PhD student in Applied Physics within SOFTWEAR Doctoral Network (PhD student 1)


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The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology conducts research and offers education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Research, the predominant activity, is often done in collaboration with corporate and international partners. We are one of the university’s largest, oldest and most well known departments, encompassing five interacting scientific fields: biology, chemistry, material physics, applied physics and theory and modelling.

We are looking for a PhD student in Applied Physics within SOFTWEAR Doctoral Network (PhD student 1 – Yarn and fabric actuators).

Your work assignments
The PhD student will develop new soft ionic Electro-Active Polymer actuators and actuator configurations and fabrication thereof based on textile technologies. The PhD student will develop yarn-based linear actuators that can operate in air, at low potentials (<2V), and that can be integrated in fabrics using weaving or knitting. Using advanced textile fabrication the PhD student will develop new yarn- and fabric-actuators. The yarn actuators will be made by coating ionic Electro-Active Polymers, especially conjugated polymers on commercial yarns or made from conjugated polymers only. The yarn actuators will be integrated in fabrics and individually addressed using integrated conducting yarns creating fabric-actuators with complex motion and embedded morphological computing.

As a doctoral student, you devote most of your time to doctoral studies and the research projects of which you are part. Your work may also include teaching or other departmental duties, up to a maximum of 20% of full-time.

Your workplace
The work will be carried out at Division of Sensor and Actuator Systems ( ) under the scientific guidance of Assoc Prof Edwin Jager. The Division of Sensor and Actuator Systems carries out research, undergraduate and postgraduate education within Applied Physics, in areas such as soft actuators, soft robotics, bioelectronics, biosensors, and gas and environmental sensing.

The PhD student will become a member of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Doctoral Network SOFTWEAR ( The network will comprise 12 PhD students from 10 European Universities. SOFTWEAR is a highly interdisciplinary Doctoral Network in the emerging and rapidly growing field of wearables, with a unique focus on soft actuators for wearables and exoskeletons. The primary objective of SOFTWEAR is to train young researchers in the multidisciplinary science of soft actuators for integration in wearables and augmenting textiles. This will be achieved by merging chemistry, physics, mechanics, electronics, textile technology, design, human-technology interaction and ethics in a truly interdisciplinary manner, while teaching essential skills in ethics, product development, IPR and industrial realisation, thus providing a unique added value to the careers of the Researchers. This will be accomplished by on-the-job training on innovative research projects developing beyond-the-state-of-the-art soft actuator technology and integrating this into active garments and soft exoskeletons. The research will be carried out at leading academic groups and by immersion in applied projects at the industrial partners. The position will require traveling to participate in Training Schools and secondments of several months to academic and industrial associated partners.

Your qualifications
You have graduated at Master’s level in (organic) chemistry, mechanical engineering, material science, (applied) physics, engineering biology, biophysics, or related fields with a minimum of 240 credits, at least 60 of which must be in advanced courses. Alternatively, you have gained essentially corresponding knowledge in another way.

Experience in smart textiles, textile engineering, wearables, soft actuators, electroactive polymers, linear actuators, or electrochemistry is meritorious.

You are passionate about science and engineering and have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. You enjoy teamwork with colleagues in a multicultural setting but are also able to work on your own. You should adept at thinking at a system level, be interested in applications and enjoy building and testing working devices. You should be highly motivated, taking initiative, problem solving, communicative, quality minded, flexible, and eager to learn. You can both write and speak English fluently. You must be willing to travel to secondment hosts and Training Schools.

Formal requirements from MSCA:
-        No previous doctoral degree.
-        Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary (i.e. Sweden) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their date of recruitment.

Terms of employment
When taking up the post, you will be admitted to the program for doctoral studies. More information about the doctoral studies at each faculty is available at Doctoral studies at Linköping University

The employment has a duration of four years’ full-time equivalent. You will initially be employed for a period of one year. The employment will subsequently be renewed for periods of maximum duration two years, depending on your progress through the study plan. The employment may be extended up to a maximum of five years, based on the amount of teaching and departmental duties you have carried out. Further extensions can be granted in special circumstances.

Starting date
By agreement but latest January 2023.

Salary and employment benefits
The salary of doctoral students is determined according to a locally negotiated salary progression.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives
Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than 2 September 2022.

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Edwin Jager

Associate professor and Head of Division

+46 13 28 12 46

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