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.

The Division of Synchrotron Radiation Physics ( is a part of the Department of Physics and has more than 40 employees. A strong focus of the research is experimental studies of electronic, structural and chemical properties of materials using synchrotron radiation, advanced lasers as well as high resolution Scanning Probe microscopy in combination with nanoscale engineering.  

NanoLund ( is the Centre for Nanoscience at Lund University. NanoLund is today Sweden’s largest research environment for nanoscience, engaging approximately 270 PhD students and scientists in the Faculties of Engineering, Science, and Medicine. It operates Lund Nano Lab, a state-of-the-art cleanroom for the synthesis, processing, and characterization of semiconductor nanostructures.

While light is used extensively for information transport and storage, this is rarely the case for information processing. This might be about to change as much progress have been made in concentrating and manipulating light using components much smaller than optical wavelengths, which allows for the necessary miniaturization of optical computation circuitry and better compatibility with integrated electronics technology. Secondly, traditional computation is reaching its limits both when it comes to speed/power consumption, interesting optics based solutions to these problems has been proposed. Thirdly, implementing various non von-Neumann computation schemes such as for example deep learning networks could potentially benefit from using optoelectronic circuits.

We have groups with a combination of unique methods that provide special opportunities to both design novel nanocomponents down to the atomic scale for computation and for answering important fundamental questions on the limits of electronics at the ultrafast timescale. Combining nanoplasmonic and III-V Nanowire heterostructures with varying bandgap, shape and crystal structure we can make circuits that respond locally to the optical signal or concentrates it on the nanoscale. We have a number of very different highly advanced ultra fast laser systems (LLC) at the forefront of what is possible with laser technology allowing us to precisely shape light pulses in time, energy, polarization and phase. Finally we have excellent nanoscale characterization and electronic readout in the form of PhotoEmission Electron Microscopy (PEEM) and Spectroscopy, STM/AFM and device electrical measurements.

Work description
The successful candidate will work to design and simulate new nanoscale components and laser operation schemes as well as working on a fundamental physics understanding of the dynamical processes which is needed for logic operations at femto/atto second time and nano length scales. The aim is to design new nanoscale component, laser and detection schemes for demonstrating fundamental applications of computation using engineered light and nanoscale structures. The work will focus on the single component level, but it should connect to an understanding of the function at a systems level for larger scale analog, neuromorphic etc. computing. The work will be done in collaboration experts within nanoscale photonics/electronics, advanced lasers, nanoscale synthesis and characterization. The work is mainly envisioned to be theoretical using both commercial and own programs, but will be directly linked to work of experimentally oriented students and researchers.

The position is placed at Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Department of Physics. However it will involve significant collaborations within the world leading Lund Environments: NanoLund (, Lund Laser Center ( and MAX IV (

The main duty involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20 % of working hours. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to interact with the master students and the PhD students in the research group and contribute to meetings and seminars.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD degree, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for application.

Additional requirements:

The subject of the doctorate degree should be in physics, optics, nanoscience, or equivalent. Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills or related experience, such as mentoring, supervision, or training in equipment use.

Additional assessment criteria are experience/knowledge of:

  • Simulation of light fields in nanoscale structures using FDTD or similar
  • Analog, neuromorphic, reservoir computing and signal processing
  • Learning networks
  • (Nano)photonic circuitry design/simulations
  • Semiconductor nanophotonics
  • Nanostructure fabrication
  • Femto/atto second lasers
  • Simulation of light/matter interaction
  • Scientific Programming

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
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Apply online! The application should contain a covering letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests, including contributions to the described research project (maximum 2 pages). Applications must also include a CV, publication list, a copy of the applicant’s doctoral thesis or a link to its freely available online version (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.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible for two years
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/72
  • Anders Mikkelsen, Professor, +46 46 222 96 27,
  • My Geborek, HR-Officer, +46 46 222 95 62,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 25.Jan.2018
Last application date 08.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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