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GenerationNano

MSCA-Cofund program to foster doctoral students career in nanoscience - 14 doctoral positions
GenerationNano is a Marie-Curie Cofund doctoral programme offering exciting research at the forefront of nanoscience, full-time employment for four years, an international network of cooperation partners and a comprehensive course program. On this page you will find an overview of the information on the programme, a list of research projects included, the general requirements as well as instructions on how to apply. We will recruit in total 14 doctoral students in two calls during 2020.

Call 1: 11 positions with deadline May 4, 2020

Timeline

  • Announcement of call March 2020,
  • Application deadline 4th of May 2020.
  • Evaluation during May 2020.
  • First possible date of employment 1st of September 2020 unless otherwise agreed.

Positions in Call 1

Schematic: production of smart nanoparticles. Graph: Maria MessingFormation and understanding of nanoparticle-based multifunctional novel materials for green-tech applications, generated by spark ablation

Research subject: PhD-studies in physics, within the discipline of materials science (TEFAFF00)
Main Supervisor: Maria Messing
Maria Messing's personal page and contact
Description of PhD project to generate multifunctional materials by spark ablation

 

Magnetic nanomaterials under the miscroscopeGeneration and characterization of functional nanostructured magnetic materials

Research subject: PhD-studies in physics, within the discipline of synchrotron radiation research (MNFYFI01)
Main Supervisor: Rasmus Westerström
Contact details for Rasmus Westerström
Characterization of magnetic materials: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Quantum dot structure to control movement of single electronsFundamental relations between information and energy – Building electronic devices that use information as fuel

Research subject: PhD-studies in physics, within the discipline of Quantum Physics and Devices (TEFAFF00)
Main Supervisor: Ville Maisi
Ville Maisi's personal page and contact
Information as fuel: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Advanced nanostructuresAdvanced nanostructures for photon detection and sustainable energy generation

Research subject: PhD-studies in physics, within the discipline of synchrotron radiation research (MNFYFI01)
Main Supervisor: Jesper Wallentin
Jesper Wallentin's personal page and contact
Nanostructures for photon detection: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Researcher adjusting a spectroscopy set-up. Photo: Jesper LöfmanUltrafast spectroscopy for new solar energy solutions

Research subject: PhD-studies in chemical physics (NAKEKF2)
Main Supervisor: Tönu Pullerits
Tönu Pullerits' personal page and contact
Ultrafast spectroscopy: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Principle of Single Molecule Detectionwith nanowires that emit light vertically. Graphics: Phillip KrantzBiomarker detection by optical sensing with nanowires

Research subject: PhD-studies in physics, within the discipline of optical biosensors (TEFAFF00)
Main Supervisor: Heiner Linke
Heiner Linke's personal page and contact
Optical biosensors: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Microfluidic device sorting red and green particles. Photo: Bao Dang HoHow does the shape of bacteria influence their capability to infect?

Research subject: PhD-studies in physics, within the discipline of biophysics (TEFAFF00)
Main Supervisor: Jonas Tegenfeldt
Jonas Tegenfeldt's personal page and contact
Morphology & virulence: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Deterministic Lateral Displacement posts. SEM-photo: Kevin Keim, EPFLThe role of the mechanics of cells, extracellular matrix and associated biomolecules in cancer

Research subject: PhD-studies in physics, within the discipline of biophysics (TEFAFF00)
Main Supervisor: Jonas Tegenfeldt
Jonas Tegenfeldt's personal page and contact
Biomechanics & cancer: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Molecular structure of a fraction of aggregated amyloid beta (Abeta)Solubility of amyloid beta peptide as a function of intrinsic and extrinsic factors (1-2 positions)

Research subject: PhD-studies in physical chemistry (NAKEMFK2)
Main Supervisor: Sara Linse
Sara Linse's personal page and contact
Solubility of amyloid beta: project description, work tasks, and more

 

Schematic of nanoparticles delivering drugs to neuronsNanoparticles in the brain: multitalented drug carriers to target neurodegenerative disease

Research subject: PhD-studies in medical sciences, within the discipline of neuroscience
Main Supervisor: Oxana Klementieva
Contact details for Oxana Klementieva
Nanoparticles against AD: project description, work tasks, and more

 


Call 1: How to apply

You may apply for one or for several of the open positions in this call. You can indicate the positions you are interested in the online application form. All applications are to be submitted in Lund University's Varbi-System using the link below. Applications must be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.). In addition, you will be asked to answer a number of evaluation questions when submitting the application.

https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:324966/


Interconnected colourful dots representing GenerationNano

 

GenerationNano purpose and vision

Nanoscience strongly contributes to several of the key enabling technologies (KETs) identified by the European Commission. Europe’s ability to harvest the full innovative and economical potential of nanotechnology critically relies on the availability of a highly trained workforce with the right set of skills. GenerationNano has the vision to deliver tomorrow's leaders bringing nanoscience and nano-engineering from basic discovery to commercial and industrial applications.

