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 around 44 000 students and more than
8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts
to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.
The Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research (https:// 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 (https:// 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 nanotechnology.
NanoLund (https:// www. nano.lu.se), 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
(https:// www. nano.lu.se/lundnanolab-2), a state of the art facility for
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X-rays have a unique ability to investigate samples in their natural state,
such as cells, proteins in solution or electronic devices potentially at
resolutions up to the atomic level. The advent of diffraction-limited storage
rings (MAX IV) and X-ray free-electron lasers (European XFEL) have opened
a whole new spectrum of applications due to their unprecedented brilliance.
This project aims to develop a novel X-ray imaging method, christened X-ray
multi-projection imaging, capable of filming processes in 3D, with temporal
resolution several orders of magnitude faster than up-to-date 3D X-ray imaging
techniques. In particular, the candidate will work on the development of such
technique and its application to the study of cellulose fibers, a renewable
biomaterial, which can replace fossil-based materials. The developed
instrument will be commissioned at two of the brightest sources in the world:
MAX IV and the European XFEL.
The project is experimental with a computational component. The successful
candidate will have the opportunity to:
Gain understanding of x-ray imaging instrumentation, from X-ray optics to
Participate in developing and designing a novel X-ray imaging technique
that exploits the unique capabilities of MAX IV and the European XFEL.
Gain hands-on experience on operations and instrument integration
techniques at large scale facilities such as MAX IV and the European XFEL.
Propose and test components suitable for X-ray multi-projection imaging
such as X-ray beam splitters, sample environments, and detection schemes.
Perform experiments on novel biomaterials (cellulose fibers) and address
fundamental questions to replace plastics.
Work in international research collaboration environments.
The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their
research studies which includes participating in research projects and third
cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other
departmental duties (no more than 20%).
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and
study programmes if he or she:
has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits
of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in
Sweden or abroad.
A person meets the specific admission requirements for third-cycle studies in
Physics if he or she has:
passed an independent project (e.g.degree project) of at least 30
credits in a relevant subject
Equivalent knowledge acquired through corresponding programmes will be
assessed individually. In order to enable interdisciplinary initiatives and
important specialisations in certain areas, students with qualifications in
subjects other than Physics may be considered for admission.
Finally, the student must be judged to have the potential to complete the
Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
Other assessment criteria
Experience in imaging techniques in any part of the electromagnetic
Experience in experimental physics and/or X-ray instrumentation is
appreciated including optics and detectors
Experience in optical fibers is appreciated
Experience in control systems
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 results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in
Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of the study.
An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
Written and oral communication skills
Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and
independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills,
is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the
third cycle programme.
Terms of employment
Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral
studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4
years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5
years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are
regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.
Instructions on how to apply
Applications should be written in English and include a cover letter stating
the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the
research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The
application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and
other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact
information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).
The English version of this announcement is an interpretation of national
formalities expressed in the Swedish text. In case of uncertainties, the
Swedish text applies.
The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology,
Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental
Science. 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 one of Lund University's largest departments with
approximately 400 employees. The department is shared between the Faculty of
Science and Faculty of Engineering. At the department there are seven research
divisions and a number of major research centra. The research at the
department covers a wide range of modern physics.
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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
County Skåne län
Reference number PA2022/2799
Pablo Villanueva Perez, +46462223813
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Last application date 31.Oct.2022 11:59 PM CET
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