PhD position in NanoBiophotonics for Light Robotics

DTU Fotonik
torsdag 11 maj 17

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Center for Biopharmaceuticals and Biobarriers in Drug Delivery
Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position in NanoBiophotonics for Light Robotics. The PhD project is part of the interdisciplinary research activities in the new Center for Biopharmaceuticals and Biobarriers in Drug Delivery funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme for oral drug delivery of biopharmaceuticals. This PhD project will be hosted at DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) but will involve close collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Univ. British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. PhD training will be enriched with potential research stays with collaborators in Europe, Japan or North America.   

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD project, in collaboration with biomedical science experts, will develop new light robotic systems and methods tailored for unprecedented control and precision in the study of biological mechanisms in drug delivery of biopharmaceutical through biobarriers. Light Robotics is an emerging approach to develop novel nanobiophotonics solutions by leveraging and integrating developments in optical micromanipulation, microfabrication, microfluidics, advanced light sources, microscopy and nanophotonics. The PhD project builds upon the leading light robotics expertise and platform available at DTU Fotonik and is supported by DTU’s advanced infrastructure for micro/nanofabrication and nanoscopy. This project will explore a number of approaches and integrate suitable methods into a new light robotics platform to be tested and validated together with biomedical collaborators.   

The ideal candidate should have a master's degree in optics and photonics engineering, applied physics, micro/nanotechnology or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree. A solid background in optics and photonics is an asset. We expect the candidate to have strong laboratory skills and research experience within experimental biophotonics, microfabrication, optical trapping, lab-on-chip systems, advanced microscopy and optical systems development is a strong advantage. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are important for the extensive networking and scientific dissemination activities in the project. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Early-Stage researchers are particularly encouraged while more experienced researchers are encouraged to consider a related opening for a postdoctoral position. Starting date is 1 September 2017 or earlier.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

The assessment of applicants will be made by Professor Jesper Glückstad, Group Leader of Programmable Phase Optics, and Associate Prof. Darwin Palima.   

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.   

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.   

Workplace will be at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jesper Glückstad, e-mail:; group website:   

You can read more about the Department of Photonics Engineering on  

Please submit your online application no later than 15 June 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Fotonik has 210 employees with competences in optics and is one of the largest centers in the world based solely on research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.   

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.