Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 47 000 students and more than 8 800 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who
- have completed a second-cycle degree
- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or
- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues
1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

Work duties

 The development of the Monte Carlo simulation for LDMX, through extensions of the GEANT4 framework, is at the core of the thesis work. Active participation on the LDMX experiment, and potentially other Nuclear and Particle Physics experiments, is the second crucial part of the PhD work, following preparations at Lund as well as at the respective international particle accelerator site. This includes subsequent data analysis, physics interpretation, and presentation of the scientific results, written and orally.

 The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties can also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).


Entry requirements


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.


A person meets the specific admission requirements for third-cycle studies in Physics if he or she has:

  • passed an independent project (e.g. degree project) of at least 30 credits in a relevant subject


Equivalent knowledge acquired through corresponding programmes will be assessed individually. In order to enable interdisciplinary initiatives and important specialisations in certain areas, students with qualifications in subjects other than Physics may be considered for admission.




Finally, the student must be judged to have the potential to complete the programme.


Additional requirements:

  • Records of studies in Nuclear and Particle Physics.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience with numerical simulations of physics processes.


Other assessment criteria

  • Basic skills in handling GNU/Linux operating systems.
  • Previous programming experience.
  • Previous experience with GEANT4
  • Availability to spend time at foreign accelerator laboratories.
  • Ability to work within international research collaborations.


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 the thesis project and the subject of the study.
  1. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  1. Written and oral communication skills
  1. Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.

 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 programme.


Terms of employment

 Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at NFak consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.


Instructions on how to apply

 Applications may be written in English or Swedish and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.). Two reference persons who can be contacted by Lund University. Briefly describe your association with them and provide their contact addresses should be included in the application.

 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
First day of employment 2020-10-01
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2020/2536
  • Luis Sarmiento Pico, +46 46 222 17 07,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 19.Aug.2020
Last application date 16.Sep.2020 11:59 PM CEST

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