Career Opportunities

Kick-start your career in interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology

NanoLund always welcomes applications from outstanding candidates for Masters projects, PhD studies or for postdoctoral work. We offer:

  • a creative, world-class interdisciplinary research environment for fundamental and applied nanoscience
  • state-of-the-art infrastructure for the fabrication and characterization of nanostructures
  • a highly regarded scientific education
  • internships in nanotechnology industry
  • intellectual property training
  • a strong international nanoscience network
  • family-friendly living conditions and a high degree of social security
  • a competitive salary and full employment contracts for PhD students and postdocs

Available positions with NanoLund research groups (right now: 10 + 1 coming)

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Solid State Physics PhD student in materials science (PA2017/897)
The candidate will develop growth and characterization of nanowires interesting for energy harvesting, especially with respect to nanowire tandem junction solar cells, and will contribute to the development of x-ray characterization of nanowire solar cells at MAX IV. The candidate will be working in a clean room environment, where metal organic vapor phase epitaxy will be used for synthesis, and scanning electron microscopy, atomic layer deposition, chemical vapor deposition: common clean room tools, will be used for processing and characterization
Contact: Magnus T. Borgström (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline May 19)
Application deadline May 19 2017
Solid State Physics Three Doctoral (PhD) student positions in physics (quantum transport, nanothermodynamics and nanoelectronics)
Each of the three positions will involve nanofabrication in a clean-room environment, use of low-temperature measurement equipment, and advanced electronic characterization techniques. All three positions will be embedded into a major thrust in nanothermodynamics at NanoLund, in close collaboration with theory. Interested candidates should apply for each of the three positions they are interested in.
Thermodynamics in semiconductor systems with very few electrons (PA2017/1056)
Contact: Ville Maisi (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline May 15th)
Thermoelectric and photo-thermoelectric energy conversion (PA2017/1057)
Contact: Heiner Linke (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline May 15th)
Electron- and hole-spin phenomena in quantum dots (PA2017/1133)
Contact: Adam Burke (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline May 15th)
Application deadline May 15 2017
Solid State Physics PhD student in physics within the discipline of nanodevices based on molecular motors (PA2017/950)
The project with the aim to develop and test new nanostructures for applications with molecular motors, in particular within biocomputation. New concepts for biocomputation will be developed, tested and evaluated. Experimental methods will include nanofabrication (including electron-beam lithography), characterization (including by electron microscope), biochemical methods (for example surface functionalization), and fluorescence microscopy. Also theoretical methods, such as numerical modelling, mathematics, and analytic methods may be used.
Contact: Heiner Linke (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline May 15th)
Application deadline May 15 2017
Solid State Physics Postdoctoral fellow in materials science (PA2017/894)
The project will deal with synthesis (metal organic gas phase epitaxy) and development of heterostructures and ternary materials with focus on processing and characterization. Processing involves patterning for catalyst definition, atomic layer deposition of dielectrics, plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, dry and wet etching and dealing with chemicals and tools existing in our clean room environment. Characterization involves for instance scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, electron beam induced current evaluation (EBIC).
Contact: Magnus T. Borgström (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline May 12th)
Application deadline May 12 2017
Synchrotron Radiation Research Associate Senior University Lecturer in Physics with specialisation in Nanomagnetism (PA2016/4824)
The main research task is to lead, coordinate and develop research within nano and/or molecular magnetism. The research should be primarily of experimental nature, but complemented by theoretical modelling either through the applicants own efforts or in collaboration with other research groups. Using the opportunities for X-ray based studies as found at the MAX IV laboratory, as well as other synchrotron sources, should be an important aspect of the research.
Contact: Anders Mikkelsen (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline May 8th)
Application deadline May 8 2017
Mathematical Physics Postdoc in Nanoscale and Quantum Thermodynamics, theory (PA2017/418)
The postdoc is expected to carry out theoretical research on stochastic and quantum thermodynamics in nanoscale systems. Possible specific projects comprise, but are not limited to, statistical descriptions of non-equlibrium, thermodynamic properties of nanoscale energy conversion devices such as solar cells and thermoelectric heat engines, work and heat fluctuation relations in molecular motors and folding dynamics and operation of nanoscale heat engines coupled to fluctuating, small-scale, out of equilibrium environments. A large part of the work will be carried out by employing advanced, analytical methods for a statistical description of thermodynamical and quantum transport properties, such as semi-classical stochastic path integrals, and quantum master equations adapted to full counting statistics of work, heat, and entropy production. The analytical calculations will be complemented with numerical simulations.
Contact: Peter Samuelsson ( or Heiner Linke (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 26th)
Application deadline April 26 2017
Solid State Physics Postdoctoral position in time-resolved optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures (PA2017/799)
The postdoc is expected to independently carry out experimental research on carrier dynamics and non-linear optics in nanoscale systems. One project part is sum-frequency generation in quantum dots and wurtzite nanowires. Another part will be to investigate hot-carrier effects and transport of carriers on a fast timescale. This may involve pump-probe photoconductivity experiments on contacted nanowires. Most of the work will be performed in the optics lab but some device processing may also be needed.
The research will be performed in close collaboration with growers and electron microscopists. Good communication skills and an understanding of these concepts are therefore advantageous.
Contact: Mats-Erik Pistol ( or Niklas Sköld (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 26th)
Application deadline April 26 2017
Solid State Physics PhD-student in physics, within the discipline biophysics
Contact: Jonas Tegenfeldt (
Apply online: full announcement coming soon (application deadline yet unknown)
Coming soon - Application deadline yet unknown
Solid State Physics Stipend for a postdoc in theory of nanoscale thermoelectrics
