DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Applications of Infrared and Terahertz Science

Wednesday 19 May 21

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If you are an early-stage scientist in search of a world-renowned place to establish yourself within the field of infrared and terahertz science, then DTU Fotonik might very well be of your interest. Here, you will put yourself at the absolute forefront of what is possible to discover and do with light. You will start out with an elaborate laboratory infrastructure for light-driven vacuum electronics investigations of new materials, including 2D materials and metamaterials.

You will start building your unique profile and international network from the first day and thereby enjoy a large impact on the world around you both short- and long term. Your current profile should demonstrate both a strong background within infrared and terahertz fundamental science as well as a proven track record for applying fundamental science in real-world applications. At DTU Fotonik, you will utilize these skills and extend them to a complete profile that enables forefront science to become commercialized in a faster and more impactful way than what has ever been done before by creating synergies between fundamental science, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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.  

Responsibilities and qualifications
In this tenure track position, your overall focus is to strengthen the department’s competences within the cross-disciplinary field between fundamental science and entrepreneurship. This cross-over is highlighted on both the international science and political agendas and this tenure track position therefore offers a large opportunity for you and DTU Fotonik to have global impact. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad.  

Technology and tech transfer is rooted in fundamental science. You will be responsible developing your independent research profile in nonlinear and applied optics in the terahertz and infrared spectral region.  

As an employee of a university your mandatory tasks include development and execution of teaching in regular courses, supervision of BSc and MSc student projects, and co-supervision of PhD students. 

Furthermore, you come with the following competencies:

  • Strong theoretical and experimental background within infrared and terahertz optics
  • Experience with cleanroom fabrication
  • Experience within technical innovation and entrepreneurship, e.g. by having been on the founding team of one or more technical companies previously
  • Elaborate network within the technical industry
  • Strong leadership skills in both an academic and industrial setting

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. 

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 Peter Uhd Jepsen, Professor, Group leader and Deputy Head of department at DTU Fotonik. E-mail: puje@fotonik.dtu.dk.   

You can read more about DTU Fotonik at www.fotonik.dtu.dk/english

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 20 June 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)
  • Additional information/documentation for proven entrepreneurial track record, e.g. from previously founded companies

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

At DTU Fotonik, we research into understanding the nature of light and all the ways in which we can control and use light, because research in photonics engineering will determine the future and new breakthroughs are needed to contribute to solving many of the Global Goals. We do research in the following areas: Communication and Cyber Technology, Bio and Health Technology, Green and Sustainable Societies, and Quantum Technology. We have a close collaboration with researchers from all over the world, just as we collaborate with industry and public authorities about the dissemination of solutions based on photonics engineering as their key enabling technology. Our laboratories are world-class, and internationally we are at the top. The atmosphere in the Department is informal, and our physical surroundings ensure that students and researchers can work in close proximity. This promotes knowledge sharing and an exchange of ideas that may spark new research and more start-up companies. We work closely together with our students, regardless of their passion being basic or applied research, as new breakthroughs in both discoveries and applications are needed.

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 12,900 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.