Lunds universitet, Lunds Tekniska Högskola, Kemiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has around 44 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

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.

Subject description
In-situ transmission electron microscopy for understanding fundamental processes in semiconductor crystal growth.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and Learning.

The post-doctoral position is part of the project “Controlled atomic scale 3D ordering for exotic electronic phases”, involving researchers from a variety of subject areas within physics, chemistry and materials science. The aim of this project is to study the fundamental formation processes in semiconductor crystal growth at the nanoscale in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The project will utilize a customized TEM integrated with a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) equipped with gas sources suitable for growth of semiconductor materials. Real-time analysis will be used to understand the processes governing nucleation, selection of crystal structure, and growth of heterostructure materials. Within this project semiconductor nanowires composed of III-V materials will be used as templates for investigating crystal growth at the atomic scale.

Supervision of graduate or postgraduate students may also be part of the work duties.

Qualification requirements
Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Doctoral degree within chemistry, materials science, physics or a related subject
  • At least two years of hands-on experience with TEM is essential, as well as solid theoretical understanding of electron microscopy
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of crystal growth/crystallisation, including nucleation processes
  • Good problem-solving and linguistic analytical abilities

The candidate is expected to work independently, but also to interact with with researchers from other parts of the project.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications
This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

Experience in any of the following areas will be counted as a merit:
o Conducting experiments using in-situ TEM
o Hands-on experience with crystal growth using CVD or related techniques
o Experience working with semiconductor nanostructures We are looking for a person who is structured, goal-oriented and has good self-awareness. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment
This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read more:

For this post-doctoral position the important parts of the portfolio are as follows:
A: Cover letter – maximum two pages, explaining in detail your motivation to apply for this position and how you will contribute to the research
C: List of publications
D: Research qualifications portfolio – the most important is part 1, Reflection on research activities, where you should summarize your research experience and qualifications, and how this relates to your interest in this position
E: Teaching qualifications portfolio – describe any experience you have, which could include for example supervision of undergraduate or Master students, or training of new users of equipment
H: Selected publications – upload minimum two examples of your published research work (maximum 10)
I: Attachments and certificates – upload any other material that you would like considered in this application, which must include your PhD thesis and degree certificates

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2018/555
  • Kimberley Dick Thelander, Professor, +46 46 222 97 65
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 29.May.2018
Last application date 19.Jun.2018 11:59 PM CEST

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