Doctoral Position in Theoretical Physics

Lund University Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics


Doctoral student in Theoretical Physics

Lund University, Faculty of Science, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics

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.

The activities of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics are centred around three main areas: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Theoretical Particle Physics; and Computational Biology and Biological Physics. Our research is driven by our curiosity to understand reality, from the smallest of particles to the largest astronomical structures, as well as the structure of Life itself. We have a strong international position in all three areas, and we are actively working on further strengthening our international profile.

The Theoretical Particle Physics group has an opening for a Doctoral student in Theoretical Physics, within the research area Particle Physics Phenomenology, starting no later than August 2021.

The Lund Theoretical Particle Physics group consists of eleven senior scientists, five postdocs and nine PhD students. Christian Bierlich, Rikkert Frederix, Leif Lönnblad, Stefan Prestel, Malin Sjödahl, Torbjörn Sjöstrand, Korinna Zapp and Gösta Gustafson (emeritus) work on various aspects of QCD and collider phenomenology, with emphasis on event generator development and applications thereof. Johan Bijnens mainly works on hadron and flavour physics, notably with chiral perturbation theory as a tool. Johan Rathsman and Roman Pasechnik are mainly working on the phenomenology of physics beyond the Standard Model, especially Higgs physics and unified gauge theories. Further information about the group can be found on the website

We enjoy good relations with the experimental particle physics group in Lund, which is a member of ATLAS and ALICE, and which explores the possibility of fundamental physics experiments at the upcoming European Spallation Source in Lund and in the search for Dark Matter (LDMX).

Description of work

The successful applicant will work on topics related to simulation of heavy ion and proton-proton collisions within the scope of the ERC project collectiveQCD led by Korinna Zapp, especially on soft QCD at the interface between particle and heavy ion physics.

Supervisors will be appointed at the beginning of the studies, and integrate the student in their ongoing research. The focus may shift as new interesting research subjects turn up; particle physics is a dynamic field and results from, for example, the LHC collider or precision experiments can inspire new research projects. The student is also expected to take a number of courses in theoretical physics, see and and may be required to perform a modest amount of other duties, such as teaching and administration, according to the specific regulations.


The position is open to students of all nationalities who fulfil the basic and special eligibility demands in the study plan . In brief the requirements are that the student, at the time of starting the PhD studies, has completed a master degree in physics or theoretical physics, alternatively has completed a bachelor degree, plus an additional full year of advanced-level physicsor theoretical physics, i.e. a total of at least four years of full-time University studies (240 ECTS credits), or has obtained equivalent qualifications in Sweden or abroad. Detailed rules can be found at Fluent spoken and written English is required.

Basis of Assessment

Regulations concerning appointment as a full PhD student can be found in HF 5 Chap 1-7§§ and SFS 1998:80. Those who hold a doctoral student appointment must first be accepted for postgraduate study. To be accepted, a student must be judged to have the competence necessary to complete a PhD during the tenure of the appointment. Among candidates, a ranking will be based on grades, the quality of undergraduate theses, if any, letters of recommendation, other relevant information provided, and ultimately (phone) interviews. Previous courses and project work in particle physics is an advantage. Experience with scientific programming is also a merit.

Application procedure

The application has to be submitted electronically using the recruitment system of Lund University On the linked page to the current position click on the "Login and apply" button and follow instructions. Applications instead sent directly to one of the group members cannot be considered.

Applications have to include a curriculum vitae, a description of research interests and past experience,copies of degrees, diplomas and grades, and copies of any previous research-related work. The CV should contain at least date and place of birth, nationality, address, education, and language skills, but may also contain e.g. additional skills, personal interests, honours and awards, teaching experience, conference and summer school participation, and publication lists. Upon request the applicants must be able to show original documents of degrees etc.

Applications also have to include the name, position, telephone number and email address of at least two reference persons. Those people do not need to send a letter of recommendation before being contacted, but if they do the letters should be sent by email to

Type of employment

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

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment No later than August 1, 2021
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/546
Korinna Zapp, Researcher,
Union representative
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, +46-46-222 93 62
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, +46-46-222 93 64
Published 15.Mar.2021
Last application date 15.May.2021 11:59 PM CET

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