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OPEN POSITIONS PhD Position in Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located on the main campus of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, with a total of some 80 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The researching focuses within the fields of Atom- and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Spintronics, and Complex Systems and Biophysics and is performed in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the Department include Bachelor- and Master programs in Physics, physics teacher-training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. Gothenburg Physics Centre is a close collaboration with four other departments within the Faculty of Science and Chalmers University of Technology creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the department.

The research will be conducted in an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Gothenburg, led by a cell biologist (Caroline Beck Adiels) and a physicist (Mattias Goksör). By means of optical and microfluidic technology, the group seeks to answer different research questions originating in biology and life science (http://www.physics.gu.se/english/research/biological-physics). The research group is now hiring a PhD student that will be involved in the EU consortium DeLiver.

DeLiver is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) that include 6 academic and 3 industrial beneficiaries, represented in 6 European countries. This multidisciplinary collaboration combines research within optical physics and biomedicine with the aim of developing novel technologies to perform structural and functional studies (on nano-scale) of the pores of endothelial cells. In mammals, these pores constitute the fundamental barrier between the blood circulation and vital organs. (More information can be found here: http://www.deliver-itn.eu).

Job assignments

We seek candidates for one PhD position at the Department of Physics at University of Gothenburg. The successful candidate will work experimentally in an optics lab and the work will include the realization of optical setups (such as holographic tweezers and other advanced optical microscopy) as well as the design, fabrication and evaluation of microfluidics systems. The aim is to, by using optical tweezers in combination with microfluidics, study and perform 3D force measurements on mammalian cells (more specifically, on endothelial cells). This work will be conducted in close collaboration with several researchers and PhD students, active at several other European universities and companies (e.g. in Germany, Norway, Belgium and France, to name a few). The successful candidate will be trained in experimental and computational methods aimed towards force measurements using optical manipulation, statistical physics and micro-fabrication techniques. Part of the time will be spent on courses and educational activities common for the PhD students of the network.


To be admitted to doctoral studies it is required that you meet the general entry requirements.

A person meets the general entry requirements for doctoral studies if he or she

1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

In order to be approved for MSCA financing the applicant, at the time for the application, should not have resided in Sweden more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Moreover, the applicant must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1998:80.

  • We are looking for a strongly motivated person, who is able to work independently but who also is well equipped for collaboration in this multidisciplinary project.

  • You should be skilled at expressing her-/himself in English, both orally and in written text.

  • You have a MSc. in physics or equivalently.

Previous experience of the abovementioned techniques will be considered a plus.


Employment: Time-limited position
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg
Starting date: 2018-03-01 or upon agreement

For further information regarding the position

For questions regarding the position, you are welcome to contact
Caroline Beck Adiels,
+(46)31 786 9123


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made on the basis of the qualifications registered in the application.

Closing date 2018-01-24


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

The University of Gothenburg tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge. 37 000 students and 6 000 employees make the university a large and inspiring place to work and study. Strong research and attractive study programmes attract scientists and students from around the world. With new knowledge and new perspectives, the University contributes to a better future.The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

In connection to this recruitment, we have already decided which recruitment channels we should use. We therefore decline further contact with vendors, recruitment and staffing companies.

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