Postdoc in Quantum Magnetometry

DTU Fysik
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The section for Quantum Physics and Information Technology (QPIT) at DTU Physics is seeking a postdoc candidate in the field of Quantum Magnetometry. QPIT is a medium-sized, highly international research group of more than 25 students and staff with diverse backgrounds. We have a dynamic research environment with close and daily interaction among all group members, and strong collaborations with many academic and industrial partners. We are situated just north of Copenhagen at the Lyngby campus of DTU, one of the leading technical universities of Northern Europe, where we enjoy newly renovated office and lab space.

In this project, we will utilize nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond for sensing magnetic fields with very high sensitivity and spatial resolution at room temperature. This opens up fully novel ways of characterizing neural activity based on the generated magnetic field distributions. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team involving physicists, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists to work on implementing a novel measurement method for in-vitro recordings. The main task of the candidate is to develop an experimental platform for two-dimensional mapping of neural activities of a brain with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity using novel measurement techniques and protocols.

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 be responsible for the planning, design and implementation of a wide field microscope 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 electronic components.
  • We expect you to carry out numerical simulations and data analysis, as well as programming of experimental control software in Python and Labview.
  • You are willing to travel and work on tasks together with our international partners.
  • We also expect you to supervise a limited amount of student projects.
The project is supported by the Innovation Foundation Danmark and besides DTU Physics involves partners from DTU Elektro, Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen University, Ulm University/Germany and Leipzig University/Germany. This project is also part of the national quantum innovation center QuBiz, where we pursue the commercialization of quantum technologies.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. He or she should be highly motivated, creative and dedicated to carry out research of highest standards. A strong background in experimental physics or engineering is required, including experience with one or more of the methods involved in the project, such as 
  • confocal and/or wide-field microscopy,
  • photon counting and spectroscopy,
  • radio frequency and microwave electronics, and
  • Python and/or Labview programming.

The candidate should be fluent both in written and spoken English. A background and experience in biophysics is an advantage.

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 terms of employment
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 employment of the postdoc is for 2 years, starting as soon as possible.

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Further information
For further information about the project, contact Assoc. Prof. Alexander Huck at or the section leader Prof. Ulrik Lund Andersen at

Information about the QPIT section at DTU Physics may be inquired from

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 28 January 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.