Ph.D 5 PhD student positions in Basic Sciences

at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden

Welcome to Basic Sciences – an area that is fundamental to Chalmers and seven promising young researchers

What it can do for the world
Providing a nursery for the pure sciences, this area seeks to take responsibility for the continued progress and development of the university’s scientific foundation. Providing deep insight within core disciplines, the basic sciences are also a source of nourishment to the applied sciences and, ultimately, to society at large.

What we’re building on
Pure physics, mathematics, astronomy, chemistry and computer science provide a large part of our platform. We are an eclectic group of researchers dedicated to answering the calls of our chosen sciences. Some are leading experts in such specialised fields that our closest colleagues are on the other side of the planet. This is the nature of studying the universe.

Our fundamental physics research group addresses questions within elementary particle physics and mathematical physics. And in particular, within string theory and supersymmetric field theories, where both formal issues and future applications in other bordering fields are investigated. Engaged in large experimental facilities such as CERN in Geneva and GSI/FAIR in Darmstadt, the group also explores subatomic physics, nuclear astrophysics, and many-body systems.

The driving force behind our geoscience research is to understand the Earth system – which in turn
provides a basic knowledge for a sustainable future. Present research includes the atmospheric water cycle, volcano and industrial emissions, ozone depletion, forest biomass, sea ice, and the crust, rotation and interior of the Earth.

The research we perform in Mathematics comprises complex analytic geometry, algebraic geometry, harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory, analytic number theory, and discrete mathematics – or probability theory. We also have close collaborations with theoretical computer science in the areas of combinatorics, discrete mathematics, probability and logic.

The Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics group works closely with the Swedish National Facility for Radio Astronomy at Onsala Space Observatory. Areas of research include the evolution of galaxies with emphasis on starbursts and active galactic nuclei, cosmology, formation of stars and planets, late stages of stellar evolution, and astrochemistry.

The Theoretical Chemistry group focuses on fundamental perspectives on principle chemical reactions such as catalysis, high-temperature corrosion, and bio-nano-photo-voltaics. Areas of research also include contributions to fundamental quantum chemistry and an “octet rule” is developed for predicting new superconducting materials.

Our research in Theoretical Computer Science is within the areas of algorithms, logic, formalization of mathematics, and programming language theory. Our research is performed in close contact with neighbouring sciences, such as mathematics, philosophy, biology, and linguistics.

Where would you take it next?
If you are drawn to understanding the laws of the universe, if you think that your research might help us to fortify our foundations within one or more of the fundamental sciences, then please don’t hesitate in sending us your Assistant Professor or PhD application. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Process Overview

Last day to submit applications is February 15, 2010. During February and March, the applicants fulfilling the set of basic criteria will be evaluated. Interviews with top ranked candidates will take place in March and April 2010.

The position

The successful candidate will conduct doctoral studies within the fundamental sciences, in line with the intentions described in the application. The position will be placed at the department of the candidate’s choice.

The position is limited to maximum five years and corresponds to full-time research studies during four years. In addition, teaching in the undergraduate or masters curricula at Chalmers could be included corresponding to one year, teaching work distributed over the whole time of the position.

The specific aim of the five year period is for the PhD student to develop a high degree of independence and a general problem solving ability to make a continued successful carrier in either academia or industry possible.

Chalmers University of Technology offers an attractive working environment characterized by equal rights and opportunities for everybody.

Required qualifications

As for all PhD studies, a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, orally as well as literally, are needed. This is why we are looking for creative and independent candidates with documented analytical capacity and excellent language skills. Leadership and organizational skills are also valuable abilities. Depending on PhD-project, a suitable background is a university masters degree in either physics, engineering physics, astronomy physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry or chemical engineering.

Applicants should:

* have the potential to perform high quality research in the research field * be devoted to developing a study plan in line with the vision “Chalmers for a sustainable future” * be open-minded and interested in collaborating across borders within and outside Chalmers * have an interest in teaching and supervising undergraduate students

How to write your application

The application shall be written in English and include the following items:

* An application of a maximum of two A4 pages containing your specific qualifications for the position and a description of which area you would like to study and why, if appointed. Note: At the first page, your name, your university degree incl subject(s), name and web-address to the university of your masters degree should be evident. * Curriculum Vitae * Attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents * Letters of support (see instructions, no more than 2 letters) and name of reference persons

The application shall be sent electronically as pdf or zipped documents. Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Further information

Please contact Professor Bengt E W Nilsson, phone: +46 31 772 3160, e-mail: tfebn@chalmers.se
Union representatives
SACO: Jan Lindér
ST: Marie Wenander
SEKO: Johan Persson

All reachable via Chalmers exchange: +46 31 772 10 00

Reference number 2009/212
Application deadline 2010-02-15


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