Göteborgs universitet möter samhällets utmaningar med mångsidig kunskap. 53 300 studenter och 6 500 medarbetare gör universitetet till en stor och inspirerande arbetsplats. Stark forskning och attraktiva utbildningar lockar forskare och studenter från hela världen. Med ny kunskap och nya perspektiv bidrar Göteborgs universitet till en bättre framtid.

The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located in the center of Gothenburg, with approximately 100 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The research focuses within the fields of Atom- and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Spintronics, and Complex Systems and Biophysics and is performed in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the Department include Bachelor- and Master programs in Physics, physics teacher-training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. 

The research group works in theoretical and statistical physics, classical and quantum. On the quantum side we work on many-particle systems in condensed-matter and atomic physics, on the classical side on the mathematical analysis of models for particles in turbulence and reaction-diffusion systems.

Job assignments

The goal of PhD project 1 is to develop quantum-field theoretical methods (both analytical and numerical) that describe the non-equilibrium dynamics of classical and quantum systems, and to apply these methods to experimentally relevant situations.

The goal of PhD project 2 is to develop statistical methods for interactions and collisions of particles in turbulence, and to analyse these models with perturbation theory, asymptotic methods, and numerics.

As a PhD student you are expected to independently contribute to the development of mathematical models and their analysis with analytical and numerical methods.  

Being a PhD is a 4 year full-time studies and leads to a Doctoral Degree. Those who are employed as doctoral students must primarily devote themselves to their doctoral education. However, a doctoral student may to a limited extent work with education, research and administration. Such work may, before the doctoral degree is completed, not cover more than 20 % of full-time work.


To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications.

*Relevant for the planned third-cycle education

The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).


Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with substantial experience and interest in analytical and numerical calculations in statistical, atomic, or condensed-matter physics. A genuine enthusiasm to work with experimental data is required. The successful candidates will demonstrate outstanding experience of independently pursuing analytical calculations (e.g. using singular perturbation theory, tensor analysis, quantum-mechanical few-body calculations, or quantum-field theory), and will be expected to perform advanced numerical simulations of model systems, quantum or classical.


Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg
First day of employment: February 2022 or by agreement

Appointment procedure

The application shall include:

Cover letter 
CV including scientific publications
Summary of your previous experience in theoretical physics (max one A4 page)
Copy or draft of the Master thesis
Copy of exam certificates
Two letters of reference to johannes.hofmann@physics.gu.se

For further information regarding the position

Dr. Johannes Benedict Hofmann johannes.hofmann@physics.gu.se

Professor Bernhard Mehlig bernhard.mehlig@physics.gu.se


Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made based of the qualifications registered in the application.


The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Salaries for doctoral students are regulated in a local agreement at the University.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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