theoretical) and diverse research interests, to work with researchers at Lund Observatory on the topics described above.  The positions are for two years with a possibility of a one-year extension.

Work description

Both postdocs will pursue their own research programme, working together with researchers in the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics.  A successful candidate is expected to bring ideas and work together with researchers in Lund as well as elsewhere.

One of the postdocs will, in addition to carrying out their own research in collaboration with researchers in Lund, also work with Alexander Mustill on using polluted white dwarfs to constrain the abundances of extra-solar planets.  This will involve modelling the ultimate fate of asteroids, including how they are affected by remaining planets after the star has evolved into a white dwarf.

The other postdoc will, in addition to carrying out their own research in collaboration with researchers in Lund, also work with Ross Church on the early lives of binary stars that go on to form gravitational wave sources. This project will look at the dynamics of the star-forming regions in which such binaries are found and their effect on the properties of gravitational-wave sources that form there.  Expertise in stellar evolution, binary evolution and stellar dynamics will be advantageous for this position.


Postdoctoral positions are research-focused appointments intended as the first stage of a science career. The applicants should hold a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or equivalent that is not older than 3 years at the deadline for the application. The applicant should preferably have documented research (e.g., published scientific papers) in an area of research relevant to one of the projects listed above.


The application is done online. Candidates should upload a CV, publication list, and a statement of research interest by February 22, 2018. The statement of research interest should include the applicant's plans for their own research that they wish to carry out in Lund, and an explanation of how they could contribute to one or both of the specific projects detailed above.  Names and contact information for three persons willing to give references should also be supplied.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2018 by agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/94
  • Alexander Mustill, Researcher, +46-46-2221612,
  • Ross Church, University lecturer, +46-46-2221609,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46-46-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46-46-222 93 64
Published 18.Jan.2018
Last application date 22.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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