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Open Positions

Nordita Visiting PhD Student Fellowships, Fall 2020

The visiting PhD student program at Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, is open for applications. The program offers selected students the opportunity to spend time at Nordita and take advantage of the research environment and ongoing scientific activities at the institute and the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm.

This can, in particular, include collaboration on research projects with Nordita academic staff and participation in Nordita Scientific Programs in areas of interest to the students, but should also be viewed as an opportunity to broaden their general knowledge and to interact with researchers working in diverse areas of modern theoretical physics.

Visiting PhD fellows may also be interested in taking PhD-level courses offered at the Universities in Stockholm area.

Duration and Starting Dates

A visiting PhD fellowship will be awarded for a period of up to three months, providing accommodation and travel to and from Stockholm, but no salary or per diem.

Starting dates for stays at Nordita are flexible.


A visiting PhD fellow must be registered elsewhere as a PhD student in theoretical physics or a related subject.


A visiting PhD fellow must choose a local host, normally one of the Nordita faculty, who takes on a mentorship role during PhD fellow's stay at Nordita. Please contact your host before submitting an application, and discuss with them prospective research plan along with the duration and dates of your visit.


An application for the PhD fellowship program must be sent by e-mail to, and should contain the following data:

  • your name and e-mail
  • your home institute
  • start date and topic of your PhD thesis
  • name and e-mail of your thesis advisor
  • name, institute and e-mail of one referee (if other than the thesis advisor)
  • name of the Nordita host
  • your CV
  • short (no more than one page) description of prospective research activities at Nordita

Ask the referee to send a letter of recommendation to the same e-mail address.

Your Nordita host should separately send to the same address a letter of motivation for your visit.

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be evaluated twice a year. The next deadline is the 15th of June 2020.

Further Information

If you have any questions, or need help in selecting a Nordita host, please contact the coordinators of the program at The coordinators are Marie Hermanns, Dhrubaditya Mitra and Olof Ohlsson Sax.

» Applications should be sent via e-mail
Deadline: 15 June 2020

A note on our naming conventions for Nordita postdoctoral positions

We have two types of postdoc positions at Nordita.

The first kind, "Nordita fellows positions", are announced once a year with a deadline in November-December and start date the following autumn. Nordita fellows can pursue their research quite independently of our existing research groups, even though of course there is a lot of collaboration. There are typically 5-6 positions per year, all for two years.

Then we have "Nordita postdoc positions" announced within a particular project, typically connected with a grant. These postdocs are hired to work on that particular subject together with the other researchers in the corresponding group. The number of announced positions of this type is irregular, and depends on the ability of our senior staff to secure grants. The duration is typically two years but can vary, and start dates may also vary.

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