Postdoctoral Fellow in Astroparticle or Theoretical Particle Physics

Stockholm University Department of Physics

Postdoctoral Fellow in Astroparticle or Theoretical Particle Physics Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-3601-20


at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 1 December 2020.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). 

Project description

We announce a new postdoctoral position focused on astroparticle physics, broadly defined. Particular areas of emphasis include dark matter indirect detection, cosmic-ray propagation, as well as gamma-ray theory, modelling and observation. The postdoctoral fellow be funded by a Vetenskapsrådet grant awarded to Tim Linden, but will have significant scientific freedom to collaborate extensively with researchers situated across the Albanova campus. 

The successful candidate will be part of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics (OKC; in Stockholm, a rich scientific environment that comprises more than a hundred researchers working in both theory and experiment in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and particle physics at both Stockholm University and the Royal Institute for Technology (KTH). The OKC hosts a vibrant research programme on dark matter, dark energy, transient and multimessenger astrophysics, structure formation, and related particle physics questions. Postdoctoral fellows are also welcome to participate in Scientific Programs at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita.

The postdoctoral fellow will also benefit from interactions with a dynamic research group spanning activities in particle theory, cosmology and astrophysics. Faculty involved in this research group include Profs. Frank Wilczek, Tim Linden, and David Marsh. Current activities of the group include: indirect searches for dark matter annihilation, BSM model building, high-energy astrophysics, axion theory, and quantum computing.

Significant computational resources are available through the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). The postdoctoral fellow will also receive a competitive research budget to allow for conference travel and the purchase of computational resources.

Main responsibilities

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct theoretical, computational, and/or observational research in high-energy astroparticle theory. She/He will be expected to contribute to research articles and to present key research results at international scientific conferences.

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 productivity, communication skills, publication record, and faculty recommendations. Applicants are expected have a strong background in either particle or astrophysics theory, along with a significant interest in both topics.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2020-09-01 or 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 Tim Linden,

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:Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-3601-20 + name of the applicant 

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: 01/12/2020