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PhD Position in Experimental Physics

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  • Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

The Department of Physics at the Umeå University is looking for a PhD candidate in experimental physics for a project aimed at “Time-resolving dynamics in strongly coupled systems”. Application deadline is November 30th, 2020.

Project Description
The selected candidate will work within the research project ”Plasmon-exciton coupling at the attosecond-sub-nanometer scale,” in the RElativistic Attosecond physics Laboratory (REAL, In the ultrastrong strong coupling regime light and matter intermix and form new quasi-particles, which are called polaritons. These have hybrid electronic and optical properties offering a broad range of applications. Ultrafast oscillation between the two states of polaritons and related dynamical processes are on the few femtosecond time scale and below.

In the actual research, the femtosecond to attosecond dynamics of specific polaritonic systems [1] will be investigated and the necessary experimental setup will be constructed utilizing the lab’s unique infrastructure including two sub-5 fs laser systems and attosecond XUV pulses [2].
[1] D. G. Baranov et al., Nat. Commun. Vol. 11, p. 2715 (2020)
[2] D. E. Rivas et al., Sci. Rep. Vol. 7, p. 5224 (2017)

Competence requirements
To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level you are required to have completed a second-cycle level degree in physics, engineering physics, or engineering, or completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS credits, of which at least 60 ECTS credits are at second-cycle level. The recruitment procedure will follow the Higher Education Ordinance (Högskoleförordningen). A master degree (or equivalent), experience in experimental laboratory research, including optics, electronics, LabVIEW, MATLAB, lasers and plasma physics will be seen as an advantage. 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.

The application should include:
1.    A cover letter with a brief description of qualifications, research interests, and motivation.
2.    Curriculum vitae (CV).
3.    Verified copies of relevant degree certificate(s) translated into English or Swedish.
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.

Terms of employment
The position is a full-time employment that extends up to four years. If part-time teaching (max 20%) is offered, then the period of employment can be extended up to five years. The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for doctoral students. The position will open in January 2021 (exact start date can be negotiated).

For more information contact Professor Laszlo Veisz,
Applications must be submitted no later than November 30th 2020 via e-recruitment system Varbi.

We look forward to receiving your application!


January 2021 (exact start date can be negotiated).


László Veisz


Registration number

AN 2.2.1-1437-20


According to a local agreement for PhD students

Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 54 31


090-786 52 96




Umeå University wants to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment. We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.