Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Department of Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

The research at the division of Solid State Physics is focused around different aspects of semiconductor physics, ranging from materials science to quantum physics, to different applications. The division also leads NanoLund, the major interdisciplinary research environment within nanoscience and nanotechnology at Lund University. Lund Nano Lab is a central key facility for fabrication of material and devices on the nanoscale. The division is also heavily involved in the undergraduate education, especially within the “Engineering Nanoscience” program.

Since almost ten years, our research within the area of one-dimensional semiconductor structures, so called nanowires, has been at the international forefront. So far, our three main areas have been: epitaxial growth of nanowires, fundamental properties studied with transport physics and optical physics, and more applied nanoelectronics.

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This PhD research programme will be carried out within the context of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN) INDEED (Innovative Nanowire DEvicE Design). The project is funded by the European Commission, under the Horizon 2020. Through the project activities, the PhD students will have the opportunity to come in contact and collaborate with several of the leading European research groups.

Work duties
The main task for the doctoral student will be to conduct research education which includes work with research but also to master graduate courses. Within this project, modelling and possibly experimental investigations leading to increased understanding of fabrication of nanostructures will be carried out. In practice this means determination of thermodynamic data of high relevance for fabrication of nanowires. Here, the emphasis will be on calculation of phase diagrams and optimization of thermodynamic data with the so called CALPHAD method. To support the calculations, experimental measurements and ab initio calculations might be necessary. The PhD student is also expected to model growth of nanowires and possibly other nanostructures based on the assessed thermodynamic data. The PhD student is expected to work independently but in close collaboration with other research groups at the division and within NanoLund. Collaboration with and research visits at other members of the INDEED network as well as an industrial internship are also included in this PhD student project.

Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in physics if he or she has:

  • at least 30 credits of relevance to the subject, including at least 15 second-cycle credits, and a second-cycle degree project of 15 credits of relevance to the field, or
  • an MSc in engineering in engineering physics or an associated field, or a Master’s degree in physics or an associated field

Additional requirements:

  • Very good knowledge in spoken and written English.

Eligibility criteria
The applicants must meet all the criteria listed below:

  1. Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment by the host organisation. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. However, full time spent on non-research related activities may be discounted, where each case is evaluated on its own merit.
  2. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  3. Prior to starting their position, the successful fellows must have completed the courses that would have allowed them to enroll in a doctorate program either in the country where they are studying or in the country offering the position.

Assessment criteria
Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study, such as a broad and thorough preparation in physics. This can be documented by appended documents.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems. This ability can be established, for example, based on undergraduate research experiences, a master thesis or in a discussion of scientific problems during a possible interview.
  3. Written and oral communication skills.
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:
We expect that your undergraduate studies include courses in thermodynamics, materials science, statistical mechanics, and applied mathematics. The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a broad competence profile and experiences from relevant areas of physics, materials science and nanoscience are of special value. The capability for and interest to develop theories and to do modeling is essential. Collaboration with experimentalists and the ability to model experimentally observed phenomena are important. Experience of programming, simulations, ab initio calculations, and CALPHAD are beneficial. Since the thermodynamic calculations will be carried out using Thermo-Calc, knowledge about this software is of advantage.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme. One important experience is also the scientific interaction with researchers from other disciplines and in other countries is of value.

Terms of employment
Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for at least two references, letters of recommendation, etc.). Applicants are also required to answer the job specific questions in the final step of the application process.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment Snarast
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/773
  • Jonas Johansson, Associate Professor, +46 (0)46 222 1472,
Published 17.Mar.2017
Last application date 21.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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