Assistant Professor in Solar Power Systems

Friday 22 Nov 19

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Are you passionate about teaching and research in solar power systems and would you like to be a part of a dynamic group with close contact to industry?

The Technical University of Denmark has an open position as assistant professor in the Department of Photonics Engineering (DTU Fotonik) in the Photovoltaic Materials and Systems group. The assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position.

Our main focus in the research group are on analyzing of bifacial photovoltaic modules for use in solar farms, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), and development of new methods for fault identifications in large PV installations.

At our site at Risø Campus, the photovoltaic systems group has state-of-the art module characterization facilities as well as a full-scale crystalline silicon-based prototype module facility. This equipment is placed in a newly opened laboratory of 400 m2, and furthermore the department has access to a 0.5 MW experimental bifacial test facility, combined with the most advanced solar radiation measurement station in Scandinavia.

The group holds a strong position and has a long-term experience within product-integrated photovoltaics with large emphasis on photovoltaics lighting products. Almost all research projects are in collaboration with the industry.

The group is furthermore leading a study line in solar energy at the DTU sustainable energy master program, which has a high number of students, runs four courses within photovoltaics and supervise many students. 

If you have an excellent research background and publication record, and are you able to combine theory and practice within Photovoltaic Systems and do you furthermore have excellent communication and dissemination skills then we would like to hear from you.

Responsibilities and tasks
It will be a huge advance if you are internationally recognized with documented research in several of the following areas:  

  • Experimental characterization of PV modules
  • Evaluation of PV performance
  • Field testing of PV systems
  • Characterization of BIPV
  • Modelling of PV systems
  • Characterization of PV power electronics
  • Research in O&M principles

As a member of our team you are expected to contribute in defining the Departments efforts within applied photovoltaics, collaborate with other research groups at DTU and in the department and to apply for funding for the activities and contribute to the group’s research and teaching efforts. You are expected to participate in departmental teaching at all levels so you should communicate in visionary and meaningful way.

The teaching will cover Bachelor-, Master- and PhD-level courses along with courses for industry and online courses.

Master and PhD courses are taught in English, while bachelor courses are taught in Danish and in English. Non-Danish speakers will be offered support to learn Danish in order to participate in teaching on all levels.

As a successful candidate you must have a PhD-degree in renewable energy, electrical engineering, physics, photonics engineering, computer science or similar. In addition, experience in teaching at university level and dissemination in general will be needed. Good communication skills in oral and written English are required.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to: 

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

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.

An assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

Your workplace is at DTU Fotonik at Risø Campus in Roskilde - close to good bus connections to Roskilde Station and Ølstykke Station. 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Group, Senior Scientist Jørgen Schou,, ph. +45 4677 4755 or Solar Energy study line coordinator, Sune Thorsteinsson,, ph +45 4677 4521. 
You can read more about Department of Photonics Engineering on    

Please submit your online application no later than 11 December 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: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

The Research Group in Photovoltaic Materials and Systems at DTU Fotonik is Denmark's leading research unit in research of building-integrated solar cells, product integrated solar cell systems, new optical characterization methods of solar cell systems and thin-film solar cells. We are part of the Department of Photonics Engineering at DTU with 210 employees with competences in optics, and which 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.

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