PhD Scholarship in Physics Within The Discipline of Materials Science

Lund University, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in nanotechnology. The funds for this position are available for 5 years. This position is closed on February 19, 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 research at the division of Solid State Physics is focused around different aspects of semiconductor physics, ranging from materials science to quantum physics, to different applications. The division also leads NanoLund, the major interdisciplinary research environment within nanoscience and nanotechnology at Lund University. Lund Nano Lab is a central key facility for fabrication of material and devices on the nanoscale. The division is also heavily involved in the undergraduate education, especially within the "Engineering Nanoscience" program.

Since almost ten years, our research within the area of one-dimensional semiconductor structures, so called nanowires, has been at the international forefront. So far, our three main areas have been: epitaxial growth of nanowires, fundamental properties studied with transport physics and optical physics, and more applied nanoelectronics.

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Work duties

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

Within this project, the candidate will develop growth and characterization of nanowires interesting for charge carrier diffusion induced nanowire light emitting diodes, as well as developing quantized heterostructures. The candidate will contribute to the development of selective aerosol deposit, and will be working in a clean room environment, where metal organic vapor phase epitaxy will be used for synthesis. Common clean room tools will be used for processing and characterization. The PhD student is expected to work independently but in close collaboration with other research groups at the division and within NanoLund.

Admission requirements

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

Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria

Selection to postgraduate studies is based on the expected ability to perform well in the studies.

We expect that your undergraduate studies include courses in solid state physics, materials science and thermodynamics. The research is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and a broad competence profile and experiences from relevant areas of physics, materials science and nanoscience are of special value. The ability for skillful laboratory work is essential, including crystal growth, scanning electron microscopy, XRD and experience in working in a clean-room environment. Important personal qualities are, beside creativity and a curious mind, the ability to work both independently and in a group and experience in the scientific interaction with researchers from other disciplines and in other countries.

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, chapter 5, 1-7 ). Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to PhD position.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in 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.). Applicants are also required to answer the job specific questions in the final step of the application process.


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