PhD student in Diamond Semiconductor Physics
Uppsala University Department of Engineering Sciences

PhD student in Diamond Semiconductor Physics


Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 44.000 students, 7.100 employees and a turnover of SEK 7 billion.


The Department of Engineering Sciences is one of the largest institutions at Uppsala University and conducts research within a number of different technical subjects. The department has approximately 360 employees and has its activities at the Ångström Laboratory and Campus Gotland.

The Division of Electricity at the Department of Engineering Sciences conducts research on electromagnetics, power electronics and renewable energy. The diamond group has a proven track record working on cutting-edge semiconductor technology with a number of publications in high impact journals.

Project description: The position is within the field of diamond semiconductor devices, solid state physics and electronic and spintronic properties of CVD diamond. Diamond possess extreme material properties and in particular many extreme properties as a semiconductor. It is now possible to manufacture films of high purity single crystalline diamond, which opens up the possibility to utilize these properties in future electronic and spintronic devices.

The attractive material properties of diamond such as high band gap, high carrier mobilities, high thermal conductivity, high breakdown field strength, radiation hardness, etc., make it a very interesting semiconductor material. Recently, diamond has received great attention for applications in spintronics and valleytronics. This is because of the unique quantum mechanical properties of diamond, as well as the presence of defects, e.g. the N-V center, with extremely long spin coherence time.

Diamond is considered to be a unique material for future high power, high frequency, high temperature devices like high-power Schottky diodes, MESFETs etc for applications in power electronics, fast switching transistors and for spintronics. Designs and fabrication techniques different from conventional methods have to be employed to realize electronic devices based on thin film single crystalline chemical vapour deposited (SC-CVD) diamond. Diamond also has a huge potential to be used as detectors in high energy physics, detectors for UV and far UV radiation, radiation sensors for radiotherapy, neutron detectors etc.

Duties: The proposed work consists of:

  • Fabrication and characterization of spin- and valleytronic test devices in diamond using state-of-the-art optical and electrical characterization techniques.
  • Modelling and computer simulations of devices.
  • Material characterization of CVD diamond by standard characterization techniques and improving methods for studying transport processes in diamond.

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 (in Swedish or English) and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

PhD positions in Sweden are usually of 4-5 years duration. The student will have the opportunity to attend courses from the graduate curriculum within the fields of Solid state physics, Semiconductor device technology, Material physics, etc.

Admission requirements: 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.

Qualifications: We are looking for a strong candidate with a Masters degree in semiconductor physics or material physics with some experience in one or more of:

  • Solid state physics
  • Semiconductor device physics
  • Semiconductor material characterisation
  • Micro/Nano structures & technology

We also require high level of proficiency in English.

Application: Please use the link below. Applications should include a brief description of research interests and relevant experience, a CV, copies of diplomas and certificates, thesis (or a draft thereof) and other relevant documents. The candidates are encouraged to provide letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines


Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.


Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: According to agreement.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Professor Jan Isberg,

Please submit your application by 15 May 2019, UFV-PA 2019/1073.

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Please do not send offers of recruitment or advertising services. Applications must be submitted as described in this advertisement.

Placement: Department of Engineering Sciences

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Saco-rådet
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2019/1073

Last application date: 2019-05-15

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