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Tenured or Tenure Track Position in Theoretical High-Energy Astrophysics

The Researcher position is announced in co-operation with Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita) and the Faculty of mathematics and natural sciences, University of Turku (UTU). The appointment is initially for a term of five years. If the chosen applicant starts at a level of University research fellow then the position is permanent immediately. The duration of a joint work with the University of Turku and Nordita is five years, independent of the level of the employment contract.

The position is open to all qualified candidates in the field of Theoretical High-Energy Astrophysics. The successful candidate will conduct research in this area, and is supposed to interact with faculty, postdocs and graduate students at Nordita and the University of Turku. We seek individuals whose research will complement and expand the current research activities of Tuorla observatory that include black holes of all scales, neutron stars, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts.

The appointee will be employed by UTU, but the primary work location will be at Nordita, Stockholm for the first two and a half years and for the next two and a half years at Tuorla Observatory of UTU, Kaarina, Finland. During the five-year period, it is expected that the appointee will travel between both host institutes rather frequently to keep contacts and develop collaborations between the sites.

The position is either Postdoctoral Researcher (Tenure track) or a University Research Fellow depending on the level of the merits and scientific career of the chosen applicant. The position will be filled through a tenure track system first as fixed-term employment period as Postdoctoral Researcher. The aim of advancing on the tenure track is the qualification into tenure of a University Research Fellowship, which requires success in the evaluation. However, should we get an excellent applicant clearly possessing the competence of a University Research Fellow, a permanent University Research Fellow position can be filled from the very beginning of the term.

Primary duties at Nordita include carrying out research in theoretical high-energy astrophysics, supervising Nordita fellows and doctoral students, interacting with colleagues at Nordita and elsewhere in the Nordic countries, and taking an active part in the organization of meetings and advanced courses.

Primary duties in Turku include carrying out research and supervising students. Total teaching duties at UTU, including undergraduate and graduate levels in physics or astronomy, are about one course a year during the time spent in Turku. After the five-year period the duties of the University Research Fellow will be similar to those of other University research fellows at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, meaning scientific research, teaching and supervising students.

For details about qualification and other information, see the position announcement at the University of Turku.

Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2016 at the latest via the electronic application form of the University of Turku. The link to the electronic application system is at the announcement which can be found from (in this page). Application should consist of an Academic portfolio, CV, Publication list, Short research plan (less than 5 pages), and Degree certificates. Candidate must arrange for at least three recommendation letters to be submitted directly to Sanna Ranto (email: or address: Sanna Ranto, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 20014 Turun yliopisto, Finland).

Deadline: 31 August 2016

A note on our naming conventions for postdoctoral positions

We have two types of postdoc positions at Nordita.

The first kind, "Nordita fellows positions", are announced once a year with a deadline in November-December and start date the following autumn. Nordita fellows can pursue their research quite independently of our existing research groups, even though of course there is a lot of collaboration. There are typically 5-6 positions per year, all for two years.

Then we have "postdoc positions" announced within a particular project, typically connected with a grant. These postdocs are hired to work on that particular subject together with the other researchers in the corresponding group. The number of announced positions of this type is irregular, and depends on the ability of our senior staff to secure grants. The duration is typically two years but can vary, and start dates may also vary.

11 Jun 2016

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