Postdoc in Electron Microscopy on Single-Molecule Processes - DTU Nanolab

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The newly established group “Nano-Micro-Macro. Structure in Materials” at DTU Nanolab is seeking a post-doctoral research scientist to study the (self-)assembly and functionalization of organic nanostructures by means of state-of-the-art electron microscopy. 

The position is fully funded by a Starting Grant of the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF, DK).

We strive at developing and applying concepts for characterizing structures, mainly focusing on cutting-edge atomic-resolution electron microscopy (EM), micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS), and theoretical modelling. The interdisciplinary efforts aim at relating the (atomic-scale) structure, dynamics and functions of materials under operational conditions to develop a fundamental understanding of process-structure-property relationships.

Responsibilities and tasks
In nature, countless structures are formed through (self-)organization of preformed building blocks. In contrast, bottom-up assembly of synthetic materials with predefined structures and properties still seems challenging. For example, mesostructured materials with well-defined properties can be designed through multiscale assembly, combining self-assembly of predefined building blocks (e.g. molecules) with a subsequent organization and functionalization. 

Our endeavor will enhance the research community's understanding of mechanisms to ‘grow’ functional nanomaterials and develop tailored synthesis routes for pre-designed functionalities. However, numerous challenges still need to be overcome.

Your overall focus will be to strengthen our competences within state-of-the-art electron microcopy to study single molecules and their function to form nanostructures. You will work and collaborate closely with nearby colleagues, and with academic partners in Denmark as well as abroad, all working at the technological and methodological edge of modern electron microscopy to advance materials science. 

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Develop a deep understanding of self-assembly processes of functional structures;
  • Develop conceptually approaches to ‘visualize’ individual building blocks (e.g., molecules) by means of state-of-the-art electron microscopy;
  • Develop and establish conceptually new approaches to study the function of individual building blocks in (self-)assembly and functionalization processes;
  • Develop data analysis approaches using data-driven concepts;
  • Develop, teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and be co-supervisor for PhD students;
  • Develop new teaching and course material at DTU Nanolab.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science or equivalent. 

Candidates must have an extensive experience with state-of-the-art atomic-resolution transmission electron microscopy (STEM/TEM). A strong background in scientific programming and deep knowledge of materials synthesis will be advantageous.

The candidate should have demonstrated a scientific production and research potential at the highest international level. The candidate should also have demonstrated outstanding problem-solving skills, teaching skills, very good communication skills in both spoken and written English, and experience in working independently and in an interdisciplinary team. 

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 period of employment is 2 years. Starting date is 1 January 2024 (or according to mutual agreement).

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor Joerg Jinschek, email: . 

You can read more about DTU Nanolab 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 31 October 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 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)
  • Research Vision Statement (<1 page) of how you would approach the stated scientific goal
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 

Applications 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 Nanolab's state of the art facilities, including the theoretical and practical expertise of our dedicated staff of around 80 researchers and technicians, provide a unique opportunity for a successful project. 

DTU Nanolab operates one of the most advanced university-owned open-access nanocharacterization centers with a powerful and state-of-the-art suite of transmission and scanning electron microscopes, including a brand new ThermoFisher Spectra Ultra, complemented by a leading university-owned open-access nanofabrication cleanroom.

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