GenerationNano will recruit and train in total 14 talented doctoral students (ESRs). Guided by the EU principles of innovative doctoral training, the ESRs will be educated in the context of a close interaction between academia, research institutes, commercial enterprises and unique large-scale research infrastructures to be able to tackle the interdisciplinary approaches needed to bring nanotechnology to the market place and to educate the workforce that will help solve the European Societal Challenges and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The GenerationNano program is supported by the European Union's H2020 COFUND scheme (GA 945378) from 2020 to 2025.


Career opportunities - why should you apply?

We will recruit 14 doctoral students in two calls in the areas Materials Science, Quantum Physics, or Nanobiology. In addition to exciting research, the program includes a comprehensive training programme with courses in scientific as well as in transferable skills. We offer an international network of coollaboration partners from industry, academy and public authorities. The GenerationNano students will undertake secondments in the non-academic sector or abroad. Applicants can choose freely between one or more of the projects in the call.

Each call will give the applicants a choice between several positions. Positions can be placed in one of the research groups that are members in the NanoLund Strategic Research Area. All positions offer temporary full-time employment at Lund University and enrolment in doctoral studies. As an employed doctoral student, you will receive a salary according to the current salary level of the respective faculty/institution. The minimum gross salary is 27000 SEK.  

Only positions where the candidates fulfil the MSCA mobility requirements as well as the requirements for an early stage researcher are eligible for funding from GenerationNano. The other positions will be funded by grants held by the prospective supervisor. Thus - if you fulfill (1) the general admission requirements for doctoral studies at Lund University as well as (2) the qualification requirements for the selected position and have (3) additional desirable skills that have been listed for each of the positions in the call - do not hesitate to apply!


Call 2, under preparation

Timeline

Announcement of call mid-June 2020 until mid August 2020. Evaluation during September. First possible date of employment November 2020.

Positions in the call will be announced at the opening date of the call in June


Admission requirements (all positions)

Each open position has general and specific admission requirements. Above under each doctoral project, you will find the code for the subject curriculum that lists the specific admission requirements.

General admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Additional admission requirements for all positions

Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
All students must be judged to have the potential to complete the programme

Further requirements depend on the PhD subject in which the student will be enrolled:

Physics, LTH (TEFAFF00):
A person meets the specific admission requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she has:
•    at least 30 second-cycle credits of relevance to the subject, of which at least 15 credits shall comprise a second-cycle degree project, or
•    an MSc in engineering physics or an associated field, or a Master’s degree in physics or an associated field.

Physics, Science faculty (MNFYSI01)
A person meets the specific admission requirements for third-cycle studies if he or she has passed an independent project (e.g. degree project) of at least 30 credits in a relevant subject.
Equivalent knowledge acquired through corresponding programmes will be assessed individually. In order to enable interdisciplinary initiatives and important specialisations in certain areas, students with qualifications in subjects other than Physics may be considered for admission.

Chemical Physics (NAKEKF2)
A person meets the specific admission requirements for third-cycle studies in chemical physics if he or she has at least 120 second-cycle credits in chemistry of which at least 30 shall comprise a second-cycle degree project of relevance to the subject (here: Master degree in Physics, Chemical Physics, Molecular Spectroscopy, Optics or equivalent. Experience in spectroscopy and data analysis.). For chemical physics also 90 credits in physics will accepted. Equivalent knowledge acquired through corresponding programmes will be assessed individually.

Physical Chemistry (NAKEMFK2)
A person meets the specific admission requirements for third-cycle studies in physical chemistry if he or she has: at least 120 second-cycle credits in chemistry of which at least 30 shall comprise a second-cycle degree project of relevance to the subject (here: Master degree, or equivalent, with focus on physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry or equivalent, including advanced level courses in soft matter, surface- and colloid chemistry, biophysical chemistry or equivalent). Equivalent knowledge acquired through corresponding programmes will be assessed individually.

Medical Science
To meet the requirements for specific eligibility, applicants must have at least 60 higher education credits within the subject area of third-cycle (PhD) studies.
For the specialisation in neuroscience, the subject areas comprise biophysics, biomedicine, molecular or cellular biology.
Also, the basic experience in the following subjects is a requirement:

  • cell biology or biophysics
  • biochemical assays or biophysical experiments
  • cell culture work (at least with cell lines)
  • mouse animal models and animal work

Desirable skills 

In addition, each position contains skills or knowledge that will be considered especially meriting. These are listed in the description of each position.

MSCA eligibility criteria

Mobility rule: Researchers may not have lived or worked in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before GenerationNano's call deadline or the date of recruitment.
Only Early Stage Researchers are eligible to be part of the GenerationNano program. An Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) must at the date of recruitment or the deadline of GenerationNano's call be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Applicants that do not fulfil the MSCA eligibility criteria but are judged to be best qualified (based on the assessment of the criteria below) will be recruited to other grants than GenerationNano. 


Basis of Assessment (all positions)

Selection to postgraduate studies is based on the expected ability to perform well in the studies. The evaluation of the ability to perform well is based primarily on the results of studies at the basic and advanced levels, in particular:
1.    Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of the study.
2.    An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
3.    Written and oral communication skills
4.    Other experience relevant to postgraduate studies, such as professional experience.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

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