PhD Scholarship in Physics at Lund University

Lund University, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in chemical kinetics. This position is available for 5 years. Potential candidates should apply before November 14, 2018.

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 Division of Combustion Physics is part of the Department of Physics. The research conducted focuses on laser-based measurement techniques for remote sensing in various applications. The activities are well established internationally and includes both fundamental studies and industrial applications. The core aspects of the research, are development and application of laser based diagnostic techniques for studies of fluids and reacting flows. The vide array of applications includes biology, energy conversion, transportation, food/beverage, etc. Equipment wise the Division is among the best in the world. Part of the applied research requires highly unique experimental facilities and is therefore performed on-site at other universities or at the R&D departments of our industrial partners.

Job assignment

This PhD project will be focused on optimized utilization of biomass combustion and gasification, as an important section in clean primary energy. The main task will be the development and application of advanced optical diagnostic methods, primarily for nonintrusive measurements of concentration of key atomic/molecular species and temperature. The aim is to understand both the heterogeneous and the homogeneous reactions during the combustion/gasification of solid biomass fuels, regarding the chemistry alkali elements and the fate of fuel-nitrogen. Special emphasis will be on the quantitative measurement of potassium compounds (K atom, KCl, KOH etc.) and nitrogen compounds (HCN, NH3, NO etc.) in relation with the exist of sulfur or chlorine elements at different environments similar to the industrial conditions. The quantitative data obtained in well-defined conditions will be used for accurate chemical kinetic and fluid mechanical modeling in collaboration with the corresponding expertise.

The research group has been active in this field for more than ten years and is internationally well established. It has access to state of the art laboratories and experimental equipment. A novel multi-jet burner system has been established in the biomass lab, which can be used to simulate the combustion and gasification of solid biomass fuel either in powder or pellets. Optical tools available include broadband UV absorption, planar laser-induced fluorescence, mid-infrared degenerated four-wave mixing etc. Part of the research will be performed in close collaboration with world leading groups from Technological University of Denmark, Universidade de Lisboa, bo Akademi University and Chalmers Tekniska Hgskola.

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

Entry requirements

A person meets the specific admission requirements if he or she has

Finally, the student must be judged to have the potential to complete the program.

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.

We consider good cooperation ability, drive and independent work ability as positive personal attributes. Prior experience from working with spectroscopy, optical measurement techniques, engines, gas turbines is considered advantageous.

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

Apply online! Applications must contain a covering letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests. Applications must also include a CV, 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 as the first step of the application process.


The English version of this announcement is an interpretation of national formalities expressed in the Swedish text. In case of uncertainties, the Swedish text applies.


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