JOBANNONCE: Roskilde University Ph.D. scholarship in experimental and computational physics - structure and dynamics of ionic liquids
Afdeling: Institut for Naturvidenskab og Miljø. Ansøgningsfrist 15-06-2019.

Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University, invites applications for a position as Ph.D. student of Physics from August 1 or soon thereafter. The position is for a period of three years.  

Description of the Ph.D. project  

The project focuses on detailed structural studies on ionic liquids at the atomic scale and how structure couples to the dynamics. Ionic liquids are salts that are liquid at room temperature and they have a great potential as electrolytes in lithium batteries, because there are inflammable unlike the electrolytes in use today. The project will focus particularly on the role of lithium ions on structure and dynamics and will help establish the fundamental scientific understanding that is the perquisite for bringing ionic liquids into use in batteries. The main techniques used in the project will be liquid diffraction, neutron total scattering, and inelastic neutron scattering combined with computer simulations.  
The PhD project is part of the ESS Lighthouse SMART – Structure of Materials in Real Time. The main supervisor will be Professor Kristine Niss and the student will be co-supervised by Associate Professor Dorthe Ravnsbæk from University of Southern Denmark. The student will also be part of the Glass and Time center ( at Roskilde University’s Department of Science and Environment. Glass and Time is characterized by strong collaboration between experiment, simulation, and theory.  
The student will be trained in neutron scattering and computational methods associated with the study of liquids and solids.  


The following qualifications are required:  
  • Master’s degree in physics or a related field  
  • Strong mathematical skills  
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry  
  • Experience with experimental work or computer simulations  
We are looking for an ambitious, curious and open-minded person. You are expected to possess good communication skills and to be a visible, involved participant in the department’s daily activities.  


In the formal assessment regarding employment consideration will be given to;  
In the assessment, regarding enrollment consideration will also be given to the following criteria:  
  • Grades of your master’s study  
  • Educational skills and any further professional qualifications  
  • Quality and relevance of the project description (see below)  

Application guidelines  

Following the official Roskilde University rules, the application must include the below items.  
  1. Cover letter  
  2. CV  
  3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent  
  4. Your description of the Ph.D. project – Here you describe in which direction you would like to work and how your qualifications fit into the project.  
  5. Your time schedule of the Ph.D. project – Here you state the suggested date of start.  
  6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications.  

The Doctoral School  

You will be enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the Doctoral School of Science and Environment. Read more here .  

Responsibilities and tasks  

The Ph.D. position is an educational position and the main tasks are in accordance with Chapter 3, Ministerial Order on the Ph.D. Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (  


 For further information, you are welcome to contact Prof. Kristine Niss  

Terms of employment  

The employment is on full time, 37 hours per week and formally, you will refer to Head of Department, Susanne Sørensen. Ph.D. students have the same rights, formal working hours, vacation, etc., as others in the Danish workforce.  
The position will be filled according to the Agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.  

Application procedure 

After the deadline for applications the Head of Department will shortlist applicants for assessment with assistance from the recruitment committee including the chairperson of the assessment committee.


Shortly after the application deadline all applicants will be notified whether or not their application has been selected for assessment.


The shortlisted applicants will be informed about the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant will be given the opportunity to comment on the composition of the committee and - later on - their assessment.


Once the recruitment process is completed, all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application.


To apply for the position go to 
Only applications in English are accepted. 
Applications must include: 
1. Cover letter 
2. CV 
3. Documentation of education including grades from Master’s programme or equivalent 
4. Your description of the PhD project 
5. Your time schedule of the PhD project 
6. If applicable: Documentation for any research experience, work experience or publications. 
Please submit your application no later than 2019, June 15. 
Material received after this date will not be taken into consideration. 
Roskilde University wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. Podcast

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