Stockholm University, Oskar Klein Centre

1687 13224
Position ID:Stockholm University-OKC-PHD2019 [#13224, FV-0343-19]
Position Title: Several PhD studentships in Theoretical Work in Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Position Type:Academic admissions
Position Location:Stockholm, Stockholms Lan 106 91, Sweden [map]
Subject Areas: Cosmology/Particle Astrophysics
Physics / Astroparticle Physics, Astrophysics (astro-ph), Astrophysics Theory, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Elementary Particle Physics, Elementary Particle Theory, HEP-Phenomenology (hep-ph), HEP-Theory (hep-th), High Energy Physics, Particle Astrophysics, particle phenomenology and astroparticle physics, Particle Physics, Particle/Cosmology Theory, Physics, Physics - Mathematical Physics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Science, theoretical astroparticle physics, Theoretical Astrophysics, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics, Theory of Particle Physics
Astrophysics / Cosmology
Theoretical Physics / Astrophysics, Cosmology, Gravitational waves, Particle physics (theoretical and experimental)
Astronomy / Astrophysics (more...)
Appl Deadline:2019/04/23help popup finished (reviewing applications 2019/02/01, finished 2019/08/07, listed until 2019/04/25)
Position Description:    

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Several PhD studentships in Theoretical Work in Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics at the Department of Physics, Stockholm University.

(Closing date: 31 March 2019.) Prolonged application time! New closing date: 23 April, 2019.

The Department of Physics, located in the AlbaNova University Center is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science at Stockholm University and supports a broad range of fundamental research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has approximately 240 employees, 250 students at undergraduate level and 90 graduate students. Many have been internationally recruited. There are four research subjects within the postgraduate program: Physics, Theoretical Physics, Chemical Physics, and Medical Radiation Physics. These subjects span over several research groups with different research activities. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics hosts the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). For information about the Department of Physics, see:

Project description

Subject: Theoretical physics.

Several PhD openings are available for students to work with Prof. Katherine Freese on topics in astroparticle physics and cosmology including dark matter, dark energy, inflation, neutrino properties from cosmological data, and cosmic microwave background.

One position is specifically for students interested in the particle aspects of cosmology. Topics include: physics of the early Universe; the particle nature of dark matter; calculations relevant for dark matter searches in underground laboratories, space-based, and at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN; and dark stars.

Another position is for students in interested in learning about the Universe through analysis and theory of cosmological data, including cosmic microwave background and large scale structure data. Topics of study include neutrino mass and other neutrino properties, as well as other cosmological parameters.

Education at the research level

A PhD education at Stockholm University is four years (48 months). The 4-year PhD program includes at least 3 years of research and at most one year of course work. The position may be extended by up to one year if up to 20 % teaching assistance or administration is included in the contract. The PhD student is employed (“doktorandanställning”) during the studies, with a monthly salary starting at SEK 26 500.

Qualification requirements

An applicant who has completed a second-cycle (master's) degree, or completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits (ECTS) (4 years of studies), of which 60 credits (ECTS) must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere, meets the general entry requirements.

In order to be accepted as a PhD student in Physics or Theoretical Physics a BSc in Physics (or equivalent) is required. The studies must include 60 credits of second-cycle courses in physics out of which at least 15 credits correspond to a second-cycle degree project. The degree project does not have to have been examined at the application deadline, but work corresponding to half a semester of full-time studies should have been devoted to it.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The successful applicant will be selected based on documented theoretical and experimental knowledge relevant for the area of study, knowledge of scientific theory and method, analytical skills, personal motivation and team working skills. Well-developed English language skills are required. The applicants are encouraged to provide supporting documents that substantiate qualifications, e.g., knowledge, skills, abilities and experience. References and interviews will be used to assess qualifications of the applicants. We seek a self-motivated candidate with good analytical abilities and skilled in English.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

Terms of employment

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


For more information, please contact Prof. Katherine Freese, or

Further information about the position can be obtained from Prof. Per-Erik Tegnér,


Make sure to apply for the position here via Academic Jobs Online AND THEN at Stockholm University's recruitment system.

Further details about the position and which documents to include with an applications can be found on the application page.

Important: When you apply via Stockholm University's recruitment system,recommendation letters should be sent not later than April 23, 2019, via e-mail to: with the subject line: "SU FV-0343-19" + "name of the applicant".

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
+46 8 5537 8763
AlbaNova University Center
Stockholm University
Department of Physics
SE-106 91 Stockholm

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