PhD Student in Nanotechnology with Biomolecular Engines Lund University, Lund University of Technology, Physical Department Sweden

PhD student in nanotechnology with biomolecular engines

Lund University, Lund University of Technology, Physical Department


Lund University was founded in 1666 and is ranked recurrently as one of the world's 100 leading universities. There are 42,000 students and 7,400 employees in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our quest to understand, explain and improve our world and human condition.


Lund University of Technology, LTH, is a technical faculty at Lund University with research of a high international class and major efforts in pedagogical diversity.


The Physical Department is one of Lund University's largest institutions with approximately 350 employees. At the department there are seven research departments and a number of major centers. The research at the department covers a wide range of modern physics.

The doctoral student service is linked to the physics department of the Solid State, where extensive research is conducted on various aspects of semiconductor physics, ranging from material science to quantum physics to various applications. The department also heads NanoLund, Lund University's major interdisciplinary research center on nanoscience and nanotechnology. Lund Nano Lab is a central and common facility for the production of materials and components on the nano scale. The department also has a strong commitment to undergraduate education, not least in the engineering engineering program "Technical Nanoscience" at LTH.

A large part of the department's activities are in the field of bio-nanotechnology where we develop new methods of utilizing nanotechnology to study biological systems, or vice versa, to use biomolecular systems in nanotechnology. Among other things, we are strongly committed to international collaborations with the goal of designing, creating and studying artificial protein engines, as well as developing biological computers using molecular motors.

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The main task is to devote themselves to their own postgraduate education, which includes both participation in research projects and successful participation in postgraduate courses.

The doctoral student will work with a research project that focuses on the development and testing of nanostructures for applications with molecular motors. The goal is to use nanostructures to control and study artificial protein engines developed by our partners. Nanotructures in combination with biomolecules can also be developed for other purposes, for example for biosensors, or to test and develop new concepts for network-based biosystems (PNAS 113, 2591 (2016)). Experimental methods within the project will include fluorescence microscopy, nanofabrication (including electron beam lithography), nano-characterization (including electron microscopy) and biochemical methods (eg surface modification). Also theoretical methods such as numerical modeling and analytical methods may be used. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with partners, mainly Nancy Forde's team at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Sara Linse's group at Lund University and Alf Månsson's group at Linnaeus University in Kalmar.



Basic eligibility for postgraduate education has it as:

  • graduated at advanced level, or
  • Completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, with content relevant to postgraduate studies (eg Master's degree / Master of Science in Physics or similar), or
  • in some other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.

The requirements for special qualifications for the PhD program physics meet the one who has:


  • Master of Science in Engineering Physics or related subject areas, or a Master's degree in Physics or related subject area or
  • at least 30 higher education credits with relevance to the subject area, of which at least 15 higher education credits at advanced level and an advanced level of at least 15 higher education credits with relevance to the subject area


Other requirements:


  • Very good knowledge of English, in spoken and written terms, is a requirement.
  • Experienced experimental work eg in the form of an experimental candidate or master's degree project.


Assessment basis

Selection for postgraduate education takes place according to the ability to take advantage of this. The assessment of the ability according to the first paragraph is mainly based on the study results at the first level and the advanced level. In this regard, particular consideration is given to:


  • Knowledge and skills relevant to the dissertation and the subject matter, see below. These can be shown through attached documents and a possible interview.
  • Assessed ability for independent work and ability to formulate and attack scientific problems. For example, the assessment may be based on the degree work and a discussion about this in the event of an interview.
  • Ability for written and oral communication.
  • Other experience relevant to the education at the research level, eg professional experience.


Other merits: 

project uses a wide range of technologies. Therefore, it is particularly meritorious to bring a selection of the following experiences:


  • Courses in biophysics, surface chemistry and / or optics.
  • Experience of cleanroom work, fluorescence microscopy, wetlab techniques relevant to biochemistry and / or microfluidics.
  • Knowledge of numerical modeling and / or image analysis.


Consideration will also be given to good co-operative ability, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his experience and competence, is expected to have the ability needed to complete postgraduate education. An important feature is also the ability to interact with researchers from other disciplines.



A doctoral student service is an employment with the main task of engaging in their own postgraduate studies according to the study plan. Postgraduate studies have a duration of 4 years in full-time studies. In addition, the holder may be required to perform duties relating to education, research and technical / administrative work equivalent to a maximum of 20% full time. The doctoral student service is then extended correspondingly, however, to the equivalent of 5 years full-time employment. The doctoral student service is surrounded by special regulations contained in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 100, Chapters 5 to 7). As a holder, only the person who is admitted to postgraduate education may be assigned to the holder.


Instructions for application 

application must be written in English. The application must contain a personal letter stating why you are interested in the employment and how the research project matches your interests and your educational background. The application must also contain a CV, diploma or equivalent, and other items that you wish to claim (copies of grades, references to references, recommendation letters, etc.). Applicants are also asked to answer the selection questions, which is the final step in the application process.


Lund University welcomes applicants with different backgrounds and experiences. We see equality and diversity as a strength and asset.

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Type of employment Fixed-term employment longer than 6 months

Access As soon as possible

Salary Monthly Salary

Number of vacancies 1

employment rate 100 %

place Lund
County Skåne County

Land Sweden
References PA2017/3373

Prof. Heiner Linke, +46462224245,

Published 2017-11-15
Application deadline 2017-12-17

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