University of Geneva, Cosmology and Astroparticle physics group (DPT)

Position ID:University of Geneva-Cosmology and Astroparticle physics group (DPT)-PHD [#18110]
Position Title: Two PhD positions in cosmology
Position Type:Student programs
Position Location:Geneve, Geneve 1211, Switzerland
Subject Area: Cosmology
Appl Deadline:2021/03/22 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/02/11, listed until 2021/04/11)
Position Description:    

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We invite applications for two PhD positions in cosmology at the University of Geneva, starting in Fall 2021.

The candidate must have completed a Master degree in physics or equivalent by the starting date. The positions are funded for 4 years. The gross salary ranges from CHF 52'000 to CHF 68'000 per annum. PhD students are required to participate in academic activities such as teaching or the organisation of seminars.

Project 1: This project will be supervised by Prof. Camille Bonvin. The objective of the project is to develop new tests of gravity using the large-scale structure of our Universe. The way galaxies are distributed in the sky, as well as their observed size and shape, are directly sensitive to the theory of gravity. Upcoming large-scale structure surveys are expected to deliver very precise pictures of our sky over a wide range of scale and redshift, opening the way to a whole new range of tests of gravity. The aim of the project is to construct novel cosmological observables to test fundamental properties of gravity that are not accessible through standard large-scale structure analyses. The project is theoretical and will involve analytical and numerical calculations.

Project 2: This project will be supervised by Profs. Ruth Durrer, Martin Kunz and Camille Bonvin. The objective of the project is to study combinations of probes for the mission Euclid. The student will study relativistic effects in galaxy number counts and in number counts–shear correlations and determine how these effects will impact Euclid analyses. They will also study the impact of non-linearities for Euclid, using the relativistic code gevolution. The project is theoretical and will involve analytical and numerical calculations.

Group: The Cosmology and Astroparticle physics group is strongly involved in galaxy clustering, weak gravitational lensing, gravitational waves, dark energy, and modified gravity, see Senior members of the group are: Camille Bonvin, Julien Carron, Ruth Durrer, Martin Kunz, Lucas Lombriser, Michele Maggiore and Antonio Riotto.

Application: Applications should be submitted via academicjobsonline by March 22 2021. Please submit a CV, a transcript of all courses with grades, and a personal statement (maximum 1 page) describing your interest in the projects and whether you would like to be considered for both positions or only one of them. Please also submit the name and email address of two referees, who will be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Please contact Camille Bonvin (, Ruth Durrer ( or Martin Kunz ( with any questions.

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Further Info:
Departement of Theoretical Physics
University of Geneva
24, quai Ernest Ansermet
1211 Geneva 4

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