Doc­toral Stu­dent, Grav­it­a­tiol Wave Cos­mo­logy

Helsinki, Finland
08 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
13 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Helsinki is among the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world. In addition to its 11 faculties, the University includes several independent institutes, some of which are jointly operated with other universities. Some 35,000 students are currently pursuing an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree at the University of Helsinki.

As part of the Faculty of Science, the Department of Physics is responsible for high-end research into physics and astronomy on an international level, and academic education in physics based on that research. The focus area of the research are material physics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics. The department possesses nationally outstanding research equipment and close contacts with the top projects around the world.

With an annual budget of 12 Million Euros, some 200 person-years of work are completed at the department every year. The department has 20 tenured professors and 3 tenure-track assistant/associate professors. For more details, please see

The Department of Physics at the Faculty of Science of the University of Helsinki invites applications for a


position in gravitational wave cosmology from 1.1.21 (or by agreement) for a three years fixed-term contract.

The successful applicant will work on the gravitational waves from early universe phase transitions at the electroweak scale and beyond. The position is part of the Academy of Finland research project Characterising Gravitational Waves from Phase Transitions in the Early Universe, led by Mark Hindmarsh. The successful applicant will be funded by the project, and as part of the training will be supported in seeking other sources of funding.

The Department of Physics is co-located with the Helsinki Institute of Physics, and has a broad community of high energy physics, cosmology and astrophysics researchers in the Division of Particle Physics and Astrophysics. More information about the research areas can be found on these web pages.

There are also close connections to the department of physics at the University of Sussex, and the possibility to spend extended periods there. Visits to Sussex will be hosted by the Theoretical Particle Physics research group, which in collaboration with the Astronomy Centre has a thriving research environment for early universe cosmology. More information about the Sussex research groups can be found at

Junior researchers who will obtain their Masters degrees in physics this academic year are encouraged to apply. The position will be suitable for those intending to apply to the University of Helsinki Doctoral programme in Particle Physics and Universe Sciences (PAPU), or have just started. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in cosmology, particle physics, and computing, particularly in python.

The appointee must either already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki by the start of the appointment, or apply for the right and obtain it within the probationary period of 6 months applied in the appointment. If the appointee does not already have the right to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Helsinki, the appointee must apply for it separately after being selected for the position (


The salary will be based on level 2 of the demands level table for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal performance. The starting salary will be ca. 2300-2500 euros/month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The Faculty of Science has strong activities towards enhancing gender equality, diversity and employee wellbeing. The International Staff Services office ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.


Please submit your application consisting 1) a short research statement, 2) a curriculum vitae and 3) a list of publications into one pdf file, using the electronic recruitment system of the University of Helsinki via the link “Apply for the position”. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki should submit their application via the SAP HR portal.

Applicants should also arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent on their behalf to HR specialist Laura Karppinen, laura.karppinen(at)

The deadline for the applications is November 6th, 2020.


For further information, please contact Professor Mark Hindmarsh, mark.hindmarsh(at)

Due date

13.11.2020 23:59 EET