Postdoc in Luminescence Physics

Tuesday 15 Dec 20

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DTU Environment is seeking candidates for a part time postdoctoral position (75%) which aims to investigate the potential of rock surface luminescence dating of prehistoric stone tools. Do you have:

  • A background in luminescence dating, perhaps even in rock surface luminescence dating?
  • Good knowledge of the different signals used in Luminescence dating (OSL, IRSL, pIRIR, IRPL, VSL should not be complete strangers)?
  • A knowledge of the basics of luminescence physics?
  • A keen desire to be part of a project which has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of early hominid migration and culture?

If you answer yes, to most the questions above, then you should join our team in the section of Radioecology and Tracer Studies (DTU Environment) and Radiation Physics section (DTU Physics) for this project.

You will have access to a broad range of state-of-the-art and cutting-edge equipment, and have world-leading experts in the field at your side.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be the main person driving the project forward. At first, your focus will be on examining different cherts/flints from well-known archaeological quarries for their luminescence properties. This will include:

  • Spectral and mineralogical analysis of the samples
  • Finding the signal best suited to dating
  • Designing a protocol for precise and accurate dose measurement

The second part of the project will focus on the dating of early hominid sites (with and without age control) using the knowledge gained in the first part to demonstrate the reliability of the method.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 terms of employment
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 2 years starting as soon as possible.The position will be based on 75% of a standard Postdoc position.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Eike F. Rades (+45 21428837;; or Section Leader Jixin Qiao (+45 46775367;

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 January 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)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

DTU Environment is working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies and disseminate this knowledge to society and new generations of engineers. About 200 employees work in the department with 14 employees in the Radioecology and Tracer Studies section. Work in the section covers research on radioactivity in marine and terrestrial environments, monitoring programmes and risk assessment of environmental radioactivity, commercial analytical services, public-sector consultancy and innovation covering application and development of radioanalytical methods.

Department of Physics prioritises research areas within modern physics which represents a significant basic scientific challenge and also has clear application perspectives. The department has a number of state-of-the-art research facilities, including one of the largest and best equipped laboratories for Luminescence dating world wide.

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