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PhD in Physics: Nanostructures for catalysis, 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.

Since almost 15 years, 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. This project is performed in collaboration with Center for Analysis and Synthesis, Department of Chemistry in Lund.

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Job assignment
The main task for the doctoral student will be to conduct research education which includes work with research but also to master graduate courses

Within this project will be conducted basic as well as applied research related to nanometer-sized metallic nanoparticles tethered to nanowires, especially directed toward using such structures for catalysis of chemical reactions in the liquid phase. The research will initially be directed toward development of nanowire growth optimized for this application and modification of the metal particle’s composition after nanowire growth, in close collaboration with synthetic chemists. Further research will be directed toward processing of local electrodes on the nanoscale for electrochemical studies and physical measurement methods for characterization of both the particles and the catalytic processes. Apart from crystal growth and processing, the research will involve advanced materials analysis, especially using electron microscopy. In collaboration with other scientists other types of characterization will be performed of both materials and devices, for example by synchrotron based x-ray diffraction. This position forms part of the new project “Understanding Nanocatalysis”, supported by a grant from the LMK-foundation.

Entry requirements
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.

Furthermore, the acceptance is based on the estimated ability to accomplish postgraduate studies.

Other requirements:
Good knowledge in spoken and written English is a requirement.

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 particular:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate studies within this area, such as a broad and thorough preparation in physics. This can be documented by appended documents.
  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 masters 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 expect that your undergraduate studies include courses in solid state physics, quantum physics, processing at the nanoscale, general chemistry and materials science. The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a broad competence profile and experiences from relevant areas of physics, chemistry and nanoscience are of special value. The ability for skillful laboratory work is essential; experience from clean-room environments and with catalysis is especially valuable, as is experience with synchrotron sources.
Important 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.

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
Applications must contain a covering letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests. Applications must also include a CV; a summary of research/laboratory experience (1–2 pages, 12 p Times New Roman); 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. Applicants are also required to answer the job specific questions in the final step of the application process.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 15 June 2016

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