Doctoral student in Applied Physics of metallic glasses


Ref REK 2021/95

About Malmö University

Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority. Our researchers and students work collaboratively to create, share and spread knowledge in order to understand, explain and develop society — both locally and globally.


The Faculty of Technology and Society conducts research and offers educational programs in the natural sciences, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, materials science, construction science, computer science and media technology. Our work is characterized by collaboration with the surrounding community, including industry. We conduct societally relevant research and our students get early exposure to relevant labor markets and career possibilities. 


The Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics unite interdisciplinary education and research in three main areas: engineering, natural science and mathematics. Three engineering programs at bachelor level are offered: Building Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Product Development and Design. In addition, the Science and Technology Foundation Year program is offered. A master-level program, Computational Materials Science, is offered since the autumn of 2019. The Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics offers an active and international environment. Recently, a PhD program in Applied Physics has been introduced.

Research at the department is conducted in three groups: materials science, applied physics and mathematics, and construction science. Major areas of investigation of the materials science group are hydrogen embrittlement of metals, evolution of microstructures in metallic materials, residual stress characterization, strength of interfaces, energy materials, surface chemistry, and grain boundary embrittlement. Within the aforementioned major areas, the focus is mainly on development of physically based material models using density functional theory, molecular dynamics, phase field theory and continuum mechanics, and related computational methods. The results from calculations and simulations of material behavior are validated against experimental data, and the research group in materials science is actively engaged as users of X-ray and neutron characterization techniques at international research facilities. Find out more on:

Work duties

Those appointed to doctoral studentships shall primarily devote themselves to their studies. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may, however, work to a limited extent with educational tasks, research, artistic research and administration, however, duties of this kind may not comprise more than 20 per cent of a full-time post (Chapter 5, Section 2 of the Higher Education Ordinance).

The aim of the PhD project is to develop numerical models enabling the production of components with an amorphous matrix, or a nanocrystalline amorphous composite matrix using additive manufacturing techniques. Large-scale facilities, both neutron and synchrotron based, may be used to calibrate and validate the developed alloys’ microstructure. The experimental part will be done in cooperation with other national and international universities.

Amorphous metals, or metallic glass, is a solid material that lacks the long-range structural ordering of atoms that ordinary crystalline material exhibits. Grain boundaries are therefore absent yielding a homogeneous material with unique properties such as high specific strength, improved corrosion resistance and tunable magnetic properties. Lately the use of additive manufacturing has been used to print large components, so called bulk metallic glasses, which is enabled by the high local cooling rates. Amorphous or nanocrystalline materials are ranked to be the next generation materials in electrical motors, under harsh mechanical conditions, or even for bone replacements.


Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentships (Chapter 5, Section 3 of the Higher Education Ordinance). Preparation of admission to postgraduate education and employment as a doctoral student take place in parallel. Those who have basic requirements for admission will have:

  • passed a degree at advanced level, or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 ECTS, of which 60 ECTS at advanced level, or
  • in some other way, in- or outside Sweden, have acquired equivalent knowledge (HEO Chapter 7 section 39)

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Master of Science (or equivalent) degree in Computational Materials Science, Physics, or related studies
  • Excellent written and spoken English

The following would be of benefit for the position:

The applicant should be interested and has knowledge in mathematics and numerical implementation methods. Other merits are knowledge in computational thermodynamics, nucleation and growth theory – especially for metals – programming in Fortran, Matlab or C. Teaching experience is also beneficial.

Assesment criteria

When selecting between applicants for vacant positions, the ability to complete postgraduate education is assesed (HEO Chapter 7 Section 5).

  • The quality and focus of the thesis work
  • Knowledge of nucleation and growth theory
  • Programming experience
  • Knowledge about large-scale facilities, such as synchrotron

Further information

For questions related to the PhD project, contact Associate Professor Martin Fisk,  

For other questions, contact Head of Department, Katja Frid,

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You may apply for this position via Malmö University's recruitment system by clicking on the "Apply" button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is completed in accordance with the advertisement, and that it is provided to the University no later than 2021-05-31. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the University can read what is written in the application. If the application is not written in Swedish, English or any of the Nordic languages, the applicant is responsible for the application and its appendices being translated.

The application must include:

  • Completed application form for admission to Research Education
  • Signed list of qualifications (Curriculum vitae)
  • Master degree certificate
  • A brief summary of scientific, teaching and other qualifications relevant to the position, together with a motivation (max 1 A4 page) for applying to this PhD-student position
  • Diplomas, transcript of records and other certificates relevant for the position
  • Independent work at advanced level (copy of master thesis or equivalent)
  • References (at least two; names, titles, contact information positions/relation)


The post is full-time and for a limited period, in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5 Section 7

Malmö University is a workplace and higher education institution that is characterised by an open and inclusive approach, where gender equality and equal terms add value to our activities.

Start date

As soon as possible 

Union representatives

SACO, Mats Syde,
ST/OFR; Bodil Sterner, 

We are looking forward to receiving your application!


You apply no later than 31/05/2021 by clicking the apply button.