PhD projects in Physics

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DTU Physics invites you to propose and apply for a PhD project that will start in 2021.

We are looking for highly motivated and skilled candidates to join us at DTU Physics and be part of our efforts to discover and explore science and technology to the benefit of society.

The subject of the proposed project must be within one of our main research areas:

Please follow the links to read more about the research and to identify potential supervisors (i.e. professors, associate professor, and senior scientists).

At DTU Physics, we are focused on research and teaching in physics areas of fundamental interest and with clear application and innovation potentials. We welcome both projects that are curiosity driven and projects closely related to solving grand challenges in society. We encourage and benefit from collaboration and curiosity to foster new ideas and solutions.

We have internationally leading research environments and centers, and we prioritize strong cross-disciplinary collaborations both within DTU, with leading international universities and facilities, and with private companies. DTU Physics has the main responsibility for the Physics and Nanotechnology education and for the introductory physics course for the majority of DTU’s students. The PhD position, which involves a limited teaching obligation, includes salary and travel grants covering the three years it takes to obtain a PhD degree at a Danish university. Salary level is approximately 46.000 Euro incl. pension per year.

You should have a master degree in physics or a similar relevant degree with an academic level equivalent to the master degree in engineering. Flexibility, self-discipline, taking responsibility, curiosity and a collaborative approach are basic skills at our department.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs of DTU – in this case in the Physics, Mathematics and Informatics program. 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 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. The starting must be in 2021. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Mandatory in your application
Please note that it is required that you make contact and discuss project ideas with one or several potential supervisors at DTU Physics before applying. You must state clearly in your application who you have been in contact with as potential supervisor. When contacting us, please refer to this job opening. We emphasize the dialogue in order to strengthen your application and ensure a strong fit to our research strengths. The supervisor must be professor, associate professor or senior scientist, and a list can be found via this link or via the research sections listed above.

Please note that you must combine all relevant documents to one single PDF file before submitting.

Further information can be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen, tel.: +45 4525 3222, email:  

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Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file containing all materials to be considered. Please submit your online application no later than 6 December 2020 (local time).

The single PDF file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application and describing the proposed project or project area, including information on your dialogue with a supervisor
  • CV
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here – in the right hand column)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree, but cannot begin, before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.  

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