PhD scholarship in Asymmetric Diffusion

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The Soft Matter Biophysics group at DTU Physics invites highly talented candidates to apply for a PhD scholarship in the field of experimental solute diffusion phenomena.

The PhD project aim is to develop a new class of asymmetric devices inspired by biomaterials, where diffusion tends to flow in one direction preferentially. The control mechanism is unknown, but transport is affected strongly by the geometry and surface properties of the channels. You will work on identifying, preparing, and measuring new devices capable of boosting transport.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your primary focus will be to develop systems that explore the relationship between diffusion and structure. You will design and build 2D and 3D structures to observe the magnitude and directionality of diffusive flows, whereby changing surface qualities and morphology you will observe the effect on the diffusion.

You should be a highly motivated student with academic excellence and/or demonstrated scientific achievements. You should be interested in doing cutting-edge research and prefer experimental work. A degree in physics, chemical engineering, material science or chemistry would be ideal for this position. Experience in coding and image analysis would be an advantage. Besides these skills, preference will be given to applicants with experience within the following areas: 

  • Microfluidics
  • Clean room fabrication
  • Chemical/material synthesis

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.  

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

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. Start date: 1 September 2021.
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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Kaare H. Jensen, email:, phone: +45 2231 5241. 

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 July 2021 (Danish 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)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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. 

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