PhD position in Physical Chemistry

Lund (SE)
Aug 27, 2020
End of advertisement period
Sep 21, 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, kemiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition. 

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who have completed a second-cycle degree have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

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The PhD project focusses on theoretical and numerical modelling of swimming microorganisms, e.g. bacteria and algae, an important class of so-called "active matter". These materials are of fundamental interest due to their non-equilibrium character, which enables a range of novel phenomena not seen in traditional materials, for example so-called bacterial turbulence. The research project will employ large-scale lattice Boltzmann simulations to study collective phenomena in active suspensions, focussing on phenomena induced by long-range hydrodynamic interactions between microorganisms. In particular, the PhD student will investigate how these phenomena are impacted by the presence of external perturbations, such as concentration gradients and flow fields.

The project will involve the development and implementation of new analytical and numerical techniques and tools for analysing simulation data, as well as writing scientific papers. The PhD project will be carried out within the programme grant "Active Matter Goes Smart", financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation, in collaboration with researchers at Gothenburg University and Chalmers University of Technology. The PhD student will participate in third cycle courses. The work may also include teaching and other departmental duties, although not more than 20 % in addition to the time allocated for research activities.

Mandatory qualifications

Masters degree in physics, engineering physics, physical/theoretical chemistry, chemical engineering or other subject relevant to the project. Good knowledge in  mathematics, statistical thermodynamics, sceintific programming (using, for example, Fortran, C/C++ or Python) and excellent oral and written English proficiency.

Additional qualifications 

Experience in molecular simulation techniques (e.g. molecular dynamics) or hydrodynamic modelling (e.g. lattice Boltzmann simulations) are considered to be additional merits

Type of employment
Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7§.

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