Faculty of Engineering, Institutionen för maskinteknologi

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.

Subject description
This position is a part of a large KAW financed project, coordinated by the Division of Atomic physics at Lund University. The aim is to develop and investigate a new type of slow light materials where the speed of light is reduced by up to five orders of magnitude. These materials can provide orders of magnitude performance improvements in widely different areas, here exemplified by frequency- and time-standards, penetration depth of optical tissue diagnostics and optical detection/treatment of malignant and cardio-vascular diseases.

For the project related aspects on crystal mounting to achieve frequency stability better than one part in 1015 is challenging and requires detailed calculations. Further atom-atom interactions in the slow light materials will affect the optical properties of the crystals, which need to be given careful attention considering the stability needed. The boundary conditions following the crystal mounting will likewise have to be taken into account.  This latter issue constitutes a scientific area which to our knowledge has not previously been explored.

Work duties

  • Develop and define proper boundary conditions for the crystal mounting with respect to the mechanical stability using finite element simulations
  • Develop an atomistic model of the crystal structure
  • Simulation of atomic motions due to environmental influences from electric and magnetic fields, temperature and forces.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will  also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

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 mechanics if he or she has:

  • a university degree on advanced level within a related field, such as a Master's degree in engineering physics, mechanical engineering, engineering mathematics or equivalent
  • relevant advanced course work at the Master level or comparable

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

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.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills.
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Qualifications, skills and experience in analytical modelling and computer simulations. Experience from working with classical molecular dynamics and/or finite element modelling is considered beneficial.
  • Ability to analyse various data and compile and report results.
  • Documented ability to compose scientific text.
  • Participation in research projects.
  • Fluency in Swedish, in verbal and in writing is considdered beneficial.

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.

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. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1998:80).

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 your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/1126
  • Aylin Ahadi, 046-2223039
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
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66, sekocivil@seko.lu.se
Published 24.Apr.2017
Last application date 22.May.2017 11:59 PM CET

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