Department of Physics and Astronomy

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.

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Research area and duties
The postdoctoral researcher is expected to perform theoretical investigations as well as to do computationally-based modelling within the research area of materials physics, with a special focus on modelling of electrically induced spin and orbital torques, theory for light-induced spin and orbital currents, current-induced spin dynamics and modeling of electrically induced magnetization dynamics in spintronic elements. The research tasks include the development of theoretical models and computer simulation programs to simulate non-equilibrium orbital and spin currents and their dynamics in antiferromagnetic and topological spintronic materials that have a significant potential for applications in future energy-saving spintronic elements. Various computer programs (like first-principles (DFT) calculations and simulations of coupled spin and orbital dynamics) will be used. In the project that is headed by Prof. Peter Oppeneer the candidate is offered the possibility to work in an exciting modern research area in condensed matter physics and will have opportunities to interact and collaborate with leading experimental and theoretical groups as well as industry.

This recruitment is connected to the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE, WISE, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, is the largest-ever investment in materials science in Sweden and will encompass major efforts at Sweden’s foremost universities over the course of 10 years. The vision is a sustainable future through materials science. Read more:

All early-stage researchers recruited into the WISE program will be a part of the WISE Graduate School,, an ambitious nationwide program of seminars, courses, research visits, and other activities to promote a strong multi-disciplinary and international network between PhD students, postdocs, researchers, and industry.

The applicant is expected to have a PhD degree in theoretical or computational physics. The degree needs to be obtained by the time of the decision of employment. Those who have obtained a PhD degree three years prior to the application deadline are primarily considered for the employment. The starting point of the three-year frame period is the application deadline. Due to special circumstances, the degree may have been obtained earlier. The three-year period can be extended due to circumstances such as sick leave, parental leave, duties in labour unions, etc. The applicant is further expected to have excellent capabilities to perform research, as demonstrated through publications in peer-reviewed journals. Good communication skills both orally and in written English, and also the ability to work independently, are required.

Additional qualifications
The applicant is further expected to be strongly motivated and a strong background in theoretical and condensed matter physics is desirable. Experience with large-scale computer simulations is also desirable, as well as the ability to perform computer code development.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position of 2 years according to central collective agreement. Scope of employment 100 %. Starting date 1st of June 2023 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala, Sweden.

The application should consist of a cover letter, CV, publication list, certificates of relevant degrees, an outline of the PhD thesis and a short research statement describing the applicant’s research experiences and interests. The applicant should also include the names of at least two reference persons.

For further information about the position, please contact: Prof. Peter Oppeneer,, phone +46 709 604016

Please submit your application by 14 april 2023, UFV-PA 2023/467.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2023-06-01
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/467
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben,
  • ST/TCO,
  • Saco-rådet,
Published 15.Feb.2023
Last application date 14.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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