PhD Positions in Physics with Focus on Developing Methods for Ultrafast Videography

Lund University is offering PhD position in chemical kinetics. This position is available for 5 years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before January 15, 2019.

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 well-established and internationally recognized for its excellence in development and applications of laser-based methods for characterization of combustion processes. In recent years this research has been extended to other high-temperature gas-phase processes. In addition, the division has strong research on development of mechanisms describing the complex chemical kinetics of combustion. The research is conducted together with partners at other departments within the Faculty of Engineering as well as at other academia and in industry, both nationally and internationally. The current research facility, the Enoch Thulin Laboratory at the Department of Physics, was inaugurated in 2001 and currently hosts around 50 researchers.

Job assignment

High-speed videography has become a standard tool within science nowadays, with the possibility of filming up to 1 million frames per second, i.e. one frame every microsecond. However, many phenomena in nature occur on time scale where even a single microsecond would be considered a very long time. Examples are rapid chemical reactions, light-based phenomena and plasmas. These processes may occur on a few picoseconds, or sometimes even faster, which is several orders of magnitude faster than what commercial high-speed cameras are capable of filming. Our understanding of the dynamics for ultrafast phenomena is thus very limited.

Entry requirements

Very good oral and written proficiency in English

Basis of assessment

Selection to doctoral studies is based on the expected ability to perform well and profit from the studies.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive, and independence, as well as how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third-cycle programme.

Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to a PhD position. 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, teaching and other institutional duties normally occur 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 (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 .

Application procedure

Apply for the position via the link at the bottom of the vacancy notice. Applications can be written in Swedish or English, and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.). The applicant will be asked to answer qualification questions as a first step in the application procedure.


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