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PhD student physics – Uppsala University, Sweden, 2022


The PhD student will work in the Division of Material Physics and be part of a project conducted in collaboration with European Spallation Source (ESS) at Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD student
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sep 01, 2022
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to standard norms

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Uppsala University, Sweden


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Qualification Details

The position requires adequate academic qualifications, e.g., a master degree in physics or a related discipline; see We are looking for a person with the capacity to work both independently and in a team, and who has very good oral and written proficiency in English. Willingness to travel is important for this position.

Additional qualifications

The ability to work in an international environment and some knowledge of computer modelling is essential for the work and thus demonstrated skills and experience in scientific computing will be considered a merit. Previous experience with neutron scattering methods will strengthen an application. Practical experience in any relevant material physics, including, but not limited to, soft matter and biophysics will also be advantageous.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD student will work in the Division of Material Physics and be part of a project conducted in collaboration with European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot (UK). The research in the materials physics division focuses on meta- and smart materials with an emphasis on non-equilibrium and finite size effects in magnetic materials, metal hydrides and soft matter. Samples are synthesised and studied with optical methods and transport measurements in house. These characterisation tools are complemented by advanced x-ray and neutron scattering methods in the lab as well as at large scale facilities. The group also operates the neutron reflectometer Super ADAM at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble (France).

In the PhD project neutron scattering methods will be developed and applied to complex liquids and soft matter systems with two goals. First, neutron event mode data evaluation methods will be developed to study fast processes on time scales down to milli-seconds. Such methods can be generalised to a wide range of neutron methods. Second, small angle scattering methods and neutron reflectometry will be applied to study the re-organisation of complex liquids under shear. The goal is to understand the connection of structure and dynamics on atomic length scales and connect these to the macroscopic flow (viscoelastic) properties.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: UFV-PA 2022/2066

Application Procedure

The application should include a CV, a short (one-page) letter stating research interests and relevant experience, copies of academic transcripts, BSc/MSc thesis (or draft thereof) and other relevant publications, and contact information for two professional references.

About the Department/Section/Group

The research conducted at the Department of Physics and Astronomy encompasses a wide range of physics topics, distributed over ten divisions. The department is located in the Ångström laboratory and employs nearly 400 people, 125 of whom are doctoral students. It offers a broad physics curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students, participation in nationally and internationally leading projects for researchers, and opportunities for partnership with industry and various outreach activities. Read more at

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Note or Other details

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1 September 2022 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

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Contact details

For further information about the position, please contact: prof. Max Wolff ([email protected])

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