Postdoc in 2D Materials

Thursday 19 Mar 20

Apply for this job

Apply no later than 2 April 2020
Apply for the job at DTU Fotonik by completing the following form.

Apply online

The Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate working on the synthesis of two-dimensional materials. The successful candidate will be part of a research project that seeks to understand the growth of low-dimensional materials and makes use of spectroscopic methods for the in-situ control of defects in these atomically thin layers.

Technical University of Denmark has a broad range of activities within two-dimensional materials research. The candidate will be part of the Thin Film Photovoltaics group lead by Senior Researcher Stela Canulescu focus on kesterite solar cells and two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs). We collaborate with world-leading groups with expertise on both theoretical and experimental research dedicated to 2D materials. The successful candidate will be thus part of an exceptional collaborative environment consisting of scientists, postdocs and PhD students with expertise on nanomaterials, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, theoretical modelling and photovoltaics.

Responsibilities and tasks
The potential candidate is expected to be able to work independently and tackle interdisciplinary challenges that will involve: 

  • Synthesis of 2D materials, especially transition metal dichalcogenides by novel methods based on laser ablation.
  • In-situ monitoring of the growth of 2D materials using spectroscopic methods.
  • Characterization of 2D materials with AFM, XPS, XRD, Raman, PL, STEM-HAADF and nanofabrication.
  • Investigation of electronic and optical properties of 2D materials.
Building a setup for in-situ monitoring of 2D materials is an important part of the job. As a postdoc, you may be also involved in teaching. Experiments will be conducted with a suite of capabilities available at DTU or in collaboration with external partners.

This project is funded by the Sapere Aude- Starting Grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in Physics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or other science-related discipline. In addition, the candidate may have experience with two or more items listed below:
  • 2D materials synthesis, such as CVD, MBE, PLD or similar.
  • Raman spectroscopy of 2D materials.
  • Nanofabrication of 2D devices.
  • Sound background knowledge in solid-state physics is highly desired due to the exploratory nature of the projects.
  • Good communication skills in English (both written and oral) are required.
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 salary level is approximately 65.000 EUR/year incl. pension, with adjustments depending on experience. 

The employment period will be 18 months. The starting date is flexible, but preferably by May 1 2020 or earlier.

The workplace is DTU Risø campus.

You can read more about
career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Group Leader Stela Canulescu, e-mail:
, tel.: +45 4677 4519.

You can read more about DTU Fotonik at   

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 2 April 2020 (23:59 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
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures 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.

At DTU Photonics Engineering, we research into understanding the nature of light and all the ways in which we can control and use light. Photonics Engineering has become a key enabling technology for our society and is used, for example, both for our communication infrastructure, in the healthcare sector for the treatment of diseases and for secure communication on the Internet.

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 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.