Jouni Kainulainen

Assistant Professor

Head of the galactic astronomy unit (interim),

Astronomy and plasmaphysics division,

Space, earth and environment department,

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

I am an astronomer with research interests in star formation and interstellar medium. I study how news stars in the Milky Way come to be and why Milky Way forms stars in the way it does.  

More specifically, I focus on Galactic-scale star formation observations, internal structure of star-forming gas, star formation models and laws, and astrophysical turbulence.

My research is/has been funded primarily through the European Research Council, German Science Foundation, Chalmers University of Technology, Max Planck institute for Astronomy, and Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsr├ądet).

Find here my publications in ADS (citation ordered).


PROMISE is a 5-year research program started in 2016 by an ERC starting grant. It aims at mapping thousands of young star-forming clouds in the Galactic plane and studying the earliest phases of star formation in them. It also aims at understanding the internal physics of the clouds using observations mainly from the ALMA interferometer array.

The PROMISE project pages provide an overview of the program, its results, and the resulting data.