PhD scholarship in luminescence physics

DTU Nutech
onsdag 04 jul 18

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DTU Nutech, the Radiation Physics Division, is seeking candidates for a PhD position to develop methods for 2D infra-red photoluminescence (IRPL) imaging for applications in dosimetry and geochronology.

The Radiation Physics Division carries out research, innovation and research-based consultancy in the fields of dosimetry, luminescence physics, and neutronics, with applications within e.g. geological and archaeological dating, radiation therapy, radiation processing, and reactor physics. The division presently consists of approx. 40 people including researchers, technicians and PhD students.

A novel non-destructive method of measuring luminescence from trapped electrons has recently been developed at DTU Nutech. This method, called infra-red photoluminescence, allows for the first time high-resolution mapping of ionizing radiation induced luminescence signals in feldspar mineral or feldspar bearing rocks.
Such mapping can be used to a) investigate luminescence mechanisms on nanoscales and their link to lattice defects, b) produce novel 2D dosimeters for, e.g., medical or industrial applications, and c) rock surface dating by high-resolution mapping of the bleaching front in rocks.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD project aims at developing new methods for IRPL imaging for applications in rock surface dating and understanding the origins of IRPL in relation to the chemical composition and structural heterogeneities of feldspar. The PhD student will participate in testing and development of the IRPL imaging system(s) and analytical protocols.

The successful candidate is expected to have a master’s or equivalent degree in physics, optics or geosciences. Prior experience in luminescence geochronology/dosimetry would be an advantage. Experience in numerical modelling/computation is desirable.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Researcher Mayank Jain.

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.

We offer
We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international academic environment with excellent possibilities for professional and personal development. The successful candidate will work in an environment with activities and expertise in radiation physics, dosimetry, radioecology and medical applications of radionuclides.

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 appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The place of work is DTU Nutech at Risø Campus in Roskilde.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Mayank Jain,, +45 4677 4909.

Please submit your online application no later than 18 July 2018 (local time).

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.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.