Doctoral Student in X-Ray Imaging on the Nanoscale Lund University, Faculty of Science, Physical Education Sweden

Doctoral student in X-ray imaging on the nanoscale

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Physical Education


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.


The Faculty of Science is conducting research and education in biology, astronomy, physics, geoscience, chemistry, mathematics and environmental science. The activities are conducted at ten institutions gathered in the northern university area. The Faculty has approximately 1900 students, 330 graduate students and 700 employees.


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 Department of Synchrotron Light Physics ( ) is part of the physical department and has more than 40 employees. The focus of the research is experimental studies of electronic, structural and chemical properties of materials, especially on surfaces and interfaces or free molecules and clusters. At the department, we use and develop a wide range of synchronous and ultrasound laser-based technologies, such as X-ray electron spectroscopy / imaging and X-ray diffraction / imaging. We also have one of Sweden's largest plants for scanning microscopy.


NanoLund ( ) is today Sweden's largest research environment for nanosciences, and engages approximately 250 PhD students and researchers in the faculties of engineering, science and medicine at Lund University.


MAX IV ( ) is the new synchrotron light system that is currently being put into operation in Lund. MAX IV will be the world's most brilliant synchrotron light source.


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Work tasks

X-rays have a unique ability to investigate samples in their natural state, such as living cells, proteins in solution or electronic components in operation. This project will develop and implement a compact x-ray imaging system on the nanoscale, with the aim of achieving the highest possible spatial resolution. An X-ray source and a high-resolution detector will be integrated with motorized sample holders for 3D imaging (tomography) and computer control.


The project will also develop methods in software, mainly in Matlab or Python. Different types of optics based on nanostructures will be developed and investigated, primarily in collaboration with Nanolund groups. Both experimental and theoretical methods for improving dissolution will be investigated.


The laboratory source measurements will be complemented by experiments at the new MAX IV synchrotron in Lund, and other synchrotrones such as PETRA-III in Germany and the ESRF in France.


Eligibility Basic eligibility for postgraduate education has it as:


graduated degree 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 / Master of Science in Physics, Technical Physics or the like) or any other within or outside the country acquired acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.


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


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


Finally, the student is expected to have the ability to take advantage of the education.


Other requirements:


Good knowledge of English, in spoken and written terms, is a requirement.


Assessment basis Selection for postgraduate education takes place according to the ability to take advantage of this. The assessment of the ability is primarily 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 Work assignments. 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 assessment / merits:


For this position, expertise and interest in experimental work, especially the development of experimental sets, is necessary. Valuable, but not absolutely necessary, is experience of working with X-ray systems, but also X-ray imagery, electromagnetism, and programming.


Consideration will also be given to good cooperation, forearm and independence.


Terms A doctoral student service is a job with the main task of engaging in own research according to the study plan. Postgraduate studies have a duration of 4 years in full-time studies. In addition, education and institutional service usually occurs no more than 20% of 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 encompassed by special regulations contained in the Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993: 100, chapter 5). As a holder, only the person who is admitted to postgraduate education may be assigned to the holder.


Application Procedure Apply Online! The application must contain a letter in which the applicant's card describes himself and his research interests. In addition, the application must contain a CV, a copy of a master's thesis or equivalent or a summary if the work is not completed, a list of at least two references with contact details, copies of grades and other documents that the applicant wishes to claim.


Other We discourage contacts from advertisers, recruitment and agency companies due to state procurement rules.


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


Welcome with your application!


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

Welcome with your application!

We discard all contacts from advertisers, recruitment and agency companies due to government procurement rules.

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 PA2017/2440

Jesper Wallentin, Assistant Professor, +4646 222 0469

Union representative
OFR / ST: Trade Union ST Office, 046-222 93 62
SACO: Saco-s Council at Lund University, +46 (0) 22-222 93 64

Published 2017-11-28
Application deadline 2018-01-31

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