PhD Scholarship in Inorganic Chemistry at Lund University

A fully-funded PhD fellowship in environmental sciences is available at Lund University. The funds for this position are available for four years. The deadline for applying is October 24, 2018.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Semiconductor nanowires composed of III-V materials have enormous potential to add new functionality to electronics and optical applications. The fabrication of this structure has been developed to a high level of control by research in Lund and elsewhere in the world. To fully understand and control the fabrication on an atomic scale, advanced analysis techniques are required.

The aim of this PhD project is to study the formation processes of semiconductor nanowires using in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The project will utilize a customized TEM equipped with gas sources suitable for fabrication of semiconductor materials. Real-time analysis will be used to understand the processes governing nucleation, selection of crystal structure, and growth of heterostructure materials. The project will be carried out at the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (, in collaboration with the Division of Solid State Physics at the Department of Physics.

The PhD candidate will work within a team conducting experiments using the in-situ TEM, and will be responsible for planning and conducting their own experiments, as well and analyzing and interpreting the data. Furthermore, the person is expected to take the initiative needed to ensure progress in the project and in the third-cycle study program (PhD education). The appointment is four years plus extension depending on the degree of departmental duties.

Specific eligibility requirements for this position: Master’s degree in Materials Science or in another related subject, such as Nanoscience, Chemistry or Physics, with a specialization in Materials amounting to at least 30 higher education credits. The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a broad competence profile is very important.

Applicants are expected to have completed an approved thesis work in a relevant subject area (materials science, nanoscience, chemistry or similar) in the second-cycle. It is an advantage with previous practical experience of crystal growth and epitaxy as well as experience working with semiconductor nanostructures. A good knowledge of transmission electron microscopy is also an advantage. Furthermore, the person we are looking for should have good numerical analytical skills. It is also an advantage if the applicant has grades in advanced courses in electron microscopy and crystal growth.

The applicant is expected to have good English communication skills in speaking and writing. The role in this project involves working in a multidisciplinary team and the applicant should have good ability to work independently as well as in groups. Furthermore, we are looking for a person who is curious, achievement-oriented, structured and persistent, and has problem-solving analytical skills and a good self-awareness.

Documents to attach: Summary (1/2 – 1 page) that justifies why you want to start a third-cycle study program (PhD education), and how this particular research project matches your own interests and your scientific background; Copies of grade transcripts for all relevant prior studies; Copy of the applicant's Master thesis; applicant's CV.


Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7.


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