Postdoc in First-Principles Theory of Crystal Point Defects for Quantum Technology – DTU Physics

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Point defects in wide band gap semiconductors are promising candidates for room temperature spin qubits, single photon generators, and for magnetic field sensors that could enable measurement of the tiny magnetic fields created by individual neurons in the brain. 

The section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), is seeking an outstanding and highly motivated post doc within the area of electronic structure calculations of point defects for quantum technologies. The project is supervised by Prof. Kristian Thygesen and is part of the recently established Novo Nordisk challenge program BIO-MAG. The BIO-MAG program is a collaboration between 4 partners, combining world-class expertise in theoretical materials design, material synthesis, material processing, electronic and optical material characterization and application in neuro-science.

Today, quantum computing, the generation of entangled photons for quantum communication, and measurements of magnetic fields from the brain require cryogenic temperatures. Research efforts into alternative methods that can operate at higher temperatures (ideally room temperature) are therefore a top priority for the fields of neurobiology and quantum technology.

As a postdoc at CAMD within the BIO-MAG program, you will discover novel quantum defects in crystalline solid-state materials and explore their properties for emerging quantum technologies, specifically spin qubits with long coherence times, single photon emitters with narrow luminescence spectra, and the detection of magnetic fields at the nano-scale. You will work in an international and stimulating environment of other PhD students and postdocs, employing state of the art computational methods and codes developed within the group. 

CAMD  offers an international and scientifically stimulating working environment at the Department of Physics, DTU, located in the northern Copenhagen area. The section develops the GPAW electronic structure code, the Atomic Simulation Environment (ASE) as well as other open source software projects and databases. Substantial computational resources are available for the project through the DTU-supercomputer facility Niflheim .

Your qualifications
You have a PhD degree or equivalent in theoretical/computational physics or chemistry. You have a strong background in solid state physics and electronic structure theory and basic knowledge of machine learning. You have good programming skills and knowledge Python. Finally, you have excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English.

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 upon with the relevant union.

The work must be carried out at DTU. The period of employment is for two years. The position is available from February 1, 2024.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professors Kristian S. Thygesen ([email protected] ).

You can read more about CAMD at here .  

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 December 2023 (23:59 Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • 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.

DTU Physics 
We carry out research in modern physics, especially in four main areas: sustainable energy, materials, quantum technology and biophysics. Our focus is both to acquire greater knowledge about basic scientific problems and to conduct research oriented towards use in societies and companies.

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