Doctoral position in Cosmology

A PhD position in Cosmology at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB, http://icc.ub.edu) is open under the supervision of Dr. Adrià Gómez-Valent. Some possible research directions include theoretical and phenomenological aspects of the cosmological tensions, physics beyond LambdaCDM (dark energy, modified gravity), model-independent tests of the standard cosmological model, etc.


Applicants should possess a Master's Degree in Physics or anticipate completing it by September 2024. Prospective candidates must have completed coursework in both General Relativity and Cosmology. Good programming skills are also regarded favorably.


Applicants should submit a single pdf file with their CV (including the university degree’s transcripts) and a statement of purpose (one page with past achievements and research interests) to this form. In addition, the referees will be contacted once the application is submitted before May 31, 2024.


The application deadline is in midnight CET on May 31st, 2024. A decision will be made by the first half of June 2024. The starting date is negotiable, but it is expected to be in the Fall 2024.


This PhD project will be partially funded (up to two years) by “la Caixa” Foundation (ID 100010434) and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847648, with fellowship code LCF/BQ/PI21/11830027. The succesful applicant will apply for local and national grants to cover the remaining part of their PhD. The gross salary will be of about 1200 euros. The position has also funds for traveling.



Contact: Dr. Adrià Gómez-Valent (agomezvalent@icc.ub.edu)



About the Institute of Cosmos Sciences:
Relevant to the offered position, researchers of the institute have broad interests, including galactic dynamics, open and globular clusters, stellar physics, star formation, models of galaxy formation and evolution, the Large Magellanic Clouds, computational astrophysics, data
analysis, cloud computing.
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences is a research institute of the University of Barcelona. It is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics, and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental particle physics.

As part of the University of Barcelona, the ICCUB is a recipient of the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) Award, which recognises, among other achievements, respect for equal opportunities and the capacity to attract talent in a positive working environment that promotes the pursuit of successful research careers. The ICCUB respects the principles of open, transparent, merit-based selection. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. For additional information please see the Diversity, equity and inclusion Commission.

The ICCUB is located in Barcelona, considered the 8th World's Best Cities 2022: one with near- perfect weather year-round, miles and miles of beaches, iconic parks, striking architecture and colorful neighborhoods that march to their own beat—artistic, sophisticated, bohemian. Moreover, it is a pole of attraction for the technology sector, a top choice to establish a company in this sector, and it hosts some of the world's major technological events, such as the Mobile World Congress and the Smart City Expo. In addition, Barcelona and its metropolitan area is a leading destination on the map of global technological ecosystems and has infrastructures such as science parks, universities and the 22@ district.