Astronomy and Space Science, Chemistry, Physics: Atomic and Molecular
A 4-years position of a Ph. D. student in the field of astrochemistry and molecular astrophysics is available at Stockholm University under the supervision of Prof. Wolf D. Geppert. The work will focus on the investigations of ion reactions in the interstellar medium and planetary ionospheres trough experimental and theoretical methods. The focus will be on:
Identification of products of ion-ion reactionsrelevant for the interstellar medium and planetary ionospheres using the novel and unique DESIREE double storage ring in Stockholm
Studies of atmospheric and interstellar ion-neutral reactions of ions using guided beams. In a collaboration composed of the Universities of Trento, J. Heyrovský Institute (Prague), Université Paris Saclay, and and SU we will pursue the selective generation of specific isomers of ions and investigations of their reactions with common molecules in Titan’s atmosphere.
Spectroscopic studies of isomeric ions With the help the ion trap experiment at the FELIX free electron laser at the University of Nijmegen infrared spectra of isomeric cations will be measured in order to establish selective production procedures of their isomers.
Furthermore, we envisage planning of rocket- and balloon-based missions to assess the abundance, identity and distribution of cluster ions in Earth’s atmosphere and their possible role in aerosol formation. The experimental and modelling studies to be carried out regarding ion clusters will identify the build-up and destruction processes of ionospheric clusters, predict their abundances and thus be of fundamental help in preparing a scientific case for such missions.
The results of these investigations will be used as input data of model calculations of dark interstellar clouds and planetary or satellite atmospheres and for astronomic observations.
The successful candidate will be offered full-time employment with a competitive salary and full medical and social security coverage. Also, the Stockholm University Astrobiology Centre has some funds for travel.
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The successful applicant will be dully employed as a Ph. D. student at Stockholm University and enjoy a competitive salary, full health insurance and social security benefits (unemployment and retirement benefit, paternity leave etc.
About Stockholm University
Stockholm University, in the capital of Sweden, is characterised by openness, innovation and collaboration. Ranked among the world’s top 100 universities, Stockholm University is one of Europe's leading centres for higher education and research in human science and science.
Stockholm University was founded in 1878 with the ambition to revitalise higher education in Sweden. Since its inception, close contact with the wider world and active exchange of knowledge and experience have been integral to this vision.
Currently, the university has 33,000 students, 1,600 doctoral students, and 5,500 members of staff active in the scientific areas of human science and science. We offer 190 programmes and 1,700 courses in science, humanities, social sciences and law, including 75 master’s programmes taught in English. The university has a total revenue of SEK 4.93 billion.
With a global perspective and through collaboration with others, Stockholm University contributes to the development of knowledge. Education and research in human science and science in the international frontline, as well as in interdisciplinary work, make this possible. We make knowledge accessible to all through dialogue, participation in public debate and the development of society
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