PhD Position in Solar Activity at Nordita

Deadline: 15 January 2012; now extended to 1 February 2012

NORDITA - The Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics

NORDITA was founded in 1957 as a Nordic institute in theoretical (atomic) physics on the premises of the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University and is since 2006 in Stockholm under the auspices of Stockholm University (SU) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). NORDITA is located at the AlbaNova University Center, situated in the immediate vicinity of the two universities.

In continuation of the ERC-supported research on Astrophysical Dynamos at Nordita (see, there will be a PhD position on the formation of active regions in the Sun. The successful candidate will be working on numerical models of radiation magnetohydrodynamics to explain the spontaneous formation of active regions and ultimately sunspots.

The research in the group focuses on improving our understanding of the solar activity and the solar dynamo. This involves work on a number of topics including

  • Turbulent dynamo action in spherical shells,
  • The formation of active regions, sunspots, and coronal mass ejections from dynamo-generated magnetic fields,
  • The ejection of dynamo-generated small-scale magnetic helicity in coronal mass ejections,
  • Magnetic helicity fluxes and turbulent transport coefficients in hydromagnetic turbulence,
  • Solar cycle models and forecasts.

    The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Axel Brandenburg at Nordita. The PhD student working within this project will be formally enrolled at Stockholm University within the Department of Astronomy, but will have office space in one of the Nordita buildings. An extension to a fifth year is possible if the student takes up teaching or other duties at the department.

    Qualifications. To be eligible for the PhD position you will need to have a completed Master's exam in physics or astronomy at the starting date. Other science degrees and other types of degrees such as a Swedish civil engineering degree or a Swedish magister degree, may also make you eligible.

    Employment. The successful candidate will be supported as a PhD candidate at Nordita for 4 years. The position will start on 1 April 2012, or some other date agreed upon.

    Application. The application should include a curriculum vitae together including a list of publications, 2 letters of recommendation, a verified list of courses with grades and a motivation why the applicant wants to pursue studies for a PhD at Nordita. The application deadline is 15 January 2012. The application should be filed though our web interface In exceptional cases, you may also send your application via e-mail to, or send it to

    AlbaNova University Center
    Attn: Axel Brandenburg
    Roslagstullsbacken 23
    10691 Stockholm

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