PhD scholarship in Soft Matter Physics

DTU Fysik
torsdag 11 jan 18

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Frist 1. februar 2018
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A PhD position is available at the Neutrons and X-rays for Materials Physics section (NEXMAP) at DTU Physics. We are seeking for a PhD student to work in the area of soft matter physics.

The planned research belongs to the physics and materials science of polymers and oligomers. Particular interests are in early crystallization of flexible polymers in solutions and in crystallization of conjugated oligomers in thin films.

Responsibilities and tasks
An ideal candidate has experience in soft materials and in the use of synchrotron radiation and neutron scattering. Previous experience in company research is an asset. The tasks include: 

  • Prepare materials by gel processing and vacuum deposition
  • Conduct X-ray and neutron experiments and subsequent data analysis. This includes SANS experiments and work with X-ray micro- and nanobeams.
  • Conduct simulation activities supporting the experimental work. This includes MDS and DFT built models compared against experimental data.
  • When relevant, contribute to other experiments such as mechanical testing and opto-electronic characterization.
  • Advise and teach experimental and theoretical aspects and methods to the younger members of the research team.
  • Provide a small amount of teaching directly related to the research work.

Good collaboration with the other team members, beamline staff and other stakeholders is necessary. 

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.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Matti Knaapila (DTU Physics).

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.

The workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus but the work requires travelling abroad.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Matti Knaapila, email, tel. +45 9351 1340.

You can

Please submit your online application no later than 1 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.

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.