PhD Position in University of Gothenburg Sweden

PhD Position in Physics – Development and utilization of a laser desorption source for gas-phase spectroscopy of biomolecules, May 2022


The University of Gothenburg invites applications for a Ph.D. position aim of the project is to design and develop a high-vacuum instrument equipped with a laser desorption source, the Department of Physics, Sweden – May 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Physics

University of Gothenburg, Sweden


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Qualification Details

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.

*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education

The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

Candidates will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Records from bachelor and master studies;
  2. Ability to work in group and individually;
  3. Skills in experimental physics and development of experimental facilities;
  4. Knowledge in programming languages;
  5. Experience with table-top lasers.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Information about the research group:

The research area of the group headed by Dr. Vitali Zhaunerchyk is gas-phase spectroscopy of relatively large molecules using X-ray and mid/far-IR light sources such free electron lasers, synchrotrons and table-top lasers. Apart from experimental measurements, the group also performs quantum chemical calculations to interpret experimentally measured spectra. The group collaborates with many researchers locally, nationally and internationally.

Job assignments

The aim of the PhD project is to design and develop a high-vacuum instrument equipped with a laser desorption source. Laser desorption is a technique that enables delivering intact biomolecules to the gas-phase. Upon commissioning of the instrument, the PhD student with other collaborators will use it at the European X-ray Free Electron Laser facility (Eu-XFEL) in Hamburg to study nonlinear dynamics in chiral biomolecules employing time-resolved photoelectron circular dichroism spectroscopy. The PhD student will be involved in analysis of the data acquired in Eu-XFEL experiments.

Being a PhD is a 4 year full-time studies and leads to a Doctoral Degree. Those who are employed as doctoral students must primarily devote themselves to their doctoral education. However, a doctoral student may to a limited extent work with education, research and administration. Such work may, before the doctoral degree is completed, not cover more than 20 % of full-time work.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: PAR 2022/569

Application Procedure

The application shall include:

Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the positionCV including scientific publicationsCopy of exam certificateTwo referees (name, telephone number, relation)

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made based of the qualifications registered in the application.

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.Salaries are set individually at the University.In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

About the Department

The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located in the center of Gothenburg, with approximately 100 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The research focuses within the fields of Atom- and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Spintronics, and Complex Systems and Biophysics and is performed in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the Department include Bachelor- and Master programs in Physics, physics teacher-training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. Gothenburg Physics Centre is a close collaboration with three other departments within the Faculty of Science and Chalmers University of Technology, which creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the department.

For further information about the Department of Physics, please visit our website at More information about Gothenburg Physics Centre can be found at

About the Employer:

Note or Other details


A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The employment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years full timeExtent: 100 %Location: Department of Physics, GothenburgFirst day of employment: 2022-09-01

University applies a local salary agreement of graduate students.

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Contact details

For further information regarding the position

Dr. Vitali Zhaunerchyk, Docent, +46(0)31 786 9150, [email protected]Unions

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