Scientific Floor Managers

DTU Fysik

The Department of Physics seeks two high-level technicians with an academic background for designing, developing and operating scientific experiments/equipment for electro-catalysis, photo-catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis in the section of Surface Physics & Catalysis (SurfCat). The general safety in and the establishment of new laboratories is also part of the required work. The main objective of SurfCat is to investigate the fundamental relation of surface reactivity and activity with the perspective of developing new and more efficient catalysts and it is the Floor managers responsibility to serve as a “collective memory” and ensure continuity in maintaining a large instrumental park.

The job
Position 1: The successful candidate will take part in current development of our advanced scientific instrument park ensuring continuation in the operation and introduction of new methods as well as being responsible for safety and the establishment of new laboratory facilities. The candidate will also participate in the development and maintenance of our data acquisition infrastructure. Experience with both heterogeneous- and electro-catalysis in combination with physical characterization through the use of X-ray techniques and electron microscopy of both bulk crystals and nanoparticles are considered a great advantage.

The person must have extensive experience with ultra-high vacuum equipment and surface science methods. Experience in Python and LabView programming for developing new code is an advantage. The person will also be involved in teaching activities through developing and supervising exercises performed on the instruments of SurfCat, as well as advising students, PhD students, and postdocs on a day to day basis on technical questions. Description of the equipment may be seen on

Position 2: The successful candidate will partly engage in position 1 activities and partly engage in current developments that aim at studying catalysis by single nanoparticles as part of the Danish National Research Foundation Center for Visualizing Catalytic Processes (VISION), Specifically, the candidate will be responsible for the establishment, safety and operation of our new electron microscopy laboratory facilities. The candidate will participate in developments of advanced electron microscopy instrumentation, techniques and methods for studying nanoparticles during catalytic reactions and at the atomic-scale. The candidate will also engage in the development and maintenance of our data infrastructure as well as quantitative data acquisition and analysis methods.

The person must have extensive experience with transmission electron microscopy, surface science methods and/or heterogeneous and/or electrocatalysis. Experience in Python and LabView programming for developing new codes is an advantage. The person will also be involved in teaching activities through developing and supervising exercises performed on a new state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopes, as well as advising students, PhD students, and postdocs on a day to day basis on technical questions.   

The successful candidate must have a PhD degree in physics or similar relevant experience and have extended hands on experience with the methods such as XPS, ISS, AES, ICP-MS, GC, TEM, STEM, SEM, EDS, and mass spectroscopy. The person must be able to communicate clearly in Danish and English, be out-reaching and service-minded as well as be creative, patient and always be seeking new and improved methods.

We offer
We offer an exciting, flexible, and international research environment with many high-level challenges as well as an innovative collaboration with staff as well as students.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Application and contact
Please submit your online application no later than 26 September 2022 (Danish time). Open the “Apply online” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates. 

Further information can be obtained by contacting Director of SurfCat, Professor Ib Chorkendorff by e-mail: and VISION Director and Professor Stig Helveg by email:   

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.

SurfCat has ca. 60 employees and is internationally recognized for fundamental and applied research in heterogeneous-, electro-, and photo-catalysis. The group has an extended research portfolio with national and international collaborators as well as close connection to industry. SurfCat is one of nine research sections at DTU Physics, which has in total approx. 280 employees. We work in fundamental and applied physics areas, including a broad effort in materials physics. We embrace activities in biophysics and quantum optics, and we target applications in clean and sustainable energy, secure digital communication, medical technology, and new analytical methods. Finally, we use and develop basic theory, next-generation instrumentation and software.

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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.