PhD position in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy

torsdag 15 apr 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 will be as early as possible.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The subject of the PhD project is integrated data analysis of the available fast-ion diagnostics at the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X. The integrated data analysis will be done using novel tomographic inversion techniques to measure the full phase-space distribution function comprised of position space and velocity space. The PhD student will work on theoretical aspects of the methods, their implementation, and use the methods to analyze experimental data. A major part of the project will be to prepare, participate in and analyze measurements at Wendelstein 7-X. The successful candidate will therefore be expected to travel to Wendelstein 7-X for several months. If beneficial, we will also apply the developed methods to tokamaks.

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 should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in Physics or Mathematics or have similar qualifications by the time they commence the project. Knowledge in plasma physics, tomography or inverse problems is advantageous.

Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled at DTU Physics. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the
DTU PhD Guide.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by an assessment committee headed by Associate Professor Mirko Salewski. 

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. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Mirko Salewski,, +45 2366 8444. 

You can read more about the Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Section at     

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

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 21 May 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 their 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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