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Postdoctoral fellow in materials science, Sweden


Lund University was founded in 1666 and for a number of years has been ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 41 000 students and 6 900 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

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.

The research at the division of Solid State Physics is focused around different aspects of semiconductor physics, ranging from materials science to quantum physics, to different applications. The division also leads NanoLund, the major interdisciplinary research environment within nanoscience and nanotechnology at Lund University. Lund Nano Lab is a central key facility for fabrication of material and devices on the nanoscale. The division is also heavily involved in the undergraduate education, especially within the “Engineering Nanoscience” program.

The last decade, our research within the area of one-dimensional semiconductor structures, so called nanowires, has been at the international forefront. So far, our three main areas have been: epitaxial growth of nanowires, fundamental properties studied with transport physics and optical physics, and more applied nanoelectronics.

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Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to interact with the master students and the PhD students in the research group and contribute to meetings and seminars.

Semiconductor nanowires, or 1D structures grown atom-by-atom from the bottom up, are widely considered a potential breakthrough technology for downscaling of device components. One important advantage of the 1D nanowire geometry is the potential to separately control material formation perpendicular to the axis. In other words, the processes determining the lateral and vertical growth are distinct and can be separately controlled. This gives unprecedented freedom in developing complex nanostructures with designed functionality for a wide variety of applications. The next step in order to utilize these promising structures is to develop techniques to expand the one-dimensional geometry into three-dimensional architectures. In this project, the postdoctoral fellow will develop complex novel materials around semiconductor nanowire geometries. The project will initially focus on the development of AlSb and related ternary materials, and integration of these materials into an InAs-GaSb axial and radial heterostructure platform.

The postdoctoral fellow is expected to be able to work independently in developing the fabrication process, planning the project and analyzing the results, but also to collaborate with a variety of researchers. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to interact with and help to supervise the master and PhD-students in the research group, and to contribute to meetings and seminars.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • The subject of the doctorate degree should be materials science, physics or a related field
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:
The applicant must have a strong experimental background in material development, including experience developing the fabrication of new types of materials and characterizing their properties. The applicant must have practical experience with a variety of tools for characterizing material properties, such as SEM, XRD, EDX, XPS, and similar. A very solid background in materials science and thermodynamics must be demonstrated, and the applicant should demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of thermodynamics and kinetic processes to understanding the epitaxial formation of novel materials. Experience in collaborating with theorists on problems in materials science is preferred but not required. This experience and knowledge must be explained in detail in the cover letter. Strong skills in formulating and solving scientific questions must be demonstrated, as well as strong oral and written communication skills. These skills will be assessed based on the documented research work, including the PhD thesis and publications.

The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a broad competence profile and experiences from relevant areas of materials science, solid state physics and electrical engineering are of special value. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications must contain a covering letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests, including contributions to the described research project (maximum 2 pages). Applications must also include a CV, publication list, a copy of the applicant’s doctoral thesis, 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 the job specific questions in the final step of the application process.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 June 2016

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