Postdoc in Multigrain X-ray Diffraction and Image Analysis for use in High Pressure Research

DTU Physics
Friday 05 Jan 18

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Applications are invited for an 18-month Postdoc position at the Department of Physics at DTU, Technical University of Denmark. The applicant will work on data analysis of high-pressure x-ray diffraction data of minerals.

DTU is collaborating with the geoscientists at University Bayreuth and the spin out company Xnovo Technologies to generate software for analysing x-ray diffraction data from samples under extreme pressures. A new crystallographic approach is applied, multigrain crystallography. The applicant will be part of the 3D imaging center at DTU. Other activities at the center include programs on x-ray and neutron instrumentation and facilities, materials science applications, a regional data analysis center, and an industry portal.

Responsibilities and tasks
The applicant will be responsible for developing the software for multigrain crystallography. Subsequently he/she will collaborate with the geoscientists to determine phases from a pile of existing data, which cannot be treated by existing tools. Participation in synchrotron based experiments exploiting the new software is also foreseen.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), preferably in a physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or a materials science-related discipline. Further qualifications: 

  • Skills within scientific computing and image analysis
  • Knowledge of x-ray crystallography
  • Self-motivation in scientific research
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken

Previous experience with analyzing x-ray diffraction data is seen as plus.

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to: 

  • the ability to operate in an international and cross-disciplinary team
  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience

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 workplace will be at DTU Lyngby Campus but with extended stays at ESRF.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Henning Friis Poulsen, or Associate Professor Henning Osholm Sørensen,   

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 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: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures 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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.