Postdoctoral Fellow in Instrumentation and Data Analysis

Stockholm University Department of Physics

Postdoctoral Fellow in instrumentation and data analysis for CMB experiments Stockholm

Ref. No. SU FV-3245-21

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at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 15 December 2021.

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). 

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Project description

We are advertising a postdoc position to work with Dr. Jon E. Gudmundsson on novel research in instrumentation, simulation, and data analysis for experiments studying the cosmic microwave background (CMB), including SPIDER, the Simons Observatory, the LiteBIRD satellite, and CMB-S4. Potential research topics include: data analysis, high-fidelity simulations of optical systematics, development of systems for mm-wave characterization of optical components, and pipeline development for next-generation CMB experiments. Candidates are encouraged to define their own research projects within the scope of the efforts above.

The successful candidate will be part of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics (http://www.okc.albanova.se/) 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. The OKC hosts a vibrant research program on dark matter, dark energy, transient and multimessenger astrophysics, galaxy evolution, structure formation, and related particle physics questions. Postdoctoral associates are also welcome to participate in Scientific Programs at Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, which bring together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods.

Main responsibilities

The position involves novel techniques in data analysis and optical instrumentation for millimetre wavelengths. Daily responsibilites include the development of new code (primarily in Python) as well as analysis and simulation pipelines for CMB experiments. Other daily responsibilities include active participation in group meetings and mentoring of PhD students. The successful candidate is also encouraged to actively contribute to the lively academic environment at the OKC.

Qualification requirements

The postdoctoral position are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicant 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 proven experience in data analysis and experimental physics techniques that relate the project description. We are looking for a driven candidate with strong ability to work both individually and in groups. 

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances.

The proposed start date is flexible. The potential starting data can be as early as December 2021 and preferably not later than November 2022.

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

Contact

Further information about the position can be obtained from Dr. Jon E. Gudmundsson, telephone: +46 8 553 780 70, jon@fysik.su.se.

Union representatives

Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, saco@saco.su.se, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, alejandra@st.su.se, and seko@seko.su.se (SEKO).

Application

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: FV-3245-20.refletters@fysik.su.se and state in the subject line: SU FV-3245-20 + 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: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 15/12/2021