Postdoc in Terahertz Air Photonics

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Frist 31. marts 2021
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If you are establishing your career as scientist in the field of modern advanced optics and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it is right here in front of you. At DTU Fotonik you will break new ground at the absolute forefront of what is possible within manipulation, control and generation of lightwaves on the femtosecond time scale.

We are looking for a strong postdoc candidate within the field of terahertz (THz) air photonics. The successful candidate will work in an international team within the project “ALTESSE2” with Danish and French participation from universities and leading companies.

Within the project you and the team will investigate exciting topics such as filamentation of intense femtosecond laser pulses in the atmosphere, long-wavelength (THz) generation by filaments, and the application of the generated ultrafast radiation pulses for recognition of chemicals. The purpose of the project is to find out if long-wave radiation generated remotely by laser plasmas can be a viable means to detect chemicals in real-world environments – without getting into physical contact with the chemicals. Such capability will be great for environmental remote sensing and detection of harmful materials in a safe manner.

If you are selected for the position, you will be responsible for the progress of the project, and thereby develop her or his leadership capabilities. The position requires a collaborative and international mindset, natural curiosity, and a strong will to complete tasks in an efficient and professional manner.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The main purpose of the position is to lead a significant part of the scientific research in the French-Danish project ALTESSE2. This involves experimental studies of femtosecond laser filamentation at long distances, characterization of THz radiation generated in such filament under different conditions of the laser field, and THz time-domain spectroscopy of energetic materials and simulants. During the project, the candidate will lead experimental field campaigns in France (Institute Lumière Matière, Lyon and French-German Research Institute Saint-Louis), thereby also gaining experience in an active, international environment.

It is an advantage if you have some of the following specific qualifications:

  • Ultrafast laser science
  • Strong-field light-matter interactions
  • Terahertz-frequency optical spectroscopy
  • Laser filamentation

It is also an advantage if you possess some or all of the following general qualifications:

  • You have a strong capacity for problem solving
  • You enjoy an international environment
  • You enjoy travelling
  • You can complete tasks on time
  • You are well formulated in English, and can write scientific reports and manuscripts for publication at a high level
  • You have a desire to develop both professionally and personally
  • You enjoy taking the lead on project execution

Due to the nature of the funding of the project, it is a requirement that the candidate is a citizen in the European Union.

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

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 period of employment is 20 months.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Uhd Jepsen, Department of Photonics Engineering (

You can read more about the Department of Photonics Engineering at

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 31 March 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 (motivated and specific cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

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