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PhD Scholarship in Experimental Nanodosimetry at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in condensed matter physics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for two years in Sweden. The deadline for applying is January 17, 2019.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Research and teaching conducted at the Department of Physics span from basic science topics in condensed matter physics, biophysics, mathematical physics, atomic, nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics to applied areas such as medical imaging, nuclear reactor physics, nuclear reactor technology and nuclear power safety

In experimental micro- and nanodosimetry we measure ionization in small volumes. Such measurements can improve our understanding of how different types of ionizing radiation affect living tissue at the cell-, or even DNA, scale. This field of research has the long-term potential to connect measurements of energy deposition to predictions of biological effects from radiation in order to evaluate the radiation quality. A long-term objective within this research field is to develop methods for traceable measurements of quantities for determining the radiation quality.

The research activity for the PhD student will focus on detector development for state-of-the-art nanodosimetry measurements and also modelling and simulation of detector response for optimization of geometries and low-noise electronics. The work will include measurements of nanodosimetric quantities, in high-intensity (therapy) radiation environments, using e.g. photons, protons, and light-ions.

The research project in experimental nanodosimetry is a collaboration between KTH and SSM (Swedish Radiation Safety Authority) and is financed by SSM.

The PhD student will be based at the nuclear physics research division at KTH. The research group consists of four faculty members (professors, associate professors), one postdoc researcher and four PhD students. The research group has a wide activity in basic research of atomic nuclei, including both theoretical modelling of nuclear behaviour and experimental work using advanced detector arrays at international accelerator facilities. We also perform research in applied nuclear- and radiation physics, including projects in nuclear medicine and nuclear safeguards.

The Swedish secondary dosimetry laboratory (SSDL) at SSM is responsible for the national standards for ionising radiation but also holds a unique expertise in microdosimetric measurements using various radiation qualities. The group at SSDL/SSM pioneered in development and use of the variance method in microdosimetry. The PhD student will perform measurements using the existing infrastructure at SSM and also at international accelerator facilities.

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).


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