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The ubiquity of sensor, computing, communication, and storage technologies provides us with access to previously unknown amounts of data—Big Data. It has revolutionized research communities and their scientific methodologies and innovated the approaches to knowledge and theory building, validation, and exploitation in the Sciences and the Humanities. With the foundation of a Linnaeus University Center on “Data Intensive Sciences and Applications” (DISA, https://lnu.se/disa) in Jan 2017, Big Data has officially become a research profile at Linnaeus University.
The advertised position will be physically placed in the Astroparticle Physics group and the candidate will work with Associate Professor Yvonne Becherini who is a member and key researcher of DISA. The thesis will be co-supervised by Associate Professor Sabri Pllana from the Computer Science Department.
The PhD candidate will work in Very-High-Energy gamma-ray astronomy and will participate in the international projects H.E.S.S. and the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). In addition, the candidate will work in the framework of the construction and operation of ALTO, a wide-field and high-altitude gamma-ray observatory to be installed in the southern hemisphere, please visit the website lnu.se/en/ap for more information. All our projects are data intensive and pose huge challenges in data handling, data distribution and data analysis.
Field of subject for the position: Physics with specialization in Big Data in Astroparticle Physics
Placement: Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology – Växjö Campus, Sweden
The focus of this advertised PhD position and the corresponding research project is on Big Data for Astroparticle Physics. The research will be performed within DISA, funded by Linnaeus University for five years. Overall aim of this DISA subproject is to better understand how to successfully manage, distribute and analyze large amount of data in Astroparticle Physics.
Duties will consist mainly of the following:
Graduate studies in the field of Physics (with elective courses in Computer Science), with a doctoral degree as the goal. The PhD thesis should be completed and defended within the official appointment duration of five years (4 years graduate studies, 1 year departmental tasks).
Research in the field of Big Data in Very-High-Energy Astronomy. The position is part of DISA and its subproject in Astrophysics.
Join the efforts in operating the Swedish CTA GRID node.
Regularly present intermediate research results at international conferences and workshops, and publish them in conference proceedings and journals.
A person fulfills the general entry requirements if he/she:
Has been awarded a degree on second-cycle level;
Has completed the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which 60 credits on second-cycle level, or
in other way, in Sweden or abroad, has acquired principally equivalent knowledge.
Specific prerequisites for admission to graduate studies in Physics are required:
a minimum of 90 higher education credits in the subject Physics or in subjects related to the doctoral level studies, or equivalent knowledge acquired in some other manner either in Sweden or abroad, and
a good command of Swedish and/or English.
Applications to graduate studies are governed by rules in the admission regulations.
The selection of candidates is made with regard to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete and benefit from their studies at the graduate level. The assessment takes into account academic skills documented in scientific works, especially focused on the quality of the essays at the undergraduate level, any advanced work and other scientific or scholarly works. The assessment also takes into account breadth and composition of the undergraduate degree as well as the picture which the intended principal academic supervisor, examiner, and other colleagues in the research group and the subject obtained of the applicant’s potential.
The applicants are ranked by the entity concerned for the graduate education after a statement of opinion is received from the prospective principal academic supervisor with proposals on order of precedence.
Selection among applicants who meet the requirements of §35 and §36 will be made with regard to their potential ability to benefit from the educational program.
The University determines which assessment criteria are to be applied in determining the potential ability to benefit from the educational program. See also (HF Chapter 7, §41).
Additional assessment grounds
The successful candidate has excellent analytical and problem solving skills, is a committed researcher with a drive for excellence. Prior research experience concerning the subject matter is a significant advantage. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are essential to publish and present results at international conferences and in international journals. Advanced skills in computing are a key requirement as all activities are carried out in Linux/Unix environments and using C++/Python programming languages. Interpersonal skills and flexibility are of key importance since the work is done in a research group.
The contract can start immediately after the candidate has been selected.
Please contact the PI of the DISA subproject on Astroparticle Physics, Associate Professor Yvonne Becherini, +46 470 76 8591, email@example.com or the DISA research coordinator Prof. Welf Löwe, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 76 760 36 62
Head of department, Senior Lecturer Pieternella Cijvat, +46 470 70 8642, email@example.com
Human Resources Consultant, Camilla Andersson, +46 470 70 80 36. firstname.lastname@example.org
Application must be marked with ref no: PA 2017/2252-2.2.1 and should be submitted online no later than 2017-06-01. The application must include a cover letter, a resume and the contact information of two referees. In addition, a link to the candidate’s Master’s thesis should be provided.
Linnaeus University has the ambition to utilize the qualities that an even gender distribution and diversity brings to the organization.
Please apply by clicking on the "Apply" button at the bottom of the ad. Applicants are requested to the application resolving CV, cover letter , a copy of a relevant essay , grades and certificates and other relevant documents. The applicant also requested to submit with their application a proposed research plan within the current area of research. All documents must be attached to digital in the application. The application and other documents shall be marked with the reference number. All documents cited must be received by the University no later than 24.00 on the closing day.