Faculty of Engineering, LTH, The Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Subject description
Lund University is seeking qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellow position in a joint project with the European Spallation Source. The project focuses on developing innovative science using polarised neutron imaging techniques and carrying out polarised neutron instrumentation work for the ESS imaging instrument ODIN. In addition, the project also supports polarised 3He based neutron spin filter technological development, in which the successful candidate will participate in an ancillary role. Please have a look here for a brief description of the project.

The project is jointly funded by Tillväxtverket and the ESS with in-kind contributions from Lund University. In collaborations with Paul Scherrer Institute (“PSI”) and Technical University ofMunich (“TUM”), the project will support experiments aiming to advance the scientific applications and polarised imaging techniques.

Polarisation will be an integral part of ESS’ instrument suite for user experiments. As one of this project’s aims, the above advances in polarised neutron imaging techniques will be incorporated into ODIN’s polarisation design.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. The position includes the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning. Work duties for the project to carry out will include the following tasks:

  • Conduct research in polarised neutron imaging and assist the instrumentation efforts including method development for ODIN.
  • In conducting research, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to work with supervisors at Lund University and ESS, and project participants at PSI and TUM and a research engineer.
  • Carry out experimental planning, which may include design of samples and using simulation tools.
  • Participate in experiments at neutron facilities, potentially including PSI, TUM, and J-PARC.
  • Analyse data and prepare publication of the results.
  • Define instrumental requirements and produce a (conceptual) design to perform further experiments at ODIN in the future.
  • In an ancillary role, participate in polarised 3He technological developmental efforts which may include setting up diagnostic measurements, collecting and analysing data.
  • Some administrative work related to the work duties listed above may need to be carried out.

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:

  • Has experience in using neutrons as one of the research tools in the candidate’s PhD work.
  • 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.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Experiences in neutron imaging experimental work.
  • Experience with polarised neutrons (not necessarily in imaging work).
  • Experience with data analysis,
  • Experience in programming (e.g. Python, C++ or similar)

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 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 here: To apply for academic positions at LTH

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/501
  • Dmytro Orlov, dmytro.orlov@material.lth.se
Published 03.Mar.2021
Last application date 17.Jun.2021 11:59 PM CEST

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