PhD Scholarship in Experimental Particle Physics Instrumentation at Atlas

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in optics at Stockholm University. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 4 years. Applicants should apply before March 03, 2019.

The Department of Physics is located in the AlbaNova University Center and has approximately 240 employees, 250 students at undergraduate level and 90 graduate students. There are four research subjects within the postgraduate program: Physics, Theoretical Physics, Chemical Physics and Medical Radiation Physics. These subjects span over several research groups with different research activities. For information about the Department of Physics, see:

The instrumentation physics group at Stockholm University invites applicants for a Ph.D. position to work on the upgrade of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron collider (LHC) at CERN. The main task for the applicant will be to participate in the ATLAS hadronic Tile Calorimeter upgrade collaboration in preparation for high-luminosity data taking at LHC.

The ATLAS experiment is the largest detector at the LHC, and one of two general-purpose experiments designed to explore a wide range of physics signals. Stockholm University has been a strong part of the ATLAS collaboration since it was formed. The instrumentation physics group, in close collaboration with the elementary particle physics division, has contributed significantly to design, construction, and upgrades of both the front-end readout for the hadronic Tile calorimeter (TileCal), and the Level-1 calorimeter trigger (L1Calo). With the planned luminosity upgrade of the LHC to five times the original design value in 2023, ATLAS is undergoing major upgrades to ensure high-quality data taking in a challenging environment.

The TileCal upgrade collaboration is developing new on-detector and off-detector systems for the hadronic calorimeter with improved reliability, higher bandwidth, and radiation tolerance. Stockholm University is developing a high-performance control and readout link Daughter Board (DB) for the on-detector systems, based on latest-generation programmable logic devices and high-speed fiber optic transceivers. The main focus of the successful candidate will be on continued development and testing of the DB, as well as integration of the full system at CERN. Depending on the candidate's interests, additional work may include other relevant instrumentation projects, or TileCal-related analysis work. Frequent travel to CERN in Geneva is expected, with a possibility of longer periods based at CERN. The position is fully funded, including a salary and travel expenses.

We seek a self-motivated candidate who is fluent in English. An experimental background and interest in instrumentation are merits. The application should include experience with detectors, electronics (analog and/or digital), digital systems, programming, and other relevant skills.

Education at the research level

A PhD education at Stockholm University is four years (48 months). The 4-year PhD program includes at least 3 years of research and at most one year of course work. The position may be extended by up to one year if up to 20 % teaching assistance or administration is included in the contract. The PhD student is employed ("doktorandanstllning") during the studies, with a monthly salary starting at SEK 26 500. Qualification requirements

An applicant who has completed a second-cycle (master’s) degree, or completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits (4 years of studies), of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere, meets the general entry requirements.

In order to be accepted as a PhD student in Physics or Theoretical Physics a BSc in Physics (or equivalent)is required. The studies must include60 credits of second-cycle courses in physics out of which at least 15 credits correspond to a second-cycle degree project. The degree project does not have to have been examined at the application deadline, but work corresponding to half a semester of full-time studies should have been devoted to it. For the subject Chemical Physics courses in chemistry may replace the required physics courses.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The successful applicant will be selected based on documented theoretical and experimental knowledge relevant for the area of study, knowledge of scientific theory and method, analytical skills, personal motivation and team working skills. Well-developed English language skills are required. The applicants are encouraged to provide supporting documents that substantiate qualifications, e.g., knowledge, skills, abilities and experience. References and interviews will be used to assess qualifications of the applicants. We seek a self-motivated candidate with good analytical abilities and skilled in English.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available and regulations.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


For more information, please contactAssociate Prof. Sam Silverstein, Further information about the position can be obtained from Prof. Per-Erik Tegnr,


Apply for thePhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. Please include the following information with your application

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