at the Department of Physics. Closing date: 17 January 2020.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy, the Physics Departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita). 

Project description
Manipulating the photo-reactivity of molecules can be achieved either by chemical modification, changing the environment, or by dressing the potential energy surface with specially tailored electromagnetic fields. From cavity quantum electrodynamics it is well known that an optical resonator can modify spontaneous emission of atoms via quantization of the radiation field. While this topic has been studied for a long time by scientists from atomic physics and quantum optics, more recently its potential for the control photochemical reactions has been discovered. This discovery potentially opens up new possibilities to design photonic catalysts and light-matter materials. Possible applications range from novel catalysts that may decompose environmental pollutants to the optimization of solar energy sources.

This project will theoretically investigate the possibilities of controlling the excited state dynamics of molecules in cavities, develop new simulation techniques, and study new physical phenomena in these light-matter systems.

Main responsibilities
The Department of Physics seek for a self-motivated Postdoctoral fellow who is enthusiastic about working on theory projects that combine state-of-the-art chemistry and physics. The successful candidate will develop models for the description of molecular ensembles as well as numerical simulation techniques for their dynamics.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to research skills. Qualified applicants hold a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics. Prior training in theoretical chemistry, molecular physics, or quantum optics is of advantage. Strong knowledge in computer programming as well as excellent skills in spoken and written English is required

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date 2020-02-01 or as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Markus Kowalewski,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's 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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to: and state in the subject line: SU FV-4612-19 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 17/01/2020