Postdoctoral fellow in Theoretical Physics

Lund (Stad), Skåne (SE)
12 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral fellow in Theoretical Physics

Lund University,Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The activities of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics are centred around three main areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Theoretical Particle Physics; and Computational Biology and Biological Physics. Our research is driven by our curiosity to understand reality, from the smallest of particles to the largest astronomical structures, as well as the structure of Life itself. We have a strong international position in all three areas, and we are actively working on further strengthening our international profile.

The Theoretical Particle Physics group has an opening for a two-year postdoctoral fellow in Particle Physics Phenomenology, starting in the autumn of 2021, or by agreement.

Subsequent to recent recruitments, the Lund group consists of ten senior scientists, six post-doctoral fellows and ten PhD students. Rikkert Frederix, Leif Lönnblad, Stefan Prestel, Malin Sjödahl, Torbjörn Sjöstrand, Korinna Zapp and Gösta Gustafson (emeritus) work on various aspects of QCD and collider phenomenology, with emphasis on event generator development and applications thereof. Johan Bijnens mainly works on hadron and flavour physics, notably with chiral perturbation theory as a tool. Johan Rathsman and Roman Pasechnik are mainly working on the phenomenology of physics beyond the Standard Model, especially Higgs physics and unified gauge theories. Further information about the group can be found on the website

We enjoy good relations with the experimental particle physics group in Lund, which is a member of ATLAS and ALICE, and which explores the possibility of fundamental physics experiments at the upcoming European Spallation Source in Lund and in the search for Dark Matter.

Description of work
The postdoctoal fellow should work on topics related to simulation of heavy ion collisions within the scope of the ERC project collectiveQCD led by Korinna Zapp. This project involves the development of new models describing simultaneously collective effects and jet quenching, and the implementation of these in Monte Carlo event generator programs. Special emphasis will be put on investigating observables of such effects, in particular jet quenching, not only in heavy ion collisions but also in smaller collision systems.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. The applicants should hold a PhD in theoretical particle physics or a nearby field not older than 3 years at the application deadline. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject. We are primarily looking for applicants with solid experience in heavy ion physics.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Application procedure
The application should be submitted electronically using the recruitment system of Lund University, or On the linked page to the current position click on the "Login and apply" button and follow instructions.  Applications instead sent directly to one of the group members cannot be considered. 

The application should consist of a CV (incl a copy of the PhD degree diploma), a brief research plan, and a publication list.

The names of three references should be included and they should be instructed to send letters of recommendation directly to at the latest the last application date.

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