Professor in Plasma Physics for Fusion Energy Applications

Friday 03 Jun 22

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The Department of Physics (DTU Physics) invites applications for a position as Professor in Plasma Physics for Fusion Energy Applications.

The position is a permanent faculty position, anchored in the Section for Plasma Physics and Fusion energy (PPFE).

We offer you an international research environment, inspiring teaching possibilities of excellent graduate and undergraduate students, and a strong network with international facilities and programmes. We emphasize and encourage collaboration between theory and experiment and across disciplines—and build on using and developing state-of-the art methods and instrumentation.

Our local research infrastructure embraces a small versatile tokamak and other plasma setups. We have a broad collaboration on developing international fusion facilities like ITER and DEMO based on our expertise in advanced diagnostics and modelling of fast ion dynamics and of plasma turbulence and transport. We are furthermore the Danish entry point to the EUROfusion programme, and we coordinate national efforts at a number of Danish universities through the network DANfusion.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to make significant contributions to the research field of plasma physics and to mature fusion energy technology. You will take lead on attracting competitive funding for research and on contributing to international programmes and networks, including EUROfusion, Fusion for Energy (F4E), preparation for ITER operation, and design and construction of the DEMO device.   

Your research field includes several of these topics:

  • Fundamental plasma physics
  • Diagnostics, heating, and control of magnetically confined plasma
  • Theory, modelling, and numerical simulations of magnetically confined plasmas
  • Fusion technology including materials

The position offers and demands research, teaching, and innovation combined with leadership within these areas. We expect you to further strengthen our internationally recognized research activities as well as expand academic and industrial collaboration. You will focus and expand the Danish activities towards the fastest possible realization of fusion as a versatile sustainable energy source. 

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You are expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.     

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Volker Naulin tel.: +45 2537 4538 and Head of department Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen, tel.: +45 4525 3222.  

You can read more about DTU Physics at   

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.   

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2022 (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:

  • Application (cover letter) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.    

Applications 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.

Our research areas
At DTU Physics, we perform research in fundamental and applied physics areas, and we use and develop state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical approaches. We have a broad effort in materials physics and design, catalysis, quantum optics, sensing and communication, biophysics, plasma physics, continuum physics, and radiation physics. Our research impacts society with new sustainable energy technologies, secure digital communication, medical technology, and new analytical methods. We use and develop basic theory, next-generation instrumentation, and software, and aim to make our data publicly accessible and usable.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.