Call for collaborative Sweden-ILL PhD projects


As part of the Scientific Member agreement between Sweden and the Institut Laue Langevin (ILL) for the period 2024 – 2029, 4 four-year PhD projects are available to be filled as soon as possible.

These projects are intended to strengthen the Swedish neutron scattering community in all regions and across a range of scientific areas and experimental techniques. The PhD-students will be affiliated to the SwedNess research school in neutron scattering and follow parts of that curriculum. The projects should provide researchers based in Sweden with continuous, high-level support in the preparation and realisation of neutron scattering experiments, principally at the ILL. All projects must involve an ILL scientist and a scientist from a Swedish organisation.

Application timeline:

  • Deadline for applications: 14 June 2024 (midnight CET)
  • Selection of projects: 12 July 2024

Application process:

  • All applications (in English) must be sent by email to by midnight (CET) 14 June 2024.
  • The application must be based on the completed application form (attached), which includes a description of the project and the applicant’s brief CV.
  • In case a candidate for the position is already identified by the applicant, a letter of motivation and a CV of the candidate must be provided as part of the application.
  • The applications will be evaluated in terms of excellence by a panel representing Sweden and ILL.
  • The selection of projects may take longer than announced above if there are many applications.

Successful projects:

  • The PhD student will spend the first 3 years at ILL with an ILL PhD contract. The fourth year will be spent in Sweden for which 47 k€ will be transferred from ILL to the host organisation. Any additional funding needed for the fourth year must be contributed by the host organisation and explicitly guaranteed in the application.
  • The candidate for the position at ILL must be approved by both partners – Sweden and ILL.
  • The applicant must sign an agreement with the ILL defining the responsibilities of each party and any sharing of costs and resources.

Please send any questions to Martin Sahlberg (, Mark Johnson ( and Peter Fouquet (

Last modified: 2022-11-08