PhD projects in Physics

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DTU Physics invites you to apply for a PhD project starting in 2020.

We are looking for highly motivated and skilled candidates to apply for a number of vacant PhD positions. The subject of your PhD project must be within one of the main research areas of the department:

The Department of Physics is focused on research and teaching in physics areas of fundamental interest and with clear application and innovation potentials. We welcome both projects that are curiosity driven and projects that are closely related to solving grand challenges in society, and we encourage collaboration to foster new ideas and solutions.

We have internationally leading research environments and centers, and we prioritize strong cross-disciplinary collaborations within DTU, with leading international universities and facilities, and with private companies. DTU Physics has the main responsibility for the Physics and Nanotechnology education and for the introductory physics course for the majority of DTU’s students. The PhD position, which involves a limited teaching obligation, includes salary and travel grants covering the three years it takes to obtain a PhD degree at a Danish university. Salary level is approximately 46.000 Euro incl. pension per year.

You should have a master degree in physics or a similar relevant degree with an academic level equivalent to the master degree in engineering. Flexibility, self-discipline, and curiosity as well as collaboration and responsibility are basic skills at our department.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs of DTU – in this case in the Physics, Mathematics and Informatics program. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

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. The starting date should be during 2020.

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career paths at DTU here .

Mandatory in your application
Before applying, you must make contact with one or several potential supervisors at DTU Physics within the research area of your interest, and you must elaborate on this in your application. We emphasize this dialogue in order to strengthen your application and the fit into our research strengths. The supervisor must be Professor, Associate professor or Senior Scientist, and a list can be found via this link or via the links to the research sections listed above.

Please note that you must combine all relevant documents to one single PDF file before submitting.

Further information can be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen, tel.: +45 4525 3222, email: .

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Please submit your online application no later than 2 January 2020 (local time)Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file containing all materials to be considered. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in a single 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 – in the right hand column)

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree, but cannot begin, before having received it.

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.  

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