Professor in Radiation Detection and Measurements - DTU Space

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DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark is looking for a professor within radiation detection and measurements system. 

You will be a leading part of our Instrument and Detector Development Group. The scope is to strengthen the on-going DTU Space activities and contributions to the DTU Space education program. The group is mainly focusing on developing next generation detector sensor materials and signal processing technologies for future Scientific Space Instrumentation but also for other relevant application fields, e.g., Nuclear medical imaging, homeland security and defense.

Responsibilities and qualifications
As professor, you will be responsible for building up an internationally recognized research activity within research, development, innovation and education projects in various detector applications and instruments, including space science, security and medical. You will be leading DTU Space detector laboratory and experimental research projects, involving graduate students and young scientists.

You are expected to address several of the following challenges:

  • Develop advanced theoretical mathematical detector models for simulation and prototyping
  • Develop state-of-the-art experimental detector setup for conducting characterization work and validating prototype detector performance 
  • Develop new methods and algorithms to achieve near-real time, artificial intelligent high resolution detector signal processing. 
  • Perform and conduct experimental radiation damage effect test on detector materials and electronic components
  • Be technical science lead on several current DTU Space involvements in ESA space missions
  • Participate in and contribute to the consortia of possible future ESA missions with DTU Space instrument contributions including development of competences
  • Contribute to and develop courses specifically within radiation detection and measurement systems, and within astrophysics in general
  • Write and secure funding proposals and applications to national and international funding agencies for the on-going and future projects 

You will be expected to attract national and international funding and lead large- scale international research projects. You are keen to further develop the collaboration with national and international research institutes and industries through collaborative projects and partnerships. Key responsibilities therefore include performing inspirational and motivational research leadership in general, but also be a role model and take leadership in terms of strengthening of the profile and international visibility of the DTU Space instrument development.

Your research is expected to enable developing high-resolution radiation detector modules with associated readout and control circuitry ensuring feasibility to usage on future high-energy missions. Moreover, development of such detector technology should result in a wider impact through its associated uses in medical imaging and security. 

Dissemination of major results and scientific and industrial exploitation of the developed system within and beyond Europe will be major objectives. Your research will be disseminated through innovations and publications. The research outcomes should thus reach different stakeholders in industry as well as academia.

You have a technical/scientific education at PhD level with international recognition within the research field and at least 10 years’ experience after the PhD graduation. You can combine a high research level and publication activity with promotion of external cooperation and exploitation of research results in interaction with industry.

You have a solid knowledge about and experimental experience with detector physics and electronics as well as with data analysis and techniques.

You have an extensive national and international research network, including active contacts to detector material providers and electronic foundries.

You are expected to take a leading role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels with special attention to the program “Earth and Space Physics and Engineering”, at a high level and to be inspirational to students and colleagues. For international candidates, DTU can provide Danish language courses enabling the candidates to teach in Danish within 2-3 years.

DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time are expected to master both.

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

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. 

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Head of Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics Allan Hornstrup, tel.: +45 4525 9722.

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Application procedure 
Please submit your online application no later than 9 July 2023 (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 .

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.

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