Stockholm University is a leading European university in one of the world's most dynamic capitals. The University has more than 33 000 students, 1600 doctoral students and 5000 staff members active within natural science, humanities and social sciences.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 240 employees of which 95 are PhD students, with many international recruitments. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, where is also located the Department of Astronomy (Stockholm University), the Division of Theoretical Chemistry at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).

Project Description

The Department of Physics have a postdoctoral scholarship position available for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for studies in the area of aqueous solutions using x-ray scattering experimental techniques. The applicant is expected to play a key role in understanding the role of water in biochemical reactions by performing cutting edge experiments at x-ray national and international facilities. The host laboratory consists of world leading water researchers with expertise in X-ray diffraction techniques. The scholarship position is placed at the Department of Physics and the Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of the group of X-ray Science of Liquids and Surfaces, XSOLAS ( The group activity is related to investigating the structure and dynamics of water in aqueous solutions on a molecular level, as well as studying ultrafast chemical reactions at surfaces and catalysis.

The focus of the project is to study aqueous solutions in the liquid and glassy phase using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (XPCS). The experiments will take place at state-of-the-art X-ray synchrotrons and free electron lasers, as well as at in-house laser setups at Stockholm University.

Qualification requirements

Scholarship for conducting postdoctoral studies can be awarded for up to two years within five years after Ph.D. or equivalent. A suitable background is a Ph.D. in physics, chemistry or biophysics and is favorable experience in x-ray studies at synchrotrons, free-electron lasers or laser physics. Qualified applicants should have the ability to work both independently and as part of a group, and be able to travel abroad for experiments.

Terms of Scholarship

The postdoctoral scholarship is for one year with the possibility of extension for another year. Start date as soon as possible or per agreement. Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination with equal opportunities for all.


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to Assistant Prof. Foivos Perakis A complete application should include the following:

  • CV – contact details, personal information, degrees, work experience, language skills
  • List of publications – highlighting papers relevant to the position
  • References – contact details for 2 references (email)
  • Cover letter describing:
    • why you are interested in the research field/project described in the advertisement
    • what makes you suitable for the project


For more information about the scholarship, please contact Assistant Prof. Foivos Perakis