Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Department of Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 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.

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 Division of Combustion Physics is part of the Department of Physics. The research conducted focuses on laser based measurement techniques for remote sensing in various applications. The activities are well established internationally and includes both fundamental studies and industrial applications. The core aspects of the research, are development and application of laser based diagnostic techniques for studies of fluids and reacting flows. The vide array of applications includes biology, energy conversion, transportation, food/beverage, etc. Equipment wise the Division is among the best in the world. Part of the applied research requires highly unique experimental facilities and is therefore performed on-site at other universities or at the R&D departments of our industrial partners.

Job assignment
The work will be focused on development and application of laser diagnostics methods for investigation of combustion applications. Special emphasis will be on high-speed imaging of processes such as ignition, flame kernel growth, flame development and knock-phenomena in combustion engines, with the aim of improving the knowledge on engine knock in spark ignited engines. By pushing the knock-limit, the overall efficiency of IC-engines can be increased and thereby the environmental impact can be reduced. The work will also include non-intrusive studies of surface temperatures and heat transfer in practical applications such as gas turbines. The research group has access to state of the art laboratory facilities and equipment in the form of powerful high-speed lasers, high-speed image intesifiers, single-photon-detectors, high-speed cameras, high-temperature ovens, etc. The work will include both laboratory studies on a fundamental level and practical applications in engines and gas turbine environments. At present, the research on implementing sustainable fuels such as biofuels and CO2-neutral E-Fuels is highly important. This transition to renewable fuels will bring significantly different knock- and heat-load properties, which makes this research project highly relevant for the field of energy conversion.

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

Admission requirements
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Other requirements:
Good knowledge in spoken and written English.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle program.

Basis of assessment
Selection to postgraduate studies is based on the expected ability to perform well in the studies. The evaluation of the ability to perform well is based primarily on the results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in particular:

1. Knowledge and skills relevant to postgraduate studies within the research area, such as a broad and thorough preparation in physics. This can be documented by appended documents.

2. Estimated ability to work independently and the ability to formulate and solve scientific questions. This ability can be established, for example, based on undergraduate research experiences, a Master's thesis or in a discussion of scientific problems during a possible interview.

3. Skills in written and oral communication.

4. Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • We consider good cooperation ability, drive and independent work ability as positive personal attributes.
  • Experience from working with lasers, electrical discharge plasmas, spectroscopy, high-speed imaging, macro-imaging and engine ignition systems, is considered beneficial.

Terms of employment
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 a PhD 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.

Application procedure
Apply online. Applications must contain a covering letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests. Applications must also include a CV, a copy of the applicant’s Master’s thesis (or a summary text if the thesis is not yet completed), contact details of at least two references, copies of grade certificates, and any other documents that the applicant wishes to refer to. Applicants are also required to answer the job specific questions as the first step of the application process.

The English version of this announcement is an interpretation of national formalities expressed in the Swedish text. In case of uncertainties, the Swedish text applies.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment Expected start date 1st June
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/754
  • Mattias Richter, professor, +46462224565,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 20.Mar.2019
Last application date 10.Apr.2019 11:59 PM CET

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