18. May 2017 - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences
Ph.D. student in Novel Quantum Materials & Neutron Scattering
Ph.D. student in Novel Quantum Materials & Neutron Scattering
18. May 2017 - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences
Ph.D. student in Novel Quantum Materials & Neutron Scattering
Ph.D. student in Novel Quantum Materials & Neutron Scattering
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Engineering Sciences

Stockholm, Sweden


This PhD student position is part of SwedNess (http://www.swedness.se/), the Swedish national graduate school for neutron scattering where KTH is one of the responsible academic institutions. The school is fully funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and aims to educate a new generation of highly skilled neutron experts. Each PhD student is fully funded from the start, including salary and a sufficient running budget. The latter will give the student possibilities to travel to external experiments and to visit international facilities, institutions and conferences.

Description of Institution

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.
The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics, to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering. We also offer university degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, and ‘Open entrance’, as well as a number of international masters programmes

Job description

Modern condensed matter physics is the source of some of the most fascinating fundamental phenomena, e.g. topological insulators, superconductors and Bose-Einstein condensation. Such quantum states also possess intriguing and promising possibilities for future technical developments including sustainable energy, spintronics and quantum computation/security. In order to obtain a paradigm shift within this important field we need to both develop and understand a new generation of quantum materials. The main goal of this project is to realize and characterize model quantum systems for 1D, 2D and 3D magnetic lattices. This will be realized by:

  • Identifying promising spin compounds by performing virtual material synthesis through analysis, modeling and mining of our own extensive quantum materials database.
  • Establishing a new lab for synthesizing high-quality single crystalline quantum magnets.
  • Using powerful large-scale experimental techniques to perform systematic studies of spin entanglement in selected materials by accessing magnetic and electronic structures/excitations.

In detail the work will consist of hand-on experimental measurements, data analysis and to some extent computer modeling. The materials of interest will mainly be organometallic quantum magnets and the experimental techniques include state-of-the-art neutron scattering along with complimentary muon spin spectroscopy and synchrotron methods. The successful PhD candidate that will join this comprehensive project and experienced team should mainly focus on the experimental neutron scattering studies. However, depending on his/her qualifications and scientific interests, it is also possible to partake in the sample growth and/or theoretical modeling.

The recruited PhD student will be based in the Department of Applied Physics at KTH in Stockholm, but the project will be conducted in close collaboration with several well renowned international research teams. The majority of the experimental work will be conducted at external research facilities in Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and Japan. The employment is four years with a possibility of maximum up to five years. Up to 20 percent department duties (e.g. teaching) are included in the employment.

Trade union representatives

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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: Preferably 1 August or latest 1 September 2017 (or possibly according to agreement)
Salary: Monthly salary according to KTH’s Ph.D. student salary agreement
Working hours: 100%

Requested Profile

A suitable background for this position would be a Master of Science (or equivalent) in Physics (materials, solid state, theoretical or applied) or Chemistry (solid state). Prior experience in materials characterization techniques (diffraction, spectroscopy, susceptibility/magnetization etc.) and especially large-scale experimental facilities (neutron, synchrotron or muon) is highly meriting but not mandatory. Since the majority of the project consists of hands-on work in the lab, practical skills will be considered valuable. Further, the project is run in a wide international collaboration, hence, adaptive communication skills and social dexterity should be applicable to ensure a pleasant and productive team work. Finally, profound knowledge in written and spoken English is necessary and some prior knowledge in programming (e.g. Matlab) is preferable.

How to Apply


Log into KTH’s recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

The application must contain the following documents in PDF format.

  • Statement of professional interest: a document up to one page that summarizes your academic interests, your background and why you wish to pursue a doctoral degree in this particular research topic.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): a document of up to four pages, including all your relevant academic, professional and other achievements, and experiences.
  • Recommendation letters: Please send together with your application at least two recommendation letters and/or detailed contact information for at least two references.
  • An official copy of the MSc (or equivalent) degree certificate and academic transcript. For applicants in the process of obtaining the MSc (or equivalent) degree, they can state with supporting document the expected date of degree completion.
  • At least one example of technical writing, e.g., thesis, essay, course report or scientific paper.


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31. May 2017
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