DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Multi-Modal Imaging of Sustainable Energy Materials in 2D and 3D

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If you have a strong desire and will to establish yourself as a scientist, and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it could be right here!

At DTU Energy, you can break new ground at the absolute scientific forefront and become an internationally leading expert in the development and application of multi-modal imaging for the analysis of materials for sustainable energy technologies. You will combine imaging methods by electron microscopy and X-rays/neutrons in 2D and 3D with in situ options for advanced materials characterization for micro-/nanostructural, crystallographic and chemical analysis. You will play a key role in the discovery of sustainable energy materials for a greener world. Join us in developing next-generation fuel and electrolysis cells, battery materials or solar cells for sustainable conversion and storage of fuels and chemicals.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU’s Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Associate Professorship. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Become a leading expert in multi-modal imaging in 2D and 3D
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within multi-modal and in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in 2D and 3D for the development of new energy materials and technologies. You will link SEM techniques with corresponding X-ray and/or neutron imaging techniques and to the full extend exploit the similarity, complementarity and advantages of these techniques. You will work with nearby colleagues and with academic and industrial collaborates in Denmark as well as abroad. Part of the work may be collaborations with international large-scale X-ray or neutron facilities.

You are expected to develop your career and establish yourself as an independent scientist. You must contribute lively to the development and application of combining advanced SEM methods with X-ray or neutron imaging techniques to push the forefront of multi-modal imaging of components and devices for nanoscale and macroscopic organic/inorganic functional materials.

One example of a potential focus could be to develop our in-situ SEM capabilities in our state-of-the-art SEM instrument suite with the aim to detangle the interplay between micro- and nanostructures on the performances of battery cells. Another example could be to combine FIB-SEM tomography with X-ray nanotomography to analyze the structure and phase changes under operando conditions of electrode materials for the next generation of fuel or electrolysis cells. A third example, developing Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction automatic analysis of thin film materials for solid-state batteries. A fourth example, combining phase-contrast based neutron and X-ray tomography with high resolution SEM analysis for the understanding of life time and performance of granular electrodes for solid oxide electrochemical cells, polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells or organic solar cells.

A future focus will particularly be on high spatial resolution of interfaces in functional materials and autonomous analysis of data from characterization experiments. Computer-aided imaging and interpretation incl. modeling of electron/X-ray beam-specimen interactions will be of utmost importance.  

Other primary tasks will be to:

  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and be a co-supervisor for PhD students
  • Disseminate research findings and innovation – scientifically and in the public domain
  • Contribute to attract external funding from public and private sources
  • Strengthen and broaden the internal and external collaborations within advanced scanning electron microscopy methods and applications

Team worker with a PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science or similar
We are looking for a scientific talent with excellent skills and high ambitions. To succeed, you must like to create results via knowledge sharing and constructive collaboration with due respect to professional and cultural differences – and be able to give and take feedback with an open mind. Additionally, you must be curious and constantly expanding your field of expertise. As a teacher, you must like to coach and be able to communicate in an inspiring and motivating way – you set the standards for the engineers of the future.

Ideally, your CV comprises:

  • A PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials or similar
  • Academic experience (acquired after your PhD) from outside DTU (you can be working at DTU today)
  • Documented high-level results from original research on advanced SEM (e.g. high resolution EDS/WDS, EBSD, Kikuchi diffraction, cathodoluminescence, percolation and conductivity analysis etc.)
  • Documented results on modelling of electron-beam interactions and/or advanced SEM image analysis
  • Documented high-level results on FIB-SEM imaging and tomography incl. image reconstruction
  • Documented results on combining SEM with X-ray and/or neutron imaging for materials analysis
  • Documented results on relating structural properties to performance in components or devices for energy conversion and storage, preferably in-situ or operando.
  • Experience in designing and implementing multi-modal and/or in situ experiments
  • Experience with scientific computing for analysis of large amounts of imaging data
  • Experience from interdisciplinary research – and great motivation for collaboration

You must be responsible for the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicants qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Luise Theil Kuhn, Head of Section for Imaging and Structural Analysis (ISA), DTU Energy, luku@dtu.dk, tel.: +45 51 41 93 71.

You can read more about DTU Energy at www.energy.dtu.dk/english and ISA at www.isa.energy.dtu.dk.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 March 2021 (Danish 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

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

DTU Energy is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. Additional information about the department can be found on www.energy.dtu.dk.

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