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.
A significant part of the work at the division is in the area of bionanotechnology where we develop new methods to use nanotechnology for the study of biological systems or, vice versa, the use of biomolecular systems in nanotechnological devices. Among other activities, we are strongly engaged in international collaborations that aim to design, create and study artificial molecular motors based on proteins as well as development of biological computers based on molecular motors.
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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.
The PhD student will work on a research project that focuses on developing and testing nanostructures for applications with molecular motors. The aim is to use nanostructures to control and study artificial protein-based molecular motors that are synthesized by our collaboration partners. Nanostructures in combination with biomolecules may be developed also for other purposes, such as for use in biosensing or for the test and development of a network-based biological computer (PNAS 113, 2591 (2016)). Experimental methods used in the project will include fluorescence microscopy, nanofabrication (including electron-beam lithography), nanocharacterization (including scanning electron microscopy) and biochemical methods (e.g. surface functionalizations). Also theoretical methods such as numerical modeling and analytic methods may be used. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with one or more of our collaboration partners, primarily Nancy Forde’s group at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Sara Linse’s group at Lund University, Fredrik Höök’s group in Chalmers and Alf Månsson’s group at the Linné University in Kalmar.

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 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.

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

Other requirements:

  • Very good knowledge in spoken and written English is a requirement.
  • Experience from experimental work, for example in the form of an experimental bachelor or master Project.

Assessment criteria
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:
The project will make use of a broad spectrum of techniques and skills.  It is therefore of special value if candidates have a subset of the following experiences:

  • Coursework in biophysics, surface chemistry and/or optics.
  • Experience in working in a clean-room environment, fluorescence microscopy, wet-lab techniques relevant to biochemistry, and/or microfluidics.
  • Experience in numerical modeling and/or image analysis.

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 (1993:100), ch. 5, 1-7 §§. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to PhD position.

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.). 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 PA2017/3373
  • Prof. Heiner Linke, +46462224245,
Published 15.Nov.2017
Last application date 14.Jan.2018 11:59 PM CET

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