Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, 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 7 600 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.

Mathematical Physics is a common division between the Natural Science and Engineering (LTH) faculties and it is part of the Department of Physics. Research is conducted primarily in the field of quantum mechanical many particle physics, which includes theoretical nuclear structure physics, nanometer physics, quantum information, atomic theory and material modeling, with numerous partnerships both internationally and within Lund University.

Over the last decades the field of attosecond science has developed into an important branch of modern physics, where electron dynamics in atoms, molecules and solids can be studied and controlled in the time domain using coherent laser pulses and short-wavelength pulses from novel light sources, such as High-order Harmonic Generation and Free-Electron Lasers. The rapid developments in attosecond science calls for novel theoretical time-dependent methods for simulations of atoms in strong electromagnetic fields that take both relativistic and electron-electron correlation effects into account. This theoretical work will be carried out at the Mathematical Physics division at LTH with synergy effects from the Atomic Physics division to provide a strong link between experimental and theoretical work in attosecond science. More information can be found here:

Subject description You will work on the development of a state-of-the-art method to simulate atoms in strong laser fields including both relativistic and electron-electron correlation effects. This will be done by developing and implementing the theory for a Time-Dependent Configuration Interaction Singles method that is based on the Dirac equation.

Work duties The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion 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 postdoctoral fellow is expected to interact with the master students and the PhD students in the research group and contribute to meetings and seminars.

The position is part of a larger project called Bound Electron Wavepackets for Attosecond Resolved Emission (BEWARE) which is supported by the Olle Engkvist Foundation as a Swedish Foundations’ Starting Grant (equivalent to an ERC Starting Grant). During this project we will simulate a novel kind of measurement technique called Pulse Analysis by Delayed Absorption (PANDA) that allows for time-frequency measurements of attosecond pulses by photoionization of atoms in time-dependent excited states.

You will work on the development of a state-of-the-art method to simulate atoms in strong laser fields including both relativistic and electron-electron correlation effects. This will be done by developing and implementing the theory for a Time-Dependent Configuration Interaction Singles (TDCIS) method that is based on the Dirac equation with a Hartree-Fock potential, rather than the (non-relativistic) Schrödinger equation used in prior works. At your disposal you will have FORTRAN codes for relativistic atomic many-body calculations at the start of the project. Extraction of photoelectron spectra from the relativistic TDCIS simulations will be performed by extending the Time-Dependent Surface Flux (t-SURFF) method to relativistic domain. Methods to simulate ion coherences from strong fields will also be developed. 

The main topic is to study relativistic electron-hole dynamics for atoms in strong laser fields and coherent short-wavelength pulses, such as attosecond pulses from High-order Harmonic Generation. The method will allow for studies of relativistic effects, such as spin-orbit interaction, in photoionization by strong fields and the creation of relativistic ion coherences. 

Link to more information about the PANDA method:

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:

  • The subject of the doctorate degree should be physics within the field of theoretical many-body physics or theoretical attosecond physics.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

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. Included within this category are related experiences such as supervision of undergraduate, MSc and PhD students.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Experience in advanced programming, parallelization and code development for demanding numerical problems.
  • Experience in simulation and analysis of time-dependent and/or correlated quantum processes that require large computational effort using computer clusters.
  • Very good communication skills.
  • We are looking for a person who is structured, goal-oriented, dedicated to problem-solving, and has good self-awareness.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, 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:


Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment according to agreement
Salary monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/1108
  • Marcus Dahlström,
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 12.Apr.2019
Last application date 19.May.2019 11:59 PM CET

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