Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, fysiska 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.

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.

PhD student in Particle Physics

Type of employment: Limit of tenure, 4 years Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Physics, Division of Particle Physics, Lund First day of employment: as soon as possibleOfficial Records Number: NPA

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the world's most powerful accelerator, and one of the experiments exploring its data is the ATLAS ( detector, one of two general purpose detectors installed around the ring. Here the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012, a verification of the last component in our current knowledge of particle physics, the Standard Model. Now our primary goal is to discover phenomena beyond the Standard Model, to expand our knowledge and hopefully become able to answer some of the large questions remaining about our understanding of Nature, questions such as: What is the source(s) of the observed asymmetry between matter and anti-matter in the Universe? Are the quarks and leptons really fundamental particles? What is Dark Matter and Dark Energy? Do the known forces unify at high energies? The LHC now runs with almost double the previous energy, and we are looking for a PhD student to join us in the searches for new physics in the new data from the ATLAS experiment.


Job assignments


The main task will be to perform research but also the completion of graduate coursework will be required. The successful candidate will work with analysis of ATLAS data, in particular with lepton production at the highest energies. In the case of positive signals to identify their origins, and possible connection to some of the unanswered questions, and if fully consistent with the Standard Model, to demonstrate which suggested theories that can be excluded. The activities are located at the Department of Physics at Lund University. However, frequent visits to CERN will be required.The successful candidate would have the possibility to help with supervising Master's and Bachelor's students.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements

A formal requirement for doctoral studies in physics is:

  • A University degree at advanced level in a related field, such as a Master's degree in Physics or equivalent OR
  • Substantial advanced course work at the Master's level, or comparable, including an independent research project.

Furthermore, the acceptance is based on the student's estimated ability to complete the postgraduate studies.

Other requirements:

The applicant must be fluent in English.

The applicant should preferably have followed advanced courses in particle physics or related fields.

Basis of Assessment


The evaluation of eligibility is based on the expected ability of the student to perform well in the studies. The evaluation 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

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 interpersonal skills, drive and independence as positive

personal attributes.

The applicant should have good analytical skills and experience in programming. A large interest in working in an international environment since a lot of the activities will be at CERN and possibly even at other international laboratories.

The selection of the successful candidate will be based on the requirements indicated above and the estimated ability to cope with the challenges outlined in the anticipated assignments. A special weight is given to the quality of the diploma work.




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

(SFS 1993:100, ch. 5, with updates). Only those who are or have been admitted to

PhD- studies may be appointed to PhD position.


Application procedure

Only applications through the online system are considered. Applications must contain a cover letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests and their motivation for starting PhD studies. 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), copies of grade certificates, and any other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to.

In addition, we would like two reference letters to be submitted directly to, by the referees.Last day of applying: 2015-11-02





Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2015/3053
  • Torsten Åkesson, +46462227711
  • Else Lytken, +46462223060
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
Published 29.Sep.2015
Last application date 02.Nov.2015 11:59 PM CET

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