PhD Scholarships in Nanotechnology and Materials Science

DTU Nanolab

You have finished or are close to finishing your Master’s degree in the fields of Nanoscience, Physics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, or similar Engineering degrees. You are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your academic dreams and ambitions, and turning your ideas into technology for the benefit of people by pushing the boundaries of current knowledge in science and engineering. A PhD at DTU Nanolab is a natural next step.

At DTU Nanolab you will break new ground at the absolute forefront of what is possible within the research fields of nanofabrication, materials discovery, and characterization. In a combined role (full time with full time salary), you will go through a researcher education while working on a research project. When finished, you have built valuable network, friendships as well as achieved research results to be proud of – and by that, you have created the best possible foundation for your future career in academia or industry.

DTU Nanolab are seeking a number of ambitious students to drive the PhD scholarships listed below. The intended starting date is September 1, 2022 but can be adjusted within a range of a few months upon mutual agreement.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within the development of new materials, fabrication of nanostructured surfaces and devices as well as pushing the boundaries of (in situ) characterization of structural and spectroscopic characterization at the nanoscale.

You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Acquire hands-on competences in  Nanofabrication and Nanocharacterization and apply those for teaching and supervision of BSc and MSc students;
  • Depending on the nature of the project, develop beyond-state-of-the-art nanofabrication processes and/or advanced nanostructure characterization methods;
  • Determine structural phenomena (and their statistical relevance); as well as the link to specific  properties;
  • Synthesize novel materials and/or nanostructures, and/or explore their structure-property relationships;


  • You are interested in working in interdisciplinary research collaboration;
  • You are a team player and have a strong talent for interacting in teams and integrating information;
  • You have a fundamental interest in nanostructures, materials, nanofabrication, structure-property relations, and materials characterization;

Short descriptions of the open PhD scholarships are listed below. Please use the assigned links for elaborated project descriptions:

  1. Multimaterial microrobots for hyperlocalized sensing (MicroHeroeS)
  2. Experimental Discovery of Phosphosulfide Materials for Solar Cells
  3. Computational Discovery of Phosphosulfide Materials for Solar Cells
  4. Microstructured Polymer Surfaces for Growth of Marine Bacteria
  5. Nanofabrication and Electron Beam Characterization of Plasmonic Metasurfaces
  6. Nanocharacterization of pyrolytic carbon materials for electrochemical energy storage
  7. Structural Characterization of Additively Manufactured Metal Components

You must 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.

Applicable for all scholarships

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 at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education.

The assessment of the applicants will be made in a joint effort by the potential supervisors, head of sections and the head of department.

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Jakob Birkedal Wagner

You can read more about DTU Nanolab at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 20 May 2022 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • A clear indication and motivation for the project you are applying for

In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for”, please indicate which project you are applying for (title from the above list of PhD projects or individual research projects).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Nanolab's state of the art facilities, including the theoretical and practical expertise of our dedicated staff of around 80 researchers and technicians, provide a unique opportunity for a successful project.

DTU Nanolab runs one of the most advanced university owned open access nanofabrication cleanrooms as well as a powerful and complementary suite of transmission and scanning electron microscopes. We conduct research in fabrication technologies and characterization methods, including novel materials and technology-near applications.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.