PhD student in two-dimensional quantum materials (MSCA COFUND project PRISMAS) in Sweden


PRISMAS- PhD Research and Innovation in Synchrotron Methods and Applications in Sweden – is a new doctoral network training the next generation of 40 leading synchrotron experts and is co-funded by the Horizon Europe MSCA COFUND Programme. As a PRISMAS PhD student, you will have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research in your field. Being part of the PRISMAS programme gives you a one-of-a-kind experience in the form of a secondment at the world´s first 4th generation synchrotron, MAX IV in Lund, Sweden.

The research will be conducted at the Department of Physics and Astronomy located in the Ångström laboratory. Read more on

The Quantum Material Device group at Uppsala University is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg (KAW) Foundation to push the boundaries of quantum materials research. The group's overarching research focuses on developing innovative quantum material devices, investigating charge, spin, and orbital quantum phenomena for various applications such as energy-efficient memory and logic devices, flexible spintronic devices, novel quantum sensors, and intelligent spin-integrated and neuromorphic circuits.

The PI (supervisor) Assoc. Prof. Venkata Kamalakar Mutta from the X-ray Photon Science division of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University. He was awarded an ERC-consolidator grant in 2020 and leads the Quantum material device group (host group) with 4 Ph. D. students and 4 Postdocs. The project involves co-supervisors Dr. Zhaojun Li is known for his internationally recognized work on functionalized 2D materials for optoelectronics, Assoc. Prof. Andreas Lindblad, an expert in charge dynamics and nanometric profiling of the elemental and chemical specificity with X-rays, and Dr. Anirudha Ghosh (at Veritas beamline in Max-IV), an expert in soft X-ray spectroscopy of 2D van der Waal materials.

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The focus of the project will be to synthesize innovative two-dimensional (2D) material heterostructures and characterize them using advanced transport, magneto-optic, and x-ray spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, this project would involve significant utilization of X-ray spectroscopic techniques to uncover the band structure of the novel 2D heterostructures.

The training implies a secondment of 3-12 months at MAX IV laboratory in Lund, Sweden. Additional secondments and/or short stays may be arranged in agreement with the supervisor of the research project.

To meet the entry requirements for doctoral studies, you must

Additional qualifications

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines.

About the employment

The employment is a temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7. The position is a full-time, fixed-term employment for four years, forseen to start on 1 March 2023. Admission to the doctoral studies takes place at Uppsala University.

How to apply

Applications are to be submitted via the VARBI and must include the following documents:

All documents should be uploaded (pdf) in the job application portal.

In regard to incomplete applications, the PRISMAS Management reserves the right to exclude them in the selection process.

Details on the novel, unique and common selection process for all the PRISMAS positions can be found here: How to apply – MAX IV (

For further information:

about the position, please contact: Venkata Kamalakar Mutta,

about the selection process, please contact:

about the employment conditions please contact:

Please submit your application by 31 October 2023, UFV-PA 2023/3221

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