PhD scholarship in Quantum Sensing

DTU Physics
Thursday 07 Jun 18

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We are seeking a highly talented PhD candidate in the field of Quantum Sensing based on color centers in diamond. We are an international research team of more than 30 students and staff with diverse backgrounds. We have a dynamic research environment with close and daily interaction among all members, and strong collaborations with many academic and industrial partners. We are hosting a center of excellence ( and are located just north of Copenhagen at the main campus of DTU, one of the leading technical universities in Europe.

In this project, we will utilize nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond for sensing magnetic fields with unprecedented sensitivity and extreme spatial resolution at room temperature. These properties open up fully novel ways of characterizing bio-physical processes. The main task of the candidate is to develop a radically new platform for extreme sensing making use of quantum information schemes and novel engineering. The sensor will be used for the mapping of bio-physical processes such as neural activity of a brain and muscles.

The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team involving physicists, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists to work on implementing next generation measurement methods for in-vitro recordings.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will be part of a team dedicated to the design and development of platforms for quantum sensing with defect centers in diamond.

  • You will plan, design and implement an optical setup dedicated for imaging of magnetic fields with high sensitivity and spatial resolution.
  • In close collaboration with our electronic engineer, you will design low noise and high-speed components for fast data acquisition and processing.
  • We expect you to carry out numerical simulations and data analysis, as well as programming of experimental control software preferably in Python.
  • You are willing to travel and work on tasks together with our international partners. We also expect you to supervise a limited amount of MSc and BSc student projects. 

The project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and besides DTU Physics involves partners from DTU Elektro, Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen University, Ulm University/Germany and Leipzig University/Germany. The entire project will involve 4 PhD students, 4 postdocs and permanent staff members from five different institutions. Moreover, the project will make use of the internal DTU network - QuantumDTU ( 

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

The candidate should be highly motivated, creative and dedicated to carry out research of highest standards. A background in experimental physics or engineering and experience in one or more of the following methods is an advantage:

  • confocal and/or wide-field microscopy,
  • photon counting and spectroscopy,
  • radio frequency and microwave electronics,
  • molecular bio-physics, and
  • Python programming.

The candidate should be fluent both in written and spoken English.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

The assessment of the candidates will be made by the section and center leader Prof. Ulrik Lund Andersen, Assoc. Prof. Alexander Huck, and Assoc. Prof. Kirstine Berg-Sørensen.   

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assoc. Prof. Alexander Huck, tel.: +45 4525 3343

Information about the QPIT section and the center of excellence bigQ at DTU Physics may be inquired from and   

Please submit your online application no later than 4 July 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 out 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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 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.