Project description

Subject: Physics.

We invite applicants to apply for a fully funded PhD position on the topic “Ultrafast X-ray Science on supercooled water”. The PhD position will be affiliated to the Stockholm University PhD program and additionally the project will be embedded within the DESY initiative “Centre for Molecular Water Science (CMWS)”.

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 remain open. The CMWS initiative brings together international research groups, aiming to investigate these puzzling properties of water in various relations. The collaborative PhD position is partly funded and supported by DESY and EuXFEL. Therefore, the successful candidate is expected to spend 50% of its time at EuXFEL in Hamburg. The project is part of the Early Science Program at the CMWS, where also other PhD students are working on the research topic of water.

Our group at Stockholm University (Water and ice under extreme conditions, led by K. Amann-Winkel) is located at the Department of Physics within the Division of Chemical Physics. The group is embedded in a lively research environment with other groups ( investigating the structure and dynamics of supercooled water and aqueous solutions. As experimental expertise the group focuses on X-ray diffraction techniques using state-of-the-art X-ray synchrotron radiation sources and XFELs.

The PhD project will focus on studying the transition between liquid water and amorphous ice using optical pump and X-ray probe techniques. The tasks include building up a new vacuum chamber for vapor deposition and performing experiments at a free electron laser facility. The experiments will have a high impact on the debate about different models explaining water´s mysteries.

We seek for a self-motivated candidate who is fluent in English and is looking forward to join a lively and exciting young research environment both in Stockholm and Hamburg. Therefore, we search for a highly motivated candidate with interest in experimental physics.


Ref. No. SU FV-0354-21

Closing date: 15 March 2021

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