at the Department of Physics. Closing date: January 15, 2020.

The Department of Physics at Stockholm University is one of the biggest within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees of which 95 are PhD students. The Department is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which apart from the Department of Physics houses the Department of Astronomy (Stockholm University), the Physics Departments and the Division of Theoretical Chemistry at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita).

Research area

The XSoLaS research group at the Department of Physics has a postdoctoral fellow opening for an outstanding individual to conduct theoretical studies, development and modeling to support and guide a world-leading experimental effort in the area of fundamental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis. The theoretical modeling will relate mainly to x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy performed at unprecedented high pressure (the POLARIS instrument at DESY). The aim is to understand catalytic reaction mechanisms at high pressure transcending the pressure-gap of surface science. The postdoctoral fellow will computationally determine possible reaction intermediates and predict their spectroscopic signals, which will be essential for a successful analysis of the measurements.  

The XSoLaS group focuses on fundamental reactivity at surfaces, electrocatalysis and hydrogen bonding in liquids. The scholarship is connected to a larger program with other participants at the Department of Physics and at Stanford University that involves theoretical calculations and ultrafast optical spectroscopy that complement x-ray based experiments. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to this larger environment and also to spend time with partners at Stanford University.

Scholarship terms

Postdoctoral scholarship for one year with the possibility of extension for another year. Start date as soon as possible or per agreement.

Scholarship for conducting postdoctoral studies can be awarded for up to two years within five years after PhD or equivalent.


Qualified applicants holds a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry or physics and a background in theoretical chemistry, surface chemistry and/or ultrafast spectroscopy, theoretical x-ray spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation with a focus on surfaces or condensed phase studies.
The assessment is based on documented theoretical knowledge relevant to the area, knowledge of and experience in theoretical techniques and methods, analytical skills, ability to work well in groups as well as independently, and personal commitment. Strong motivation is considered a key component for a successful outcome of the postdoctoral research. Applicants are invited to enclose documents certifying qualifications and competences, i.e. knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the application. Letters of recommendation and interviews will be used to assess the applicant's qualifications.


Further information about the scholarship can be obtained from Prof. Lars G.M Pettersson,


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to Prof. Lars G.M Pettersson, Your complete application must be received no later than January 15, 2020. Mark your application with reference number SU-402-0200-19.

The application should comprise:

  1. CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  2. Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  3. Copies of doctoral degree certificate and other relevant degree certificates
  4. Contact details for 1-2 references.
    • Your academic referees should send their recommendation letters no later than application deadline, via email to Prof. Lars G.M Pettersson,


You are welcome to apply!