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 on 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.

The project will be a continuation of an existing collaboration between NanoLund (Prof. Heiner Linke), the Linnaeus University in Kalmar (Prof. Alf Månsson), and the Technical University Dresden (Prof. Stefan Diez) on interactions between designed nanostructures and molecular motors (the actomyosin and kinesin-micotubule systems). During 2017-2021, the project will be supported primarily by the EU Horizon 2020 project Bio4Comp (Parallel network-based biocomputation: technological baseline, scale-up and innovation ecosystem), which aims to develop and test a biocomputer based on molecular motors. Project partners are Lund, Kalmar, TU Dresden, Molecular Sense and the Fraunhofer Institutes in Chemnitz and Würzburg. Lund’s task within the project is the development of new concepts for biocomputation, the design and fabrication of nanostructures, experiments in collaboration with Kalmar and Dresden, and benchmarking of the new technology.

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

The PhD student will work on a science project with the aim to develop and test new nanostructures for applications with molecular motors, in particular within biocomputation. New concepts for biocomputation will be developed, tested and evaluated. Other applications may also be targeted, for example the use of nanostructures for biosensing, or for biophysical experiments with small numbers of molecular motors.  Experimental methods will include nanofabrication (including electron-beam lithography), characterization (including by electron microscope), biochemical methods (for example surface functionalization), and fluorescence microscopy. Also theoretical methods, such as numerical modelling, mathematics, and analytic methods may be used. The project will be performed in close collaboration with national and international partners, primarily with the groups of Alf Månsson (Linnaeus  University, Kalmar) and Stefan Diez (TU Dresden).

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

  • 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:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

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 this 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 masters 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:
We expect that your undergraduate studies include courses in physics, including biophysics and optics. The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a broad competence profile and experiences from relevant areas of physics, computer science, biochemistry, image analysis  and nanoscience are of special value. The ability for skillful laboratory work is essential, specifically experience in clean-room work, wet-lab techniques relevant to biochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, and electrical characterization. Skills in numerical modeling are also of advantage. Important personal qualities are, beside creativity and a curious mind, the ability to work both independently and in a group and experience in the scientific interaction with researchers from other disciplines and in other countries.

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 in the final step of the application process.

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 PA2017/950
  • Heiner Linke, Professor, +46462224245
Published 21.Apr.2017
Last application date 14.Aug.2017 11:59 PM CET

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