Project Assistant in Soft Matter

University of Gothenburg Department of Physics


Project assistant in Soft Matter Lab

Ref PAR 2021/631


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The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located in the center of Gothenburg, with approximately 100 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 three 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

Information about research group:

The research will be carried out in the group at the University of Gothenburg led by Giovanni Volpe. The group focuses on soft matter, optical tweezers, statistical physics and machine learning.

Job assignments 

We are looking for two project assistants at the Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg. The applicants will work with optical tweezers and optical manipulation, microfluidics, and machine learning.


Eligible to be employed as a project assistant is a person who has a Swedish master’s degree or has a foreign degree that is deemed to correspond to a master’s degree.

In the assessment, special emphasis is placed on documented qualifications regarding: optical manipulation techniques, holographic optical tweezers, microfluidics, machine learning.


You have a master’s degree, or equivalent, in physics or in related disciplines, you have experience in the experimental fields of optical manipulation, holographic optical tweezers and microfluidics. Possibly, you have experience in programming and in machine learning.

  • We are looking for a two motivated people who can work individually but at the same time have a good ability to collaborate with other researchers in this multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • You should have a good ability to express yourself in both written and spoken English
  • Previous experience with the experimental techniques and numerical methods mentioned above is an advantage.

In the assessment, special emphasis is placed on documented qualifications regarding: optical manipulation techniques, holographic optical tweezers, microfluidics, machine learning.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 3 months
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg
First day of employment:  June 2021, or as agreed

Appointment procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:
Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position
CV including scientific publications
Copy of exam certificate
Two referees (name, telephone no, relation)

For further information regarding the position

Contact information name, title, phone number, email address
Giovanni Volpe, Professor, 031-786 9137,


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How to apply

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

Salary is determined on an individual basis.

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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