Postdoctoral scholarships in Applied Nuclear Physics for Nuclear Safeguards, Security and related fields – deadline for applications December 20, 2016

Postdoctoral scholarships in Applied Nuclear Physics for Nuclear Safeguards, Security and related fields
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology is currently seeking two Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join the Division of Nuclear Physics.

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The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics, to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering. We also offer university degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, and ‘Open entrance’, as well as a number of international masters programmes.

Research and teaching conducted at the Department of Physics ( spans from frontline topics in basic science (atomic, nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics) to more applied areas such as medical imaging, nuclear reactor physics, nuclear reactor technology and nuclear power safety. The Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA) is located nearby. The nuclear physics research programme at KTH involves experimental and theoretical studies of nuclear structure as well as development of methods and instrumentation for radiation detector and to address outstanding questions in fundamental and applied research as well as national security and health. Members of the group participate in the international detector collaborations AGATA, NUSTAR, and PANDA for the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR). In-house facilities include radiation detector laboratories including a low-background facility and access to high-performance computing resources.

Project description

The Nuclear Physics Group within the Department of Physics at KTH in collaboration with SSM – The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, seeks two outstanding postdoctoral scientists to conduct research on the development and demonstration of novel multi-sensor, neutron and gamma-ray detection and imaging systems for applications in nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation, nuclear security and related areas.

The project involves a new research focus area in applied nuclear physics for the combination of nuclear detection and imaging methodologies for enhanced sensitivity and sensitivity in characterizing nuclear materials in different environments.

SSM supports the IAEA and the European commission in developing methods and techniques to enhance international safeguard methods focused on techniques for non-destructive analysis of nuclear material. The results of SSM’s research efforts are used for both developing novel technologies as well as developing international regulations within the area of nuclear safeguards. The positions, which are contingent on funding being awarded, are part of a scheme to establish a dedicated research group at KTH concerning techniques for non-destructive analysis of nuclear materials.


Applicants should hold (or soon hold) a Ph.D. in nuclear physics or a related subject, obtained no later than five years prior to starting the position. Candidates may not have received their Ph.D. from KTH. Applicants should demonstrate relevant experience in nuclear and radiation science and possess strong data analysis and programming skills. In particular, applicants are expected to have a solid background in experimental data analysis and experience in the operation of nuclear radiation detection systems. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. An excellent command of the English language is required.

Experience from algorithm development, digital signal processing techniques, and advanced statistical analysis techniques is desired.

Experience from active and/or passive interrogation methods for nuclear materials is a merit. We value candidates who have expertise in radiation detector development and consider combined experience from theoretical modeling, Monte-Carlo simulations and experimental research an advantage. Knowledge of international safeguards and security is also an advantage. The successful candidates will show evidence of, or a strong potential for, the ability to carry out excellent research in an area that is relevant for the project.


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to The same address should be used for the reference letters. Please write the KTH reference number in the e-mail subject field. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2016-12-20.

Mark your application with reference number S-2016-1224.

The application must contain the following documents in PDF format.

Cover letter of up to 4 pages including a statement of your research experience and interests.
CV and a publication list.
Up to three letters of reference (sent in separately).
Please observe that your application refers to a scholarship, not an employment.

About the scholarships

Period: Initially 1 years with expected extension to 2 years, starting as soon as possible.
Extent: Full-time
Number of scholarships: up to 2
Location: Stockholm

Contact information

Professor Bo Cederwall, Head of Nuclear Physics Division

Professor Mark Pearce, Head of Department

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