Lunds universitet, Lunds Tekniska Högskola, Fysiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 8 160 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.

The research at the Division of Atomic Physics is centred on different applications of optics and lasers, including materials science, attosecond physics, high-intensity laser-plasma physics, quantum information, and biophotonics. The Division operates the Lund High-Power Laser Facility, including a state-of-the-art 10 Hz multi-terawatt laser system. It is a central part of a major interdisciplinary research environment within the Lund University, the Lund Laser Centre, LLC. The division is also heavily involved in undergraduate education, especially within the "Photonics programme".

At the Lund Attosecond Science Center, research is performed on the generation and application of extremely short light pulses, in the attosecond and extreme ultraviolet range. The activities span from ultrafast optics with advanced laser systems e.g. based upon optical parametric chirped pulse amplification to attosecond engineering, with design and optimization of attosecond sources (with variable pulse structure, central photon energy, repetition rate and pulse energy) and utilization for various applications in atomic/molecular and condensed matter physics.

Subject description
We have recently upgraded our 1-kHz tunable attosecond source to higher photon energy, reaching more than 100 eV. The project consists in developing and using interferometric techniques combined with photoelectron investigate the dynamics of single and double ionization of atomic and small molecular systems.

Work duties
The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position 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 five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

The job assignments will be to run and improve an attosecond source @ 100 eV and to use it for time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. More practically, it implies the daily operation of a 1-kHz tunable femtosecond Titanium:Sapphire laser system, the use and development of stable and precise optical interferometer as well as electron spectrometers. Some of the projects will involve European collaboration. The job will also include supervision of students (master and PhD)

Qualification requirement
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:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • A good knowledge of ultrafast optics/ laser physics is required.
  • Practical experience with femtosecond laser pulses and/or photoelectron spectroscopy is required.

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:

  • Experience with attosecond pulses and high-order harmonic generation

Skills in optics, x-ray and/or electron spectroscopy Other experiences e.g. in programming, automation and/or mechanical design

Consideration will also be given to ability to work independently 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.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. LTH uses a special qualifications portfolio to report and document qualifications. Draw up the application in accordance with the following outline and attach it as three PDF files (in the recruitment system). Read more here:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2016/360
  • Anne L'Huillier, professor, +46462227661/
Published 08.Feb.2016
Last application date 31.Mar.2016 11:59 PM CET

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