PhD scholarship in Design and Fiber Fabrication of Neural Devices

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A 3-year Ph.D. position is available in the Fiber Sensors & Supercontinuum Group at DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. Our group is seeking a highly motivated and talented PhD candidate willing to work on a challenging scientific project in a serious but also friendly and team-work oriented environment in the field of optical materials, design and fiber fabrication of novel multi-functional fibers. 

Project description
The PhD position is part of the project entitled: “Multi-BRAIN: Multi-functional optical fibers for brain dynamics monitoring and imaging” and it aims to investigate novel multifunctional fiber-based neural devices based on advanced functional materials. The position involves design of optical fibers using numerical tools, investigation of novel optical materials suitable for optical fibers and finally fabrication of multimaterial optical fibers using our state-of-the-art Fiber Drawing facilities.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in Physics, Materials Science or Engineering. They should also have: 

  • A track record within the areas of fiber modeling using COMSOL and Matlab,
  • Experience with optical materials and experimental fiber-optics.
  • An excellent academic performance record from a good scientific institution

At the time of recruitment by the host organization, candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers, and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion. Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs 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
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

Further information 
Main Ph.D. supervisor, Associate Professor Christos Markos, phone: +45 4525 6387, email:
Co-supervisor, Professor Ole Bang, phone: +45 4525 6373, email:    

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Please submit your online application no later than 1 October 2019 (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 out 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).
  • One-page document expressing the main research interests of the applicant
  • 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).
  • List of publications (if any)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their Master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Fotonik has 220 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 and devices, 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 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.