Postdoctoral scholarship position in condensed matter theory at Uppsala University

The division of Materials Theory at Uppsala University offers a world-class environment for materials theory research, with interests spanning from strongly correlated and topological states of matter to atomistic spin simulations and first-principles calculations of materials properties. The division is highly international and currently consists of approximately 90 active researchers, of which approximately a third are Ph.D. students. The position is placed in the research group of Prof. Annica Black-Schaffer, which currently hosts four Ph.D. students and four postdocs.

The overall aim of the research is to gain deeper and fundamental knowledge of the mechanisms and properties of topological and unconventional superconductors. Currently two larger projects are being pursued, centered on topological superconductors for robust quantum computation and new mechanisms and materials for odd-frequency superconductivity. The goal of the first project is to theoretically discover new and experimentally viable topological superconductors with Majorana fermions and to determine the properties of these Majorana fermions. The project focuses both on the currently most promising proposals for topological superconductors found in superconducting hybrid structures of well-known spin-orbit coupled materials and on discovering new topological superconductors in graphene-like materials. The second project aims at discovering and exploring entirely new mechanisms and materials for odd-frequency superconductivity. Odd-frequency superconductivity is the key to understand the physics of superconductor-ferromagnet structures, and this project aims to extend the concept and importance of odd-frequency superconductivity to a far wider set of materials, ranging from multiband to topological superconductors.

We are seeking a highly motivated and well-qualified researcher holding a Ph.D. degree in condensed matter theory, or equivalently, with research experience in topological or unconventional superconductivity. Ability to perform both analytical and numerical work is beneficial. The successful candidate should be able to independently take responsibility for specific research projects but also work well in teams. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. The scholarship is for 1+1 years, with the possibility of additional extension depending on scientific progress.

The application should include

1) Cover letter
2) CV
3) Publication list
4) Statement of research interests
5) Contact details (email) for up to three potential referees

and should be sent as a single PDF file to with keyword Postdoc2018 in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin after 15 November 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Uppsala University is striving to achieve a more even gender balance and women are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information contact Annica Black-Schaffer, email:, phone: +46-(0)76 795 06 49