PhD position in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy

Thursday 02 Sep 21

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The Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Section of DTU Physics invites highly talented candidates to apply for a PhD scholarship. The starting date is desired as early as possible.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The focus of this PhD project is the dynamics and diagnostics of non-thermal and thermal ions in magnetically confined plasmas. Specifically, we are seeking a candidate to improve our exploitation of the Collective Thomson Scattering (CTS) diagnostic for plasma ion measurements at the ASDEX upgrade tokamak in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, Germany. This includes development of the diagnostic operating regime and of analysis methods for fast-ion measurements, as well as testing the prospects of characterizing thermal ions using so-called heating-beam measurements. A further element is to conduct a detailed study of the feasibility of exploiting CTS at the future DEMO fusion reactor, aided by the measurements at ASDEX Upgrade. As such, the project incorporates development of and participation in experiments, data analysis, and modelling of microwave propagation in fusion plasmas. Theoretical work such as development of CTS analysis codes can also form part of the project, depending on the candidate's interests.

The successful candidate will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Masters degrees. He/she should also be well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. Candidates for the PhD position should have a Masters’ degree in Physics or Mathematics or have similar qualifications by the time they commence the project.

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.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by an assessment committee headed by Head of Section, Associate Professor Stefan Kragh Nielsen.

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. 

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Further information 

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Stefan Kragh Nielsen,, +45 46 77 45 34. 

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 October 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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