Lund University, Faculty of Science, 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.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

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.
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The Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research (www.sljus.lu.se) is a part of Physics and has more than 40 employees. The main focus of the research is experimental studies of electronic, structural and chemical properties of materials, especially at surfaces but also free molecules and clusters. At the division, we use and develop a wide range of synchrotron and laser based techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. We also host one of Sweden's largest facilities for scanning probe microscopy.

Job assignment
Postgraduate studies in physics at the Division of Synchrotron Radiation. This a multidisciplinary project in which the candidate will study electrochemically formed nanostructures using a variety of microscopy and diffraction techniques. In Lund, work will take place in our electrochemistry lab as well in the Nanolab cleanroom. Further measurements will be carried at large scale facilities in both Europe and the USA.  The main task for the doctoral student will be to conduct research education, which includes work with research but also to master graduate courses. In addition to their research education, those appointed to doctoral student positions may be required to work with educational tasks, research and technical/administrative duties.

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
  • 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
  • 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:

Good knowledge in spoken and written English is a requirement.

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:

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

Previous experience of synchrotron radiation based x-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy and electron microscopy is an advantage. Experience in the design of experimental equipment is an advantage. Basic knowledge in surface physics / surface chemistry is an advantage. Basic knowledge in electrochemistry is an advantage. Significant experience in programming using Python/Matlab / C++ or equivalent is desirable.

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, teaching and other institutional duties normally occur 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). 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.

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 PA2018/69
Contact
  • Edvin Lundgren, +46462224154
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 17.Jan.2018
Last application date 16.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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