This is a stipend for a one-year postdoc position, with a possible extension for one additional year. The postdoc is expected to carry out theoretical research of relevance to nanoscale thermoelectric devices based on, for example, molecular systems or semiconductor nanowires. A special focus will be on effects of quantum interference and electron-electron interactions. Candidates are expected to have a background in theoretical methods for quantum transport and/or many-body physics of nanoscale systems. Close collaborations exist with experimental and theoretical groups, both at NanoLund and internationally.
To apply or request more information, contact Martin Leijnse (
Apply as soon as possible
Solid State Physics PhD student in Physics, within the discipline computational thermodynamics
Within this project, modelling and possibly experimental investigations leading to increased understanding of fabrication of nanostructures will be carried out. In practice this means determination of thermodynamic data of high relevance for fabrication of nanowires. Here, the emphasis will be on calculation of phase diagrams and optimization of thermodynamic data with the so called CALPHAD method. To support the calculations, experimental measurements and ab initio calculations might be necessary. The PhD student is also expected to model growth of nanowires and possibly other nanostructures based on the assessed thermodynamic data.
Contact: Jonas Johansson (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 21st)
Application deadline April 21 2017
Solid State Physics Postdoctoral fellow in Biophysics
The project will deal with the investigation of biomolecules using STED microscopy. Specifically, one aspect will be related to investigating model membranes and cell membranes interfaced with semiconductor nanowires and assessing the effects of imposed curvature on membrane composition using STED microscopy. Another aspect will be studies of confined DNA molecules. This will be focused on studies of the detailed structure of DNA confined in nanochannels under different conditions.
The research will primarily involve STED microscopy investigations, and will have strong links to biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. The candidate is expected to work independently, in collaboration with researchers from other academic groups.
Contact: Jonas Tegenfeldt
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 21st)
Application deadline April 21 2017
Ophthalmology Post doctoral researcher at the Division of Ophthalmology
The post-doc researcher will participate in interdisciplinary research on interactions of neuronal cells derived from mammalian retinas with nanomaterials. The study is part of a collaboration with the Division of Solid State Physics and NanoLund at Lund University. The selected candidate will lead ongoing and/or new projects aimed at improving the design and functionalization of the nanomaterials by evaluating the biological interactions of these materials with retinal cells. The studies performed will involve cell and tissue culture, immunohistochemistry, microscopy (fluorescence, confocal, SEM), as well as nanofabrication (electron beam lithography, EBL).
Contact: Maria Thereza Perez ( or Christelle Prinz (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 19th)
Application deadline April 19 2017
Aquatic Ecology PhD student in biology
The project will combine mechanistic experiments with studies in natural systems and use small (mm-sized) animals (zooplankton) as model organisms, allowing for lab studies at near-natural scale and easy quantification of defense traits. Moreover, our newly developed and unique nano-technological tracking platform will allow for quantification of the behavioral dimension of the phenotype. Hence, in the the project we will 1) assess a “fingerprint of fear”, i.e. the integrated phenotype, quantify the threat response to different and combined threats and relate this to the distribution in the wild. Moreover, we will 2) assess if fear has trans-generational effects, i.e. if parents pass on information on the perceived landscape of fear to their offspring. Finally, we will 3) use resurrection ecology (hatching of ancient resting eggs) to assess if threat responses of the animals adapt locally to environmental change.
Contact: Lars-Anders Hansson (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 16th)
Application deadline April 16 2017
Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology Two doctoral students in Aerosol Technology
Emmission from biofuels:
combustion emissions from biofuels and fossil fuels are compared on the basis of emission levels, characteristics and health effects. This will be done in laboratory studies with heavy-duty engines. Then exposure levels and particle properties at workplaces will be investigated. Finally, a chamber human exposure study will be carried out to assess health effects. The characterization will include on-line aerosol instrumentation and electron microscopy. Particles in indoor environment: We aim to determine differences in physico-chemical and toxicological properties between particles indoors and outdoors. A novel approach for time- and size resolved measurements of the particle chemical composition will be used. We will also assess indoor air quality in private residences as a part of bigger multidisciplinary project that focuses on interactions between energy efficiency renovations, indoor environment quality and residents´ behaviour and well-being.
Contact: Joakim Pagels ( or Aneta Wierzbicka (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 12th)
Application deadline April 12 2017
Synchrotron Radiation Research PhD position in Synchrotron Radiation Research
The candidate will investigate surfaces and thin films of solid materials during chemical processes such as catalysis and electrochemistry. The overall objective is an improved understanding of the relationships between surface properties and structure on an atomic length scale in complex reactive environments. The Division of Synchrotron Radiation develop and use new experimental techniques for materials research. The studies will mainly be carried out using hard X-ray diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopy at synchrotrons in Europe and in the USA but also laboratory work in our local laboratories in the Department of Physics.
Contact: Edvin Lundgren (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 9th)
Application deadline April 9 2017
Synchrotron Radiation Research PhD position in physics: Characterization of nanostructures
The PhD candidate will use scanning probe microscopy – including both scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) – to investigate nanostructure surfaces and interfaces down to the atomic scale. A broad range of nanostructures is expected to be studied, with a focus on semiconductor nanowires which are intended for application in photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, and electronics. The successfull candidate is expected to use existing equipment and develop novel approaches to explore nanostructure surfaces and devices, even under operational conditions or during surface modification. The work will be performed in collaboration with several other researchers at the department.
Contact: Rainer Timm (
Apply online: full announcement (application deadline April 7th)
Application deadline April 7 2017


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