Karlstad University

Doctoral student in Physics

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The Faculty of Health, Science and Technology invites applications for a doctoral studentship in Physics at the Department of Engineering and Physics. The topic of the doctoral project lies within condensed matter theory.

The Department of Engineering and Physics is a diverse and international workplace with a friendly and inspiring atmosphere. The theoretical physics group has a broad scope of interests encompassing research on material science, soft condensed matter, quantum phases of matter, high-energy and mathematical physics. The theory group is actively involved in collaborations with the experimental physics community at Karlstad University. 

We are reaching out to prospective students interested in analytical and computational investigations of emergent collective phenomena in the quantum realm. More specifically, the project will focus on non-equilibrium dynamical properties of discrete quantum gauge theories. The research project is a continuation of long-term investigations of discrete gauge theories which recently came into the spotlight of the experimental quantum simulation community. We have active international collaborations with colleagues in Germany, Israel, Spain, Korea and the USA which the candidate will be encouraged  to participate in.   More information about the research on quantum phases of matter at Karlstad University can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/quantum-matter-kau/home


The main task is to participate in the project “Discrete gauge theories coupled to matter- towards exotic quantum dynamics of fractionalized phases”, funded by Swedish Research Council.

A doctoral student is mainly expected to engage in doctoral studies. The doctoral programme consists of 240 higher education credits, including the doctoral thesis, and 120 higher education credits for a Degree of Licentiate. A doctoral student works independently and is prepared to further the work of the subject and department in addition to being prepared for an active role in teaching and administration. Such duties cannot constitute more than 20% of full-time.

You are expected to actively participate in the day-to-day activities and the workplace community to promote a positive work environment and operational development.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7 sect. 35).

To meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have second-cycle qualifications, completed at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 credits at Master level, or who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad. (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 39).

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies in physics, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle level degree in Physics, with a specialization in a relevant area for doctoral studies in physics. Eligible are also applicants with other degrees at second-cycle level, with at least 60 higher education credits in a relevant area for third-cycle studies in Physics, for example, a degree of Master of Science in Engineering Physics or teacher degree with relevant specialization in Physics.

Admission and assessment criteria

To be eligible for doctoral studies the applicant must be judged to have the ability required to pursue the programme successfully (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 7, sect. 35). Admission is based on individual assessment.

The assessment will focus on the applicant’s performance in previous studies, the quality of any independent projects completed during these studies, language skills, and whether the applicant intends to be a present and active part of the research environment.

All applicants must have a good command of English, oral and written.

Personal qualities, such as a positive attitude, good ability to collaborate, and excellent written and oral communication skills, will be given considerable weight in the assessment.


Upon admission to doctoral studies, a studentship position will be offered (Higher Education Ordinance, Ch. 5, sect.3). The position comprises four years of full-time studies, or five years of 80% studies and 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term. Start date by agreement.

The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students at Karlstad University.

Further information

Karlstad University places great value on the enriching presence of diverse backgrounds and gender balance in the organisation. We welcome applicants with different cultural backgrounds, gender identities, functional abilities, and life experiences.


Submit the application via the university’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi. Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments. A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

The application should include:

  • letter of application with brief description of the applicant and interest in the position,
  • CV,
  • degree certificate with a complete transcript of the courses included, or a certified list of completed courses with grades and dates,
  • copy of Master thesis or similar,
  • copies of publications or certificates for other qualifications, if applicable,
  • any letters of recommendation,
  • two references, such as a teacher, supervisor, or previous or current superior/manager or similar.
  • Information of language skills

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content. Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to the following address:

Karlstads universitet
Att: Josefin Rönnqvist

Application deadline: 15 January 2023

State the ref.no: REK 2022/250

We look forward to your application!

Karlstad University has chosen advertising channels for this recruitment and firmly declines any contact with advertising or recruitment agencies.

HR Excellence in Research
Karlstad University received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research award September 2020. The award is issued to employers with a stimulating work environment and good conditions for researchers and its continuous improvement. The award also conveys the university’s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment as well as favorable professional development for researchers. Read more: kau.se/hrs4r

Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: By agreement
Salary: Monthly
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: 100%
City: Karlstad
County: Värmlands län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: REK2022/250
  1. Marcus Berg, Professor, +46547002238
  2. Sergej Moroz, Senior Lecturer, +46547002664
Union representative:
  1. Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46547001714
  2. Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46547001434
Published: 2022-10-25
Last application date: 2023-01-15

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