PhD Position: Experimental Physics – Umeå University – Sweden

Umeå University
Study in:Sweden
Deadline: 31 December 2017

PhD Position in Experimental Physics

Department of Physics

  • Temporary position longer than 6 months 
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The Department of Physics is looking for a PhD student in experimental physics for a project aimed at relativistic electron acceleration from nanotargets.
Application deadline is December 31, 2017.
The position will open in January 2018 (exact start date can be negotiated).

Project Description
The selected candidate will work within the research project ”Sub-two-cycle laser-driven sub-femtosecond electron bunch generation,” in the RElativistic Attosecond physics Laboratory (REAL, The unique combination of sub-two optical cycle laser pulse duration (< 5 fs) and ultra-high intensities (>10^18 W/cm^2) opens the way towards field-controlled relativistic interactions. When nanometer-sized solid targets are used, the so-called relativistic nanophotonics regime, these interactions involve the acceleration of electrons with highest fields beyond TV/m strength and shortest duration in the sub-fs range.

The actual research will focus on the upgrade and implementation of a unique multi-10-TW few-cycle laser (the so-called Light Wave Synthesizer 20) to relativistic nanophotonics with the aim to generate sub-femtosecond electron bunches in a nanoaccelerator. The main goal of the project is to shift nanophotonics into the relativistic realm and investigate its applicability as a novel particle source.

As a PhD student, you will be active in research, study doctoral courses, and possibly participate in teaching of courses at undergraduate level. The aim with the PhD studies is a doctoral degree. Financing time is limited to four years. The position is full time. Up to 20 % of the employment can consist of teaching such as lab supervision. The corresponding time is in such cases added to the total available time (up to maximum five years).

Competence requirements
The successful candidate should hold a master degree (or equivalent) in physics or engineering physics. Experience in experimental laboratory research, including optics, electronics, lasers and plasma physics, will be seen as an advantage. Interests in both experimental work and numerical simulations are expected. The candidate must be highly motivated and have the ability to work independently as well as a part of the research group. The applicant is required to be fluent in both oral and written English.

To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from abroad or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfill the specific entry requirements to be admitted for studies at third-cycle level within the subject of experimental physics, the applicant is required to have completed courses within the field of physics comprising at least 120 ECTS credits.

The requirements must be fulfilled at the time of approval to the PhD position and may not need to be fulfilled at the time of the application.

The application should include:

1. A cover letter with a brief description of qualifications, research interests, and motivation.
2. Curriculum vitae.
3. Copies of relevant degree diploma(s).
4. A list of university courses with grades. Note that for international applicants the grading system should be explained in brief.
5. A copy of master thesis and publications (if any).
6. Contact information of three reference persons.

For more information contact Professor Laszlo Veisz,
Applications must be submitted via e-recruitment system Varbi no later than 2017-12-31.

We look forward to receiving your application!


January 2018 (exact start date can be negotiated).


Laszlo Veisz


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1834-17


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090-786 53 65


090-786 54 31


090-786 52 96

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