PhD Scholarship in Shaping the Future of Nanophotonic Systems

Updated: 25 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 06 Oct 2020

The Topology Optimization group ( ) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year PhD position starting fall 2020 within the field of inverse design and topology optimization. The PhD-project is part of a collaboration with DTU Fotonik, through the newly established research centre NanoPhoton – Centre for Nanophotonics – which is dedicated to exploring new possibilities for Extreme Dielectric Confinement (EDC) of light in semiconductors to length scales much smaller than the diffraction limit. 

This ambitious PhD project is concerned with development and applications of mathematical tools for inverse design by topology optimization. The goal is to design new and optimized geometries for enhanced light-matter interaction in nanophotonic devices for chipscale information technology. To this end, the PhD student will develop and implement efficient optimization methods for combined shape and topology optimization running on parallel computing platforms. An important part of the work involves development of the central design goals in close collaboration with other members of the NanoPhoton research centre. 

Responsibilities and tasks  

As a PhD student, you will be working extensively on development and implementation of numerical methods for simulation and optimization of nano-photonic systems using Maxwell’s equations. Therefore, candidates should have documented experience in at least one and preferably several of the following areas: computational physics, computational mechanics; finite element methods; numerical optimization techniques; shape and /or topology optimization methods. In addition, we envision that  

  • You have an open mind and can think creatively in a mathematical, physical, and programming contexts
  • You are eager to develop new research results, come up with new ideas, and test them by implementation. 
  • Your research will include extending and contributing to the development of our in-house parallel computing framework based on PETSc and the c++ computing language as well as working in commercial FEM platforms, such as COMSOL Multiphysics 
  • You have interest in inverse design and topology optimization of multi-physics problems and are committed to improve the state-of-the-art   


Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree within the field of Mechanical Engineering, Photonics Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Numerical Methods or Computational Physics. Excellent written and spoken English skills are mandatory.  


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Application deadline: 6 October 2020  

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