Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, kemiska institutionen

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.

Job description

A PhD-position is available in theoretical chemistry for computational investigations of molecular-based systems for solar energy conversion, with particular focus on Earth-abundant materials such as photo-functional iron-based complexes currently under development. Investigations of photophysical and photochemical properties of new molecular systems will be conducted using quantum chemical calculations. Key aspects of this project include accurate quantum chemical calculations of excited state properties, as well as advanced computational investigations of photoinduced charge transfer processes and excited state evolution. Developing fundamentally new insight into excited state properties of complex molecular materials with unconventional photophysical and photochemical properties using first principles quantum chemical methods will be a key part of the research. The computational investigations will be conducted in close collaboration with experimental groups in the Department of Chemistry at Lund University dedicated to developing and characterizing novel molecular systems for solar energy conversion and related photochemical applications. This project therefore provides extensive opportunities to collaborate with experimental colleagues for example in terms of joint analysis of experimental and computational results.


We are looking for a highly motivated PhD-student with a very strong background in chemistry, physics, material science or equivalent. A thorough understanding of molecular quantum mechanics and a good general understanding of molecular photochemistry is required for the position, and the position particularly requires excellent aptitude for research in theoretical and computational chemistry where a successful candidate must possess the excellent general analytical skills required to carry out advanced computational chemistry research projects. Good collaborative skills and a keen interest also in molecular photophysics and photochemistry including photoinduced dynamics phenomena is very important to function well in the collaborative and cross-disciplinary research environment involving both theoretical and experimental collaborators. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

The applicants should provide their CV, publication list (if appropriate), description of any research experience, motivation letter that justifies why they want to start PhD education at Lund University and how this particular research project matches their own interests and scientific background, and ideally one or two academic recommendation letters with the detailed contact information to the persons providing the references. 

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who:

- have completed a second-cycle degree

- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from    second-cycle courses, or

- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

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 PA2018/3830
  • Petter Persson, senior lecturer, 046-2223311
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 26.Nov.2018
Last application date 31.Dec.2018 11:59 PM CET

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