Lund University, Department of Physics, Synchrotron Radiation
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
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.
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 Research (http://www.sljus.lu.se)
is a part of the Department of Physics and has more than 40 employees.
The focus of the research is on experimental studies of electronic,
structural, and chemical properties of materials. The Division is
developing a new activity focussing on magnetic properties. At the
Division we use and develop a wide range of large facility- and
lab-based techniques. We are additionally engaged in the development of
the MAX IV Laboratory in the fields of beamlines, experimental stations,
techniques for Synchrotron radiation and the accelerator systems. MAX
IV (www.maxiv.lu.se/) is a
national large-scale research laboratory hosted by Lund University and
situated within biking distance from the Department of Physics. It
provides scientists from Sweden and the rest of the world with the most
brilliant Synchrotron radiation source and instrumentation for research
in areas such as materials science, structural biology, chemistry and
formerly known as the Nanometer Structure Consortium, founded in 1988,
supports and coordinates activities within nanoscience and
nanotechnology at Lund University. NanoLund is today Sweden’s largest
research environment for nanoscience, engaging approximately 250 PhD
students and scientists in the faculties of engineering, the natural
sciences, and medicine at Lund University. Its vision is to bring
together the most creative minds in a world-leading interdisciplinary
research environment to help overcome society’s grand challenges by
pushing the frontiers of nanoscience. NanoLund runs Lund Nano Lab (http://www.nano.lu.se/lundnanolab-2), a state of the art facility for nanofabrication.
For more information about the main supervisor of the project, please see: http://www.sljus.lu.se/staff/jesper-wallentin/
project will use nanofabrication methods to create novel
high-resolution X-ray detectors. Detectors convert high-energy X-ray
photons into an electrical signal, and are critical in X-ray systems for
clinical and industrial applications. Established bulk detectors have
relatively large pixels, which limits the resolution in for instance
X-ray microscopy. The project aims at reducing the pixel size of X-ray
detectors from the current micrometer size to tens of nanometers.
student will study the interaction of X-rays with nanostructures, with
the aim of developing future high-resolution detectors. In particular,
nanowires and other nanostructures will be investigated as X-ray
detectors. To this end, the project will create devices in the Lund Nano
which has world class facilities for nanodevice fabrication. Detectors
will be made using electron beam lithography, metal evaporation and
other nanofabrication tools. The devices will initially be characterized
and optimized using electrical and optical methods. Subsequently, the
devices will be tested using nanofocused X-ray beams at the Nanomax
beamline at the new MAX IV synchrotron, as well as at PETRA-III in
Germany, ESRF in France and possibly other international synchrotron
The project is primarily experimental and will require
extensive work in the cleanroom of the Lund Nano Lab. Knowledge and
experience of X-rays is not required; this will form a part of the
training as required.
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
- substantial advanced course work at the Master level, or comparable, including an independent research project.
The degree does not have to be completed at the time of application.
Furthermore, the acceptance is based on the estimated ability to accomplish postgraduate studies.
Good knowledge in spoken and written English is a requirement.
Basis of assessment
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:
- 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
- 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
- Skills in written and oral communication.
- Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.
Additional assessment criteria are:
- Experience in semiconductor fabrication techniques such as lithography
- Experience in semiconductor physics
- Experience in X-ray sources, X-ray detectors and X-ray imaging
- Experience in programming
- Experience in optical and electrical characterization of semiconductors.
- Experience with novel materials, such perovskites or nanowires.
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. We consider good cooperation ability, drive and
independent work ability as positive personal attributes.
Terms of employment
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.
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.
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|Type of employment||Temporary position longer than 6 months|
|First day of employment||as soon as possible|
|Number of positions||1|
|Contact||esper Wallentin, +46 46 222 04 69 |
|Union representative|| OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64 |
|Last application date||31.Oct.2019 11:59 PM CET|
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