PhD scholarship in Plasma Physics

DTU Physics
Monday 29 Jan 18

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A 3-year PhD position is available at the Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy (PPFE) Section at DTU Physics. The section works with magnetically confined plasmas from a theoretical and experimental point of view with the focus on making fusion energy a commercially attractive energy source. The section is internationally recognized for its work with edge plasma turbulence and its work in the field of microwave scattering.

The planned research deals with increasing the heating efficiency of plasmas, a key element in realizing fusion energy on earth. The research is a part of a bigger focus area and you will be a part of a growing research team funded by the VILLUM young investigator programme with fellow PhD students and post docs. Microwave heating systems are a key element in obtaining high temperature fusion plasmas and a detailed understanding of the microwave interaction with the plasma is essential to reach the temperatures required for fusion power production. Recent work suggests that electron cyclotron heating waves may decay into plasma waves before reaching the plasma centre where the heating takes place. In this project, microwave decays is investigated on the fusion device Wendelstein 7X (W7X) located in north Germany.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will join the microwave scattering team at DTU and be responsible for the microwave decay studies at the W7X stellerator. The candidate will develop, upgrade and run diagnostic systems to detect specific plasma waves at the W7X device. The project will also involve a great part of analytical and numerical work together with advanced data analysis to validate numerous theories of microwave transport.

The main part of the work will be performed at DTU and missions to the Max Planck institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald are envisioned. Supervision of student projects and tutoring is expected.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship 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.  

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 an 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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Stefan Kragh Nielsen, tel.: +45 4677 4534.

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Please submit your online application no later than 26 February 2018 (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 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)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their 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.

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