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Career Opportunities

Kick-start your career in interdisciplinary nanoscience and nanotechnology

A key success factor for NanoLund is our wide sharing of equipment that allows everyone – from doctoral students to new faculty – to access an incredibly wide range of capabilities within characterization, fabrication, and modelling, from the day they start working with us. NanoLund always welcomes applications from outstanding candidates for master’s projects, doctoral studies, or postdoctoral work.

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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 strong international nanoscience network
  • a highly regarded scientific education
  • internships in nanotechnology industry
  • intellectual property training
  • family-friendly living conditions and a high degree of social security
  • a competitive salary and full employment contracts for doctoral students and postdocs

Current vacancies in NanoLund research groups

All positions are regularly posted in the Lund University recruitment system. Vacancy announcements within NanoLund are listed below. To apply for a position, click the Login and Apply button in the vacancy announcement, and you will be guided to the recruitment system.


Doctoral student in Physics within the discipline of experimental nanothermodynamics

The purpose of the PhD project is to study the effects of heat fluctuations on thermoelectric transport in nanoscale heat engines. In addition, the position may include development of various other device architectures for nanoscale energy harvesting applications. 

As a PhD student in this position, you will get hands-on experience in quantum device fabrication within the Lund Nano Lab, perform time-resolved, low-temperature measurements and develop an understanding of the underlying physics of the devices’ operation. You will work as an important member of the research team and in collaboration with other research groups within NanoLund. The work provides a good mix of fundamental physics concepts and a technology-oriented mindset for building new devices.

Supervisor for the PhD position will be Adam Burke, Senior lecturer at the Divisions of Solid State Physics.

Application deadline: 13 August 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


Doctoral student in Physics with focus on atomic-scale surface characterization and functionalization of semiconductor nanostructures

The aim of this project is to study surfaces of technologically relevant semiconductor nanostructures at the atomic scale, even during surface modification or during device operation. We will focus on III-V semiconductors and semiconductor nanowires including heterostructures of different material, doping, or crystal phase. Such materials are applied for novel electronic or optoelectronic devices and within energy harvesting. Surface functionalization of these materials may lead to novel properties, and you will study effects like quantum confinement or formation of topological insulators. 

Supervisor: Rainer Timm, Senior lecturer, Synchrotron Radiation Research 

Application deadline: 23 June 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


Doctoral student in Chemical Physics (Understanding fundamental photophysical properties of DNA- templated silver nanoclusters)

Project description: The candidate will have to learn basic theoretical background and experimental implementation of the two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES). The project will involve the further development of the existing 2DES setup to employ recently generated broadband pulses. By employing the 2DES technique, the systematically chosen DNA-templated silver nanoclusters (AgN-DNA), synthesised and purified by our synthesis collaborators, will be investigated. Obtained data will be analysed with the existing analysis programs. The main goal is to understand the fundamental photophysical properties of these fascinating complexes. In the long run, the project envisions arranging AgN-DNAs in well-controlled patterns, for example using 3D DNA structures to lay the ground for nanophotonic applications.

Supervisor: Donatas Zigmantas, Professor, Chemical Physics

Application deadline: 24 June 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


Doctoral student in biochemistry

The project includes experimental studies of chaperone self-assembly and chaperon-client interactions and co-assembly with amyloid forming proteins. The aim is to characterize and understand the relevant protein-protein interactions involved, and the origin of client solubility enhancement at the molecular level. The studies will involve different chaperones and client amyloid proteins. The experimental studies will include the use of several state-of-the art techniques. Relevant experimental methods that are available include optical and NMR spectroscopy, calorimetry, neutron, X-ray and light scattering techniques, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, surface plasmon resonance and other surface techniques, as well as optical and electron microscopy and microfluidics diffusional measurements. The PhD student will execute planning, methodology development, experimental work and data analysis. The detailed direction of the research studies, including the choice of experimental techniques and approaches will be decided together with the supervisors.

