Uppsala University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The research conducted at the Department of Physics and Astronomy encompasses a wide range of physics topics, distributed over ten divisions. The department is located in the Ångström laboratory and employs nearly 400 people, 125 of whom are doctoral students. It offers a broad physics curriculum to undergraduate and graduate students, participation in nationally and internationally leading projects for researchers, and opportunities for partnership with industry and various outreach activities.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is the second largest at Uppsala University with about 350 employees and 10 different divisions and is situated at Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala. The Department was formed in January 2010 by merging the former Department of Physics and Astronomy with the Department of Physics and Materials Science. Webpage: http://www.physics.uu.se.

Information about the Project: The work will be conducted at the Division of Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy. The research within the division is being based on experimental studies of the electronic structure of molecules and condensed matter. The most important experimental methods are based on X-rays, in particular electron- and X-ray spectroscopy. The research is going to be conducted mainly in the laboratory located in Uppsala, but also at synchrotron radiation facilities, both national (MAX IV laboratory in Lund) and international (in particular PETRA III, ESRF and  BESSY).

The aim of the project is to develop and use new methods of time-resolved and low-dose spectroscopy, hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), and high-resolution resonant inelastic scattering (RIXS). The work mainly concerns measurements of energy materials, specifically perovskite solar cells focusing on the understanding of dynamic processes, some work on Li-ion batteries could also be included. The work implies measurements of both model systems as well as applied systems. The instrumental development involves an exploration of HERFD-XAS and ARTOF-XPS spectrometers for following dynamics by modifying the existing equipment to perform measurements on model systems as well as real functional systems.  

Duties: The duties include research and supervision. You will be one of the leaders of the experimental work aimed at the implementation of the new methods (e.g. of time-resolved and low-dose spectroscopy, hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), and/or high resolution resonant inelastic scattering (RIXS)). Opportunities for measurements at synchrotron radiation facilities are offered. A combination of measurements using ARTOF and High resolution XAS is of particular interest.

Work may also involve some interaction with industry, supervision of master students and/or PhD students to a certain extent and in collaborations between physics and chemistry on material development and device design. Cooperation with other academic staff as well as with society in general is also important. Such connection is an advantage for further academic employment as well as for work in industry and the public sector.

Qualifications: Experimental experience in electron spectroscopies and UHV systems is considered as an advantage. To qualify for a research position you must have skills equivalent to a PhD in a relevant field and be graduated not more than three years ago. Shown skills to run beamtimes and excellent knowledge of English is a must. If Swedish is not your native language, you are recommended to learn Swedish during the period. Uppsala University offers Swedish courses.

The application should include a statement of research interest, CV, certificates of exams, degrees and grades, a copy of the doctoral thesis, published articles or relevant materials, if available. Also, letter(s) of recommendation can be included.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 01-04-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position ending 31-03-2022.

Scope of employment: 100%

For further information about the position please contact: Prof. Håkan Rensmo, phone: 070-1679145 or e-mail: hakan.rensmo@physics.uu.se.

Please submit your application by 25 February 2020, UFV-PA 2020/295.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 20200401
Salary Individual salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/295
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 11.Feb.2020
Last application date 25.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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