Research: Overview

Dr. Martin Sahlén

Research Interests - Summary

My work is at the intersection between theoretical and observational cosmology, with an emphasis on modelling and constraining dark energy, modified gravity, neutrino properties, non-Gaussianity, and other cosmological components - as well as methods for testing fundamental assumptions in the concordance model of cosmology. In this context, I employ state-of-the-art statistical and numerical methods to analyze data and forecast future experimental capabilities from surveys of cosmological expansion and growth of structure. Recent work includes predictions for tests of modified gravity models with voids, a popular account of which can be found here.

Some of my work focuses on using galaxy clusters and voids as cosmological probes, especially as a member of the Euclid Consortium, XMM Cluster Survey (XCS) and the XXL Project.

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Academic Positions

Oct 2012 Dec 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow in Foundations of Cosmology

Beecroft Institute of Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology, University of Oxford, UK


Sep 2009 Aug 2012

Oskar Klein Postdoctoral Fellow in Cosmology

The Oskar Klein Centre, Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Sweden


Mar 2009 Aug 2009

Postdoctoral Fellow in Statistics/Mathematical Biology

Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK


Sep 2008 Dec 2008

Research Assistant in Cosmology

Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sussex, UK



Academic Background


DPhil in Astronomy

Astronomy Centre, University of Sussex, UK

Thesis: "Bayesian constraints on dark energy and cosmic structure from supernovae, galaxy clusters and other probes"

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Liddle


Licentiate of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics

Department of Physics, Stockholm University, Sweden

Thesis: "Direct Reconstruction of the Quintessence Potential"

Supervisors: Prof. Lars Bergström


Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Part III Maths)

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK



MSc Engineering Physics

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden

Thesis: "Gamma Rays from Primordial Black Holes in Supersymmetric Scenarios"

Supervisor: Prof. Lars Bergström, Stockholm University

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Contact details

University of Oxford, Astrophysics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK

+44 (0)7453 058020, +46 (0)76 1844240


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