Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Nuclear Physics

Lund University Department of Physics

Post doctoral fellow in Experimental Nuclear Physics

Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, fysiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

Subject description

One of the research areas within the Division of Nuclear Physics at the Department of Physics, concerns research with exotic radioactive ion beams far from stability, as well as development of multidetector systems for this and related research fields.  A new measurement campaign is scheduled from 2021 at the R3B-experiment at the international accelerator facility GSI (FAIR Phase-0) at Darmstadt, Germany, where the group is active. The applicant is expected to take an important role in the preparation and running of these experiments, as well as in the following data analysis.  The work is carried out in an international collaboration and includes both practical experimental work and theoretical interpretation of the results.

The applicant is specifically expected to take part in the work with the installation, upgrade and use of the calorimeter, CALIFA, of the R3B experiment, where the Lund group has a central role.  

The detector is a multidetector system based on ca 1000 scintillation detectors. The candidate needs to have experience from detector systems of this kind, including knowledge from numerical simulations.

The work is carried out in close collaboration with PhD students and other researchers in Lund and in Europe. The position thus requires regular travel abroad.

Further academic qualifications can be provided by analysing scientific data from other related experiments e.g. at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. The work also includes the opportunity to propose new experiments based on the interest of the candidate. Opportunities also exist to engage in teaching activities to add to personal pedagogic merits. 

Work duties

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral posistion is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Detailed description of the work duties

  • Research within the area of nuclear physics with radioactive beams.
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies depending on the interest and background of the candidate.
  • Participation in the supervision of degree projects and doctoral students.

Qualification requirements

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Work experience from international collaborations.
  • Experience with simulation and analysis software tool used within the field of experimental nuclear physics and in particular physics with radioactive beams.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications

This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers.

Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Knowledge of research with radioactive ion beams and related experimental techniques, including simulations, data analysis and theoretical interpretation.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment

This is a full-time, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 2 years. The period of employment is determined in accordance with the agreement “Avtal om tidsbegränsad anställning som postdoktor” (“Agreement on fixed-term employment as a post-doctoral fellow”) between Lund University, SACO-S, OFR/S and SEKO, dated 4 September 2008.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications,
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages),
  • contact information of at least two references,
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2021-04-12
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/31
Joakim Cederkäll, professor, +46 46 2227685,
Magdalena Brossing, HR coordinator, +46 46 222 95 62
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
Published 08.Feb.2021
Last application date 05.Mar.2021 11:59 PM CET