Professor in Surface Physics and Catalysis for Sustainable Energy Solutions

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Frist 15. november 2021
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The Department of Physics (DTU Physics) invites applications for a position as Professor in Surface Physics and Catalysis for Sustainable Energy Solutions.

The position is a permanent faculty position, anchored in the Section for Experimental Surface Physics and Catalysis (SURFCAT) or the Section for Catalysis Theory (CATTHEORY).

We offer you an internationally leading research environment, inspiring teaching of excellent graduate and undergraduate students, and an ambitious DTU innovation ecosystem. 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 research infrastructure embraces a dedicated high-performance supercomputer along with numerous experimental setups for ultra-high vacuum studies, electrochemistry, photocatalysis, and atomic-scale microscopy.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to make significant contributions to the transition to a non-fossil-based energy production through the design of new key catalysts. You will collaborate with nearby colleagues and with academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad.

Your research field includes one or several of these topics:

  • Surface physics studies
  • Electro-catalysis
  • Photo-electro-catalysis
  • Materials synthesis with atom control
  • Advanced characterization techniques
  • Computational and theoretical electro-catalysis
  • Collaboration between theory and experiment

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You will be 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 Head of Department Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen,, Professor Jens K. Nørskov, and Professor Ib Chorkendorff,    

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 November 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:

  • 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.  

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 methods. We have a broad effort in materials physics and design, catalysis, quantum optics, sensing and communication, biophysics, plasma physics, and continuum 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 we 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 12,900 students and 6,000 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.