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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 42 000 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. www.fysik.lu.se/english.

The Division of Atomic Physics at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University, Sweden has a staff of over 50 researchers including guest researchers and graduate students. The research at the division is mainly based on the use of lasers, ranging from diode lasers to terawatt lasers at the High-Power Laser Facility. Some areas of research are: physics with high intensity laser pulses, attosecond science. VUV/XUV laser spectroscopy, quantum electronics, quantum optics and solid state spectroscopy, applied molecular spectroscopy, laser applications in medicine and biology, and industrial applications. More information can be found at http://www.atomic.physics.lu.se/.

Job assignment
The work within this position will be performed at the Lund High power laser facility and to some extent at national and international user facilities, mainly involving experimental work. The main part of the experimental work will be carried out in collaboration with the other researchers in the group, but the student will more specifically work on a project with the goal to generate isolated attosecond pulses by means of a two-color field and use these attosecond pulses for pump-probe studies of charge dynamics in molecules. The student is expected to work with the completion of the experimental setup, implementation of the technique at the beamline and to run the coming experiments on a daily basis.

The project may include the following tasks:

  • To operate and use a high power femtosecond laser for the generation of intense high-order harmonics, and optimization of these
  • Using an optical parametric amplifier for generation of isolated attosecond pulses using a two-color field
  • Application of these attosecond pulses to time-resolved studies of atoms and molecules using an imaging ion and electron spectrometer

The main task for the doctoral student will be to conduct research education which includes work with research but also to master graduate courses.

Entry requirements
A formal requirement for doctoral studies in Physics is:

  • a university degree on advanced level within a related field, such as a Master's degree in physics or equivalent, or
  • substantial advanced course work at the Master level, or comparable, including an independent research project.

A person meets the specific admission requirements 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.

Furthermore, the acceptance is based on the estimated ability to accomplish postgraduate studies.

Other requirements:

  • Good knowledge in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of Ultrafast Optics and Laser Physics 

Basis of assessment
Selection to postgraduate studies is based on the expected ability to perform well in the studies. The evaluation of the ability to perform well is based primarily on the results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in particular:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate studies within the research area, such as a broad and thorough preparation in physics. This can be documented by appended documents.
  2. Estimated ability to work independently and the ability to formulate and solve scientific questions. This ability can be established, for example, based on undergraduate research experiences, a Master's thesis or in a discussion of scientific problems during a possible interview.
  3. Skills in written and oral communication.
  4. Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Knowledge of high-order harmonic generation and attosecond pulses is a merit
  • Theoretical or practical experience on techniques for generation of attosecond pulses using two-color fields is a merit

We consider good cooperation ability, drive and independent work ability as positive personal attributes.

Terms of employment
A PhD position is an employment with the main duty to be engaged in PhD studies according to the study plan. The duration of PhD studies is 4 years full time studies. In addition, those appointed to doctoral student position may be required to work with educational tasks, research and technical/administrative duties at a level of at most 20% of full time. The position is then extended correspondingly, however not longer than corresponding to 5 years full time employment. PhD positions are subject to special regulations. These can be found in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100, ch. 5, with updates). Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to PhD position.

Application procedure
Apply online! Applications must contain a covering letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests. Applications must also include a CV, a copy of the applicant’s Master’s thesis (or a summary text if the thesis is not yet completed), contact details of at least two references, copies of grade certificates, and any other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to. Applicants are also required to answer the job specific questions as the first step of the application process. 

Remarks
The English version of this announcement is an interpretation of national formalities expressed in the Swedish text. In case of uncertainties, the Swedish text applies.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment as soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/785
Contact
  • Per Johnsson, University lecturer, +46 46 222 7658, per.johnsson@fysik.lth.se
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62, st@st.lu.se
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64, kansli@saco-s.lu.se
Published 17.Mar.2017
Last application date 07.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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