Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Astrophysics with Emphasis on Core-Collapse Supernovae

Stockholm University Department of Astronomy

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Astrophysics with Emphasis on Core-Collapse Supernovae

Ref. No. SU FV-4854-20


At the Department of Astronomy, Stockholm University. Closing date: 31 January 2021.

The Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in core-collapse supernova theory and computational astrophysics (reference number SU FV-4854-20). The Department of Astronomy has around 80 employees. The main research areas are Galaxies, Supernovae, Computational astrophysics, Solar physics, and Planet and Star formation.

Project description

This project aims at the development and execution of state-of-the-art computational tools for simulating core-collapse supernovae, with a particular focus on black hole formation and the multi-messenger signals produced from these extreme environments.

Main responsibilities

The successful applicant will join Dr. Evan O'Connor’s group and the research performed within the computational astrophysics group at our department. Experience in numerical techniques including relativity, hydrodynamics, and radiation transport are considered fundamental to carry out the project. The position also offers the possibility to interact with other research groups at the department, both theoretical and observational, as well as within the Oskar Klein Centre.

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 a doctoral degree in Astronomy/Astrophysics and research skills focusing on numerical relativity, radiation transport, and computational hydrodynamics.

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 summer 2021, or as per agreement.

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Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr Evan O’Connor,

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 references

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:
    – past research and research plan
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisment
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 2 files) can be sent to

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 31/01/2021