Lund University, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

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.

The Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics announces a three-month's project assistant position within the topic of theoretical particle  physics. The successful applicant will work within the project "QCD Phenomenology and Event Generator Development" funded by the Swedish Research Council. The overarching goal of the project is the increased understanding of high energy particle collisions involving heavy nuclei and to develop a full event generator program for such collisions. Researchers with experience and background in theoretical or experimental particle physics with emphasis on phenomenological studies of high-energy particle collisions can apply.

Description of work

The project assistant will work with the computer program "Rivet" that facilitates the comparison between simulated particle collisions and experimental data collected e.g at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. In particular the assignments will focus on the development and implementation of computer code to better deal with particle collisions involving heavy ions. 


Applicants must have a PhD in theoretical or experimental particle physics and a documented background in the simulation of high-energy particle collisions and the comparison of these with experimental data. The applicant must also have documented experience with the Rivet program. Experience with developing code for this program is a clear advantage. 

Application procedure

The application should contain:

- A cover letter describing your background and motivation for
  applying for the position
- A CV with information about previous positions (if applicable)
- List of publications
- Name and contact information of at least two reference persons

Type of employment Temporary position 3-6 months
Employment expires 2019-01-31
Contract type Full time
First day of employment November 1st, 2018 until January 31st
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/3225
  • Leif Lönnblad, Professor, +46 46 222 77 80,
  • My Geborek, HR Officer, +46 46 222 48 53,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 09.Oct.2018
Last application date 23.Oct.2018 11:59 PM CET

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