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Nordita Visiting PhD Student Fellowships

The visiting PhD student program at Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, 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 to the students, but should also be viewed as an opportunity to broaden their general knowledge and to interact with researchers working in diverse areas of modern theoretical physics.

Visiting PhD fellows may also be interested in taking PhD-level courses offered at the Universities in Stockholm area.

Duration and Starting Dates

A visiting PhD fellowship will be awarded for a period of up to three months, providing accommodation and travel to and from Stockholm, but no salary or per diem.

Starting dates for stays at Nordita are flexible.


A visiting PhD fellow must be registered as a PhD student at a University in one of the Nordic or Baltic countries with thesis in theoretical physics or a related subject.


A visiting PhD fellow must choose a local host, normally one of the Nordita faculty, who takes on a mentorship role during PhD fellow's stay at Nordita. Please contact your host before submitting an application, and discuss with them prospective research plan along with the duration and dates of your visit.


An application for the PhD fellowship program must be sent by e-mail to e-mail to, and should contain the following data:

  • your name and e-mail
  • your home institute
  • start date and topic of your PhD 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 the Nordita host
  • your CV
  • short (no more than one page) description of prospective research activities at Nordita

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

Your Nordita host should separately send to the same address a letter of motivation for your visit.

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

Further Information

If you have any questions, or need help in selecting a Nordita host, please contact the coordinators of the program at The coordinators are Marie Hermanns, Dhrubaditya Mirta and Olof Ohlsson Sax.

Deadline: Apply anytime; evaluations 15 June and 1 December.
Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical High-Energy Physics

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, invites applications for postdoctoral positions in theoretical high-energy physics.

The appointment will start on September 1, 2020, or some other date to be agreed upon.

The high-energy theory group at Nordita consists of Paolo Di Vecchia, Alexander Krikun, Niels Obers, Olof Ohlsson Sax, Konstantin Zarembo, Dmytro Volin and several postdoctoral fellows. The research activities focus on quantum field theory with emphasis on the exact results, string theory, holographic duality, integrable systems, scattering amplitudes. While applications in all areas of high-energy theory will be considered, individuals working on integrable systems, holographic duality, and exact results in QFT are particularly encouraged to apply.

Depending on the availability of funds, more than one position may be filled.

Only online applications will be accepted. The application procedure is posted on

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2019.

Simultaneous applications for these positions and for Nordita Fellowhips are possible (application online at and will be considered independently.

Announcement (PDF File)
» Apply online:
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Condensed Matter Theory at Nordita: Dynamic Quantum Matter

Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, invites applications for postdoctoral positions in theoretical condensed matter physics in conjunction with the ERC Synergy project HERO on Hidden, Entangled and Resonating Orders.

Project description

We expect to have openings for two postdoctoral positions in theoretical condensed matter physics:

Position 1: Dynamic Quantum Matter

One position will have the focus on Dynamic Quantum Matter. Quantum materials have stimulated a host of new ideas based on unconventional correlated, entangled, hidden and topological orders. Correlations, entanglement, novel dynamic orders determine the properties of quantum materials and naturally reveal themselves in the time domain. We seek a qualified PD in this area with particular focus on dynamic superconducting states, odd-frequency superconductivity, dynamic multiferroicity and Dirac materials.

Position 2: Machine Learning and Data Informatics

The second position will be in machine learning and data informatics. Recent growth of computational power and high demand for prediction of materials with target properties have led to a new way of doing materials research referred to as materials informatics. This approach places the main effort on performing high-throughput computing combined with data mining. Applications of this data-driven approach are wide-ranging and cover the search for various quantum materials with special electrical, optical and magnetic properties. The successful candidate(s) is expected to bridge the analytic and ab initio calculations in the framework of density functional theory within the field of quantum materials, including van der Waals and Dirac materials, topological materials, superconductivity, photovoltaics and multiferroics. The project is closely tied to the development of the open-access organic materials database OMDB  ( which is being built up at Nordita.

Main responsibilities

The positions include conducting a strong research and interacting with colleagues and visitors at Nordita, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University and elsewhere in the Nordic countries. Successful candidates are expected to spend significant time at KTH, SU and Nordita building connections between condensed matter groups.

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 three 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 research skills and ability to conduct research in the interactive interdisciplinry environment.

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for one year with the possibility of extension for one or two years depending on circumstances. Start date is 14 February 2020 or as per agreement.

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


The deadline for applications is 15 December, 2019. Only online applications will be accepted. The application procedure is posted on


Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Alexander V. Balatsky, Nordita,

Nordita was founded in 1957 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was relocated to the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm in January 2007 where it is jointly hosted by Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Research at Nordita covers a wide range of modern theoretical physics including astrophysics, biological physics, condensed matter physics, gravitation, cosmology and astroparticle physics, high-energy physics, and statistical physics/complex systems. The research activity of the local academic staff is supplemented by Nordita Scientific Programs, which bring together groups of leading experts to work on specific topics for extended periods. There is also ample opportunity for collaboration with faculty and research staff at local universities.

Further information about Nordita can be found at

Announcement (PDF File)
» Apply online:
Deadline: 15 December 2019

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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