PhD Project in New Light Sources

tirsdag 13 apr 21

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Frist 26. maj 2021
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DTU Fotonik works with all areas of photonic engineering and the Department is now seeking to employ a PhD student to do research within new light sources. The work will be carried out within the Light Sources and Industrial Sensor’s research section.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The position is aimed at expanding our competences in photovoltaic systems and new light sources. Acknowledging photonics as a key enabling technology, the research activities originate around modelling and development of new light source architectures and photovoltaic systems. The research section aims for a top 3 position among the European research groups in diode lasers, LEDs and photovoltaic systems. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with researchers at international universities and especially Danish companies doing business within in the research topics. It is important that the applicant show that he/she can contribute to the development of new light sources and/or photovoltaics systems and preference will be given to candidates that can strengthen the following areas:

  • Photovoltaic systems
  • LED architectures for energy and lighting applications (green technologies)
  • Nanotechnologies for LEDs and Biophotonics
  • Advanced diode laser based systems for biophotonic imaging
  • Nonlinear MID-IR sensing for scientific and industrial applications

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in Engineering/Physics or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in Engineering/Physics.

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 of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Paul Michael Petersen.

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.

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Further information
For further information, please contact Professor Paul Michael Petersen,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 26 May 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 in 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Fotonik has 210 employees with competences in optics and is one of the largest centers in the world based solely on research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

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