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OPEN POSITIONS PhD student 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 approximately 80 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The research 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, which creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the department.

For further information about the Department of Physics, please visit our website at More information about Gothenburg Physics Centre can be found at

Due to inherent hierarchical heterogeneous structure of different materials (including composites), it is highly demanded to develop computational tools to predict the behavior of materials at different length scales. These tools could also be used for virtual material development which results in tailoring new multi-phase materials. Activities of the research group is mainly focused on developing such computational models based on the physics and mechanics of the underlying material micro-structure.


Job assignments

Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is looking for a PhD student in the field of computational mechanics. The candidate is expected to have a master’s degree in applied mechanics, computational physics, structural engineering or a closely similar field. The focus of this PhD work will be on textile composite materials. The successful candidate will develop multi-scale models and will implement them in commercial/in-house packages to predict the mechanical response and failure of textile composites. Also, machine learning techniques will be used to enhance the developed multi-scale models (in terms of computational efficiency) to make them useable in industrial scale problems. 



To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs 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.

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.

*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education

The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

The following aspects will be considered in the evaluation process of applications:

  • Enthusiasm in high quality state-of-the-art research in computational mechanics.
  • Grades obtained on the bachelor's and master's levels
  • knowledge in solid mechanics, continuum mechanics and advanced applications of Finite Element Method
  • knowledge and interest in advanced numerical methods, and programming skills and interests
  • Communication skills (both written and spoken)
  • Experiences with micro-mechanical and multi-scale modelling of materials, and also machine learning techniques (not mandatory but desirable)




A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The employment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg
First day of employment: September 2020

University applies a local salary agreement of graduate students.

Appointment procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:

  • Cover letter with an explanation of why you are interested in this position, and how qualified you think you are for this position and why (not more than one A4 page)
  • CV, including your education, computer environment familiarities (programming, software, operating systems etc.), scientific publications and conference presentations (if any), prior research experience (not more than three A4 pages in total)
  • Copy of exam certificate
  • Two referees (name, telephone number, relation)



For further information regarding the position:

Mohsen Mirkhalaf, Associate Senior Lecturer

Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg


Phone number: +46 722689895  


Martin Fagerström, Associate Professor

Division of Material and Computational Mechanics, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology


Phone number: +46 70224873


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg:

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 based of the qualifications registered in the application.


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.

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