PhD Scholarship in Atomic and Molecular Physics at University of Gothenburg

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in condensed matter physics at University of Gothenburg. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for four years in Sweden. Candidates are welcome before January 10, 2020.

The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located on the Johanneberg campus of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, with a total of around 80 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The research focuses within the fields of Atom- and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Spintronics, and Complex Systems and Biophysics and is performed in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the Department include Bachelor- and Master programs in Physics, physics teacher-training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. Gothenburg Physics Centre is a close collaboration with four other departments within the Faculty of Science and Chalmers University of Technology creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the department.

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Prof. Raimund Feifel's research group concentrates on electron and ion spectroscopy of atoms and molecules in different states of charge and excitation, and has considerable, internationally well recognized, experience in developing and using high-resolution electron and ion correlation spectrometers, in combination with pulsed discharge lamps, synchrotron radiation and Free Electron Laser sources in the vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) and X-ray spectral region. This group has received funding for developing the activities towards the investigation of negatively charged atomic and molecular species, so-called anions, both in the static and in the attosecond time-resolved domain. The latter implies adapting an existing negative ion set-up to our multi-particle correlation spectrometers and the build-up of an attosecond beam line based on higher order harmonic generation (HHG) of suitably high flux. The research group of Prof. Raimund Feifel collaborates within the framework of several national and international networks which give the holder of the position good possibilities for international contacts and periods of research carried out also at other locations.

The Department of Physics at University of Gothenburg is looking for a PhD student in the field of experimental studies of electron emission processes of atoms and molecules. A suitable background is a master's degree in physics or engineering physics, but also candidates who are in the final phase of their master studies are welcome to apply. The research to be conducted within this position will focus on experimental investigations of fundamental properties of atoms and molecules emitting electrons upon photon absorption, and implies development of a suitable sample environment for the production and transportation of negative ions and a radiation source for time-resolved experiments as well as applying multi-particle correlation spectroscopic methods for the detection of all charged particles created in the electron emission processes. The scientific questions addressed by this research program are primarily of fundamental nature. Daily activities, however, will imply work in applied areas involving VUV and X-radiation sources, optics, electronics, programming and data acquisition. A PhD education in this field therefore gives a solid base for a future career both in academia and in industry.

1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, 2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or 3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding program of relevance to the planned third-cycle program, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications. The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80. The selection among the applicants who fulfill the requirements for basic and special eligibility will be based on the ability to take up an education at the research level.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, four years full time

Extent: 100 % Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg First day of employment: April, 2020 or based on an agreement Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time time doctoral studies.

Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position

CV possibly including scientific publications Copy of exam certificate Additional information which the candidate would like to provide for strengthening her or his case

References (name, telephone no, relation) Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions given in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed person and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.


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