Professor in Materials Science

Lund University


Professor in materials science


Lund University, LTH,


Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.

The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. There are seven research divisions and a number of research centra within the department. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics.

Materials science

Subject description
The subject comprises experimental materials science, in particular synthesis and characterization of materials that can be nanostructured. Examples are superconducting or quantum materials, materials for neuromorphic computing, complex oxides, wide-bandgap semiconductors, or organic-inorganic hybrid materials.


Work duties

  • Research and research leadership within the subject area
  • Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies
  • Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students
  • Actively seeking external research funding
  • Collaboration with industry and wider society
  • Administration related to the work duties listed above

Qualification requirements
Appointment as a professor requires that the applicant has:

  • Demonstrated research expertise.
  • Demonstrated teaching expertise.
  • Completed at least five weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning, or acquired equivalent knowledge by other means, unless there are valid reasons.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Proven ability to lead and develop research activities, including attracting external funding.
  • A profile commensurate with a future leadership role within NanoLund and/or LINXS.
  • The application must include a description of a longterm vision for how the applicant will contribute new materials to NanoLund, and how these can be used for basic or applied science, in particular in synergy with NanoLund’s existing core competence in nanostructures based on group III-V materials.

Assessment criteria
When assessing the applicants, special importance will be given to research and teaching expertise within the subject, with a stronger emphasis on research excellence. 

For appointments to professor, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A very good national and international standing as a researcher. The requirement for international experience shall be assessed with consideration to the character and traditions of the subject.
  • A very high level of teaching skill, including a very good ability to conduct, develop and lead teaching and other educational activities on different levels and using a variety of teaching methods.
  • A good ability to supervise doctoral students to achieve a PhD.
  • A good ability to collaborate with wider society and communicate his or her activities.
  • A good general ability to lead and develop activities.

Other qualifications:

  • Potential for collaboration with existing NanoLund research groups.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in leading a research group with significant external funding from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in collaborating with multiple research groups.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in leading multi-group research and funding efforts.
  • Experience as a user of large-scale research facilities such as synchrotrons.
  • A research direction with opportunities to make use of MAX IV or ESS, directly or through collaborations.
  • A research direction with opportunities to make use of Lund Nano Lab, directly or through collaborations.
  • Experience of and interest in sharing facilities, resources and equipment with other groups.
  • Experience of collaboration with industry and/or other non-academic stakeholders.
  • Contributes to diversity within NanoLund and the Faculty for Engineering with respect to gender, international and cultural background, or experience from other academic institutions.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research, first and second cycle education and innovation within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English. Please draw up the application in accordance with LTH’s Academic qualifications portfolio – see link below. Upload the application as PDF-files in the recruitment system. Read

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 Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/3529
Heiner Linke, +46462224245
Union representative
SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
Published 19.Dec.2019
Last application date 02.Mar.2020 11:59 PM CET



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