Supervisor for the PhD position will be Sara Linse, Professor, Biochemistry and Structural Biology

Application deadline: 26 June 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


Doctoral student in Physics within the discipline of development of nanowire solar cells for space applications


The PhD project’s focus is based on basic materials physics to further develop and improve the synthesis, processing, and characterization of nanowire-based tandem solar cells. Triple bandgap wires have recently been demonstrated and now the challenge is to realize functioning solar cells that cover square centimeter large areas and have high efficiency. Modeling shows that the structure now obtained can achieve 47% efficiency, which remains to be shown. The nanowires can be used for flexible super-thin solar cells, which will be studied and developed.

You will use metal-organic gas phase epitaxy, electron microscopy, electro-optical characterization, lithography, atomic layer deposition, and other cleanroom methods for the fabrication and characterization of the nanowire solar cells. You will be contributing to an EU-granted research project to establish nanowire solar cells in space and participate in regular meeting with other international project participants who depend on our samples for their development. The PhD student is expected to work independently as well as in close collaboration with the other partners in the project.

Supervisor for the PhD position will be Magnus Borgström, Professor at the Division of Solid State Physics.

Application deadline: 1 July 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


Doctoral student in Electrical Engineering focusing on wide bandgap semiconductor devices for power electronics

The topic of this project is to realize vertical semiconductor power electronics devices based on novel ultra wide bandgap materials such as AlGaN and Ga2O3. Such devices can reach substantially better performance as compared to traditional power electronic devices based on Si and SiC.

You will fabricate and analyze novel devices based on these materials (transistors and diodes) and perform electrical characterization together with material scientists. The aim is to demonstrate high performance devices operating at high breakdown voltages (>1200V) with state-of-the-art values of the device resistances.

Supervisor for the PhD position will be Erik Lind Professor at Electrical and Information Technology 

Application deadline: 1 July 2024

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Doctoral student in Aerosol Technology with Focus on Non Exhaust Transport Emissions from Sustainable Transport Systems

The PhD student will work in interdisciplinary collaborations with a shared aim to improve the scientific basis for risk assessments and policy of non-exhaust transport emissions. You will collaborate with internationally leading groups in both technology development / Tribology and Occupational & Environmental Medicine / Toxicology. Your research will include experimental investigations, data analysis and data parameterization. It is expected that you put your own research in a societal perspective and have a strong engagement for sustainability. As PhD student, you will communicate your results broadly through international scientific publications and conferences, to stakeholders, and in popular science.

Supervisor for the PhD position will be Joakim Pagels, Senior lecturer, Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology

Application deadline: 2 July 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


7 PhD positions in Sentio Competence center

The goal of Sentio is to develop integrated sensor technology to optimize production processes and product performance, thus, improving sustainability, reducing the use of resources, and increasing competitiveness across industrial sectors of Sweden. Now Sentio is recruiting seven doctoral students that will begin together after summer. Workplace for all positions is Lund University.

Sentio project page

Doctoral student in Physics with focus on development of nano- and microscale sensor systems for hard-to-reach environments 

Supervisor: Anders Mikkelsen, professor at the Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research
Application deadline: 16 June 2024
Read the full vacancy description (also in Swedish) and apply online through this link.

Doctoral student in Mathematical Statistics- Sentio Competence Center focusing on Robust Time-Frequency Analysis of Sensor Array Data

Supervisor: Maria Sandsten, professor Mathematical statistics
Application deadline: 17 June 2024.
Read the full vacancy description (also in Swedish) and apply online through this link.

Doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering Sciences – Sentio Competence Center with a focus on Sustainability Analysis and Modelling of Machining Operations

Supervisor: Christina Windmark, Associate senior lecturer, Production and Materials Engineering
Application deadline: 11 August 2024.
Read the full vacancy description (also in Swedish) and apply online through this link.

Doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering Sciences - Sentio Competence Center focusing on sensors technology in heat exchangers

Supervisor: Filip Lenrick, Senior lecturer, Production and Materials Engineering
Application deadline: 11 August 2024.
Read the full vacancy description (also in Swedish) and apply online through this link.

Doctoral student in Physics within the discipline of development of nano- and micro- sensors for harsh environments (within the Sentio Competence Center).

Supervisor: Ivan Maximov, associate professor Solid State Physics.
Application deadline: 19 August 2024.
Read the full vacancy description (also in Swedish) and apply online through this link.


One or more doctoral student(s) in Electrical Engineering focusing on RF-devices and neuromorphic structures

The studies will focus on experimental processing of transistors on a III-V platform at highly scaled geometries. Both manufacturing in Lund's Nano Lab(nano.lu.se) and electrical characterization of materials and devices will be included. The development of new concepts for transistor calculations. The studies will take place within the framework of a European collaboration project.

The research will primarily involve:

  •    Fabrication and characterization of vertical III-V transistors in cleanroom environment (Lund Nano Lab).
  •    Electrical characterization of fabricated devices.
  •    Modelling and simulation of device and component characteristics, as well as interaction with circuit designers.

Supervisor: Lars-Erik Wernersson, Professor, Electrical and Information Technology 

Application deadline: 05 August 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


Doctoral student in Physics within the discipline of the development of next-generation ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor materials

The subject of this PhD project is to develop novel ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor technology such as AlN and related alloys for green power electronics. This includes growth by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) and advanced characterization of materials and device structures using synchrotron-based techniques at MAX IV and other synchrotrons.

The PhD position is part of the strategic initiative COMPEL, funded by the Swedish government, aimed at strengthening research and educational environments within battery technology and electrification. COMPEL stands for "COMPetence for the ELectrification of the transport system".

Supervisor for the PhD position will be Vanya Darakchieva, Professor, Solid State Physics.

and Rainer Timm, Senior lecturer, Synchrotron Radiation Research 

Application deadline: 15 August 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


Postdoctoral position in biomolecule detection using nanowires in biological samples

The focus of the project is to develop and improve immunofluorescence-based detection methods of biomolecules on nanostructured surfaces, including from realistic biological samples, such as biological fluids and living cells.

For instance, a possible focus will be to adapt the method of nanowire-assisted biomolecule detection to molecules of clinical or pharmaceutical importance, such as cell-surface markers, intracellular proteins and mRNA, or tumorigenic genetic lesions.  One of the project aims is to achieve the ability to detect multiple types of biomarkers on the same platform, for example by using microfluidic techniques.

Methods may include bioanalytical and biochemical methods, fluorescence microscopy, TIRF, microfluidics, surface modification, nanofabrication, and image analysis. 

The position will be placed in the research group of Christelle Prinz, Professor, Solid State Physics. 
https://portal.research.lu.se/en/persons/christelle-prinz

Application deadline: 15 August 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link 


Doctoral student in Physics within the discipline of development of biosensors based on nanostructured surfaces

The focus of the project is to develop and improve immunofluorescence-based detection methods for biomolecules on nanostructured surfaces, based on fundamental biophysical understanding.

Sub-projects are:

  • Optimize a fluorescence-based method for the detection of model molecules using vertical nanowires so that the optical signal is maximally amplified to enable very low detection limit;
  • Adapt the method for other molecules of clinical or pharmaceutical importance, which may be cell surface markers, tumorigenic genetic lesions, and carriers of nucleotide-based drugs.
  • Improvement and development of microfluidic methods to minimize losses of analytes and/or to allow simultaneous analysis of several different biomarkers (multiplexing).

Methods may include bioanalytical and biochemical methods, fluorescence microscopy, TIRF, microfluidics, surface modification, nanofabrication, and image analysis.

Supervisors: 

Heiner Linke, Professor of Solid State Physics, Lund University 

Fredrik Höök, Professor of Nano- and Biophysics, Chalmers University of Technology

Application deadline: 21 August 2024

Read the complete vacancy description and apply online at this link


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