PhD scholarship in the Design, Characterization and Implementation of Adaptive Phase Plates for Electron Optics – DTU Electro

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If you aim at scientific excellence and want to establish a career as a scientist within the fields of electron optics and nanotechnology, then we have the ideal opportunity for you! Join us and be a part of the new “ADaptive optics for ELEctron beams (ADELE)” project supported by the Danish Research Counsel (Project DFF-2).

The main objective of ADELE is to implement adaptive optics ideas from light optics and metasurfaces for electron beams by developing reconfigurable phase plates (PPs). These are devices that we can use to control precisely the phase of the electron beam, which is crucial to the advancement of electron imaging, spectroscopy techniques and nanofabrication. Inspired by the well-established field of light optics, adaptive optics in the context of this project means real-time beam-shaping of the electron beam used as a probe in transmission electron microscopy.

Your PhD project will be an integral part of developing a tunable phase plate that can adapt its electron-optical functionality to match a given set of sample and experimental conditions. This will optimize the performance of the microscope thereby enhancing our ability to extract quantitative physical information from the data. Your primary tasks will be to design, optimize and characterize the adaptive optics devices. You will work in close cooperation of the Metamaterials group of the DTU Department of Electric and Photonics Engineering (DTU Electro) and DTU Nanolab for their fabrication and characterization.

You will be based in the Metamaterials group headed by Associate Professor Andrei Lavrinenko, who will be your main supervisor, but you will also closely interact with DTU Nanolab, working with Associate Professor Ada-Ioana Bunea and Affiliated Associate Professor Marco Beleggia, who will be your co-supervisors. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your primary responsibility will be to design phase plates for electron beams capable of tuning the beam characteristics under external applied voltage. The design stage will proceed in three steps: 1) simulation of the electric field produced by a designed configuration, 2) calculation of the effects of this field on an electron beam passing through the device, 3) optimization of the design using the feedback from characterization. After the fabrication of samples (this is the main task of the 2nd PhD position in ADELE, which will be carried out primarily at DTU Nanolab), your task will be to assess the devices performance once implemented into a transmission electron microscopy setup. Therefore, qualified prerequisites for this position are 1) expertise in analytical/numerical modelling of electromagnetic fields in classical and electron optics, 2) knowledge of electron-matter interactions, and 3) (optionally) practical experience with Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy.

You must 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. 

Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU's rules for the PhD education . 

The application will be assessed by Associate Professor Andrei Lavrinenko, Affiliated Associate Professor Marco Beleggia and Associate Prof. Ada-Ioana Bunea.  

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 tentative starting date is the 1 May 2024 (may be earlier).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Andrei Lavrinenko, [email protected] , telephone +45 4525 6392 or Associate Professor Marco Beleggia [email protected] , telephone +39 351 531 3825.

You can read more about DTU Electro (an obsolescent name is DTU Fotonik) at  and 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 . Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar ” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU. 

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than the 31 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

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

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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DTU Electro has 330 employees with competences in optics, acoustics and electronics and is one of the largest centers in the world in research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

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