Project description

Subject: Physics or Chemical Physics.

Water is the most important liquid for life on Earth. Although a water molecule is apparently simple, many anomalous properties of water are known, and still many questions about water on a molecular level puzzle researchers around the world. The XSOLAS group at Stockholm University has a fully funded PhD position available within the field of water- and ice research. The group of X-ray Science of Liquids and Surfaces, XSOLAS (, is located at the Department of Physics (Albanova) within the Institute of Chemical Physics. The group consists of several sub-groups whose activities are related to investigating the structure and dynamics of water in its glassy and supercooled states and in aqueous solutions on a molecular level, as well as studying ultrafast chemical reactions at surfaces and catalysis. As experimental expertise the group focuses on X-ray diffraction techniques using state-of-the-art X-ray synchrotrons and free electron lasers. Modern X-ray scattering methods provide powerful tools to investigate both static structure and structural dynamics on different length- and timescales.

The PhD-project will be part of a new sub-group led by Katrin Amann-Winkel and funded by the Ragnar Söderbergs Stiftelse ( The project focuses on studying the glass transition and liquid-liquid transition in amorphous ice and aims to build up a new experimental setup for measuring X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS) at elevated pressures. The experiments will have a high impact on the debate about different models explaining water´s mysteries. Therefore we search for a highly motivated candidate with skills in experimental physics, programming and data analyses. The work will also include frequent travelling to different world leading X-ray facilities.


Ref. No. SU FV-0347-19

Closing date: 3 March 2019

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