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

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.

Subject description

The subject covers third-cycle education in the areas of solid state chemistry and material chemistry. The research focuses on synthesis of new solid materials and studies of their chemical and physical properties. Since the physical properties are directly dependent on the material’s atomic order and disorder, their crystal structure is studied with X-rays and electron diffraction. 

Project description

Semiconductor nanostructures have a wide range of potential uses in energy applications such as solar energy (photovoltaics) and solar hydrogen production (photocatalysis).  To meet the rising challenges in sustainable production of materials for these applications, novel earth-abundant materials must be explored. For this reason, we aim to develop synthesis of semiconductors based on earth-abundant elements with potential for circular and low-cost production. The research in this PhD project will involve controlled crystal growth using vapor deposition (CVD), and structural characterization methods such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

The project will be carried out at the Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (, in collaboration with the Division of Solid State Physics. The PhD candidate will work within a team developing novel nanostructures and will be responsible for planning and conducting their own experiments, as well as analyzing and interpreting the data.

Work duties

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 will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant:

  • 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 Inorganic Chemistry if the applicant has:

  • at least 30 credits of relevance to the subject area, of which at least 15 credits from the second cycle and a specialised project of at least 15 second-cycle credits in the subject, or
  • an MSc in Chemical Engineering or Engineering Nanoscience

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • The Masters project (or equivalent) must be experimental in nature.
  • Knowledge of important topics in solid state or materials chemistry is required, such as crystal structure, phase diagrams, material synthesis and structural characterization.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Practical experience with a vapor phase crystal growth technique such as CVD, MBE, PVD or similar
  • Practical experience with structural characterization of crystalline solid materials
  • A broad competence profile is very important, and knowledge within such areas as materials science, nanoscience, chemistry and physics are relevant

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. Furthermore, we are looking for a person who is curious, achievement-oriented, structured and persistent, and has problem-solving analytical skills and a good self-awareness.

Terms of employment

Only those who will be admitted or who are already admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH 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 shall be written in English 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.).

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment 2022-09-01 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/1643
  • Kimberly Dick Thelander,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
Published 11.May.2022
Last application date 31.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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