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Nordita Visiting PhD Student Fellowships

The visiting PhD student program at Nordita is open for applications. The program, which is intended for PhD students in the Nordic and Baltic countries, offers selected students the opportunity to spend time at Nordita and take advantage of the research environment and ongoing scientific activities at the institute and the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm. This can, in particular, include collaboration on research projects with Nordita academic staff and participation in Nordita Scientific Programs in areas of interest for the students. Visiting PhD fellows may also be interested in taking PhD-level courses offered at Stockholm area universities.

A visiting PhD Fellowship will be awarded for a period of one to three months, providing accommodation and travel to and from Stockholm, but no salary or per diem. Applicants must be registered PhD students in theoretical physics or a related subject at a university in the Nordic or Baltic countries at the time of the fellowship visit to Nordita.

To work at Nordita as a visiting PhD fellow you need to select a Nordita faculty member as a host. Please contact your host before you submit your application and discuss your application with your host. This would increase the chance of an application becoming successful.

Starting dates at Nordita are flexible.

Apply for the fellowship program by sending an e-mail to, with the following information:

  • your name and e-mail
  • home institute
  • start date and title (or subject) of your thesis
  • name and e-mail of your thesis advisor
  • name, institute and e-mail of one referee (if other than the thesis advisor)
  • name of Nordita host
  • CV
  • short research plan (no more than one page)

Ask the referee to send one letter of recommendation to the same e-mail address.

Applications can be submitted at any time in the year. They will be evaluated twice a year, with a deadline for applications in each round of evaluations on 15 June and 1 December.

If you have any questions, or need help in selecting a Nordita host, please contact the coordinators of the program at

Deadline: Apply anytime; evaluations 15 June and 1 December.
Postdoctoral position in condensed matter theory

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, invites applications for postdoctoral positions in theoretical condensed matter physics, materials simulation, machine learning and data informatics.

Project description

We expect to have openings for two postdoctoral positions in theoretical condensed matter physics, superconductivity, and Dirac materials and in materials simulation, machine learning and data informatics. The positions include conducting a strong research and interacting with colleagues and visitors at Nordita, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University and elsewhere in the Nordic countries. One position will be connected to the (Villum Center of Excellence in Dirac Materials).

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than four years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, special attention will be given to strong candidates in the areas of computational or theoretical physics with experience in density functional theory calculations.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years. Start date is in January 2019 or as per agreement. The salary follows the stipend rules at Nordita.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

How to apply. The deadline for applications is 26 September, 2018. Only online applications will be accepted. The application procedure is posted on Applications should include a CV and publication list, a statement of research interests and three letters of reference.


Further information about the position can be obtained from:

  • Professor Alexander V. Balatsky, Nordita,
  • Assistant Professor Vladimir Juričić, Nordita,
  • Assistant Professor Nicola Lanata, Aarhus University,
Announcement (PDF File)
» Apply online:
Deadline: 26 September 2018

A note on our naming conventions for Nordita postdoctoral positions

We have two types of postdoc positions at Nordita.

The first kind, "Nordita fellows positions", are announced once a year with a deadline in November-December and start date the following autumn. Nordita fellows can pursue their research quite independently of our existing research groups, even though of course there is a lot of collaboration. There are typically 5-6 positions per year, all for two years.

Then we have "Nordita postdoc positions" announced within a particular project, typically connected with a grant. These postdocs are hired to work on that particular subject together with the other researchers in the corresponding group. The number of announced positions of this type is irregular, and depends on the ability of our senior staff to secure grants. The duration is typically two years but can vary, and start dates may also vary.

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