Postdocs to work on projects Combining Quantum and Optical Physics with Biophysics at the Nano-scale

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We are inviting applications for postdoc positions to work on projects combining quantum and optical physics with biophysics at the nano-scale.

The project aims to use the latest developments in nano-scale quantum sensing to find answers to long-standing questions in the fields of biology and biochemistry. The quantum sensing technique is based on the optical read out of the spin state of single nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond in a confocal microscopy setup. This sensing technique will be used to investigate charge and spin dynamics in nano- and microscale biological samples, from single proteins to cells.

The postdoc positions will be part of the Center for Macroscopic Quantum States (bigQ) at the Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Physics) and linked to the BioQ program funded by the Novo Nordisk foundation and a related project funded by a Villum experiment grant. The bigQ center, headed by Prof. Ulrik Lund Andersen, is at the very forefront of international research in continuous variable quantum optics, quantum optomechanics, and diamond-based quantum sensing. In the center, you will work with an international team of researchers in an informal working environment. Furthermore, you will become part of a collaborative multidisciplinary network of experts in biology, biochemistry and quantum physics. This project will have access to on-site, state-of-the-art experimental, and cleanroom facilities.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc positions will target experimental investigations of the topics below: 
  • Design, constructions and operation of a highly sensitive magnetic and electric quantum sensing setup, based on single nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond.
  • Development and preparation of biological samples for quantum sensing.
  • Implementation of a nano-positioning system to bring biological samples within the sensing range of the quantum sensor.
  • Development and experimental testing of new quantum sensing protocols, specifically tailored to the examined biological systems.

The exact research activities will be continuously adapted to ensure high relevance and impact.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in physics, biophysics, physical chemistry or equivalent. The successful candidate is expected to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following subjects:

  • Expertise in quantum optics experiments, scanning probe experiments, optical spectroscopy on biomolecular systems, optical trapping.
  • Background in quantum physics or spin chemistry.
  • Theoretical background and knowledge of concepts and methods in the relevant fields of quantum mechanics and molecular physics.
  • Experience programing scientific hardware in Python.
  • Strong self-motivation in scientific research.
  • Independent problem-solving skills.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
  • Experience with international and/or multidisciplinary collaborations.
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 terms of employment
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 workplace is the department of physics at DTU’s Lyngby campus and the position is for 24 months. Employment should preferably start in 
February 2020, but a later start might be possible. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ulrik Lund Andersen,, Associate Professor Alexander Huck,, and Dr. Juanita Bocquel,

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 December 2019 (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: 
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures 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.

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