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 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. www.fysik.lu.se/english.

The research at the division of Solid State Physics is focused around different aspects of semiconductor physics, ranging from materials science to quantum physics, and different applications. The division also leads NanoLund, the major interdisciplinary research environment within nanoscience and nanotechnology at Lund University.

The division of Solid State Physics and NanoLund are at the forefront of research on semiconductor nanowires, including both material growth and characterization, as well as their use in different devices and in, for example, fundamental quantum physics experiments. Theoretical research on nanowires and other nanostructures is conducted in close collaboration with the experimental activities. We are now making a strategic effort to expand our efforts in different areas of quantum technologies, in particular taking advantage of the local capabilities to make exceptional high-quality nanostructures.

More information can be found at: www.ftf.lth.se, www.nano.lu.se/

Subject description In the second quantum revolution, now unfolding worldwide, quantum mechanical superposition and entanglement are being created, characterized and controlled with unprecedented precision in a wide variety of physical systems. This development has deepened our understanding of the physical laws governing the microscopic world and provided a broader framework for technology, with fundamentally new capabilities. The defining aim of quantum technology is to harness superposition and entanglement for radical improvements, in terms of capacity, sensitivity and speed, of applications in a broad range of areas such as information processing, material science and electronics. This specific position will be a part of the Wallenberg Center for Quantum Technologies, a major Swedish quantum technology initiative with nodes in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Lund.

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.

This specific project is focused on the theory of quantum transport in nanostructures and related subjects. In particular, we will aim to identify systems and conditions where entanglement and quantum coherence generated under nonequilibrium conditions make the quantum transport properties highly sensitive to certain perturbations, which opens for applications in quantum-enhanced sensing. The work will contain both analytical and numerical methods for nonequilibrium and possibly time-dependent transport of charge, spin and heat in nanostructures. Close collaborations with experimental groups is expected.

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.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience with research in theoretical condensed matter physics.

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 students and training of new equipment users.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Experience from research in nonequilibrium quantum transport theory.
  • Experience with programming and numerical work.
  • Very good communication skills.
  • Willingness to collaborate with experimentalists. Experience from such collaborations will be seen as meriting.

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.

We have full understanding for current restrictions regarding moving and travel and the starting date will be set according to agreement. (updated 200422)

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and must include a cover letter (1-2 pages) motivating why you want to conduct research in this field at Lund University, how the research matches your interests and scientific background, and how you would contribute to the research topic.

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: http://www.lth.se/english/working-at-lth/to-apply-for-academic-positions-at-lth/

If the application is not designed in accordance with the academic qualifications portfolio it shall be compiled into a PDF containing a covering letter in which applicants describe themselves and their particular research interests, including contributions to the described research project (maximum 2 pages). Applications must also include a CV, publication list, a copy of the applicant’s doctoral thesis, 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 in the final step of the application process.

 

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 PA2020/620
Contact
  • Martin Leijnse, +46703571138, martin.leijnse@ftf.lth.se
Published 26.Feb.2020
Last application date 14.May.2020 11:59 PM CET

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