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 7 600 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.

Job Assignment

The candidate will play a leading role in the development and characterization of detector prototypes. A portion of this research will be performed in collaboration with groups from several different European countries. The candidate is expected to participate in these collaborations, which will require periodic travel and stays abroad. 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 an 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, acceptance is based on the estimated ability to accomplish postgraduate studies.

Other requirements:

  • Experience with the “from-scratch” development, construction, and evaluation of the performance of neutron detectors.
  • Proficiency with mathematical modelling, simulation, and data-analysis techniques.
  • Familiarity with the “from-scratch” development, construction, and evaluation of the performance of neutron detectors is required, as is proficiency with mathematical modelling, simulation, and data analysis techniques.
  • The willingness and ability to spend periods abroad.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written 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 result of studies at the basic and advance levels, in particular:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Skills in written and oral communication.
  • 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. Prior experience with photomultipliers (both single- and multi-anode), the detection of neutrons, and neutron scattering at small angles (SANS) are all assets. Familiarity with toolkits such as ROOT and GEANT4 are also assets, as are familiarity with CAD design, 3D printing, and prototyping. Experience with working effectively in a team in a research environment is also an asset. Solid presentation skills and the ability to follow timetables and meet schedules are highly desirable qualifications. Pertinent “hands-on” fabrication skills will be considered.

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 a 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 included 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 these job specific questions as the first step of the application process.

Obligatory Selection Questions

  • Do you or will you hold a Master degree in experimental physics or the equivalent completed by 2018-02-28?
  • Do you have experience in the field of “from-scratch” neutron-detector development?
  • Do you have experience with CAD design, 3D printing, and detector prototyping?
  • Do you have experience with mathematical modelling, simulation, and data-analysis techniques?
  • Do you have excellent oral and written English skills?
  • Do you have experience with scintillation-based neutron detectors?
  • Do you have experience with performing experiments using neutrons?
  • Do you have experience with working as a member of a team on a research Project?

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 20180401
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/392
  • Kevin Fissum, 046-2229677
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 29.Jan.2018
Last application date 23.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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