PhD scholarship in the Discovery of Colour Centres for Magnetic Resonance Applications at DTU Physics

Feb 19, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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Are you excited to discover new quantum defects in low-dimensional materials? Would you like to explore their fundamental properties and apply these defects in emerging quantum technologies such as magnetic resonance or communication?

The section for quantum physics and information technology (QPIT) at the Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Physics) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD position within experimental quantum physics on the discovery of optically active quantum point defects in solid-state materials – so called color centers. This PhD project will be part of the recently established BIO-MAG program, an interdisciplinary collaborative effort bringing together expertise in theoretical and experimental materials synthesis and processing, electronic and optical characterization and application in neuro-science. The scope of the project builds up on our recent results on exploring the properties of quantum defects [e.g. Boll et al., Opt. Express 28, 7475-7487 (2020) and Giri et al., arXiv:2208.14154 (2022)] and for application in sensing induced magnetic fields of muscle or brain [e.g. Webb et al., Sci. Rep.11, 2412 (2021) and Hansen et al., arXiv:2208.14068 (2022)].As successful candidate, you will be enrolled within the BIO-MAG program in the QPIT section of DTU Physics and explore the optical properties of quantum defects in low-dimensional materials. The particular focus will be on defects with magneto-optical coupling suitable for the ultra-sensitive detection of magnetic fields at the nano-scale. Other applications within quantum communication, sensing and computing can also be explored if relevant. You will work in a state-of-the-art optical laboratory, applying techniques including photo-luminescence imaging, optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The candidate will collaborate closely with the groups of Prof. K. S. Thygesen on theoretical materials and defect design and Assoc. Prof. T. Booth on material synthesis and defect engineering.

Responsibilities and qualifications Your overall focus will be to strengthen our research in the optical investigation of quantum defects in low-dimensional materials. You will be responsible for operating an optical setup with capability for spectroscopy, single photon and magnetic resonance detection.  Sample processing will be done together with local and international collaborators.

You have obtained excellent grades in your Bachelor/Master education, you have a background in experimental physics, and you are curios to discover new physics. Ideally, you have experience in optics, spectroscopy and electronics. You preferable have training in programming, for example in Python for hardware control and data analysis. You are highly motivated for conducting research, you are willing to work in a team and you have a ‘can do’ attitude. Good communication skills in both spoken and written English are a requirement. You are expected to teach and supervise BSc and MSc students.

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 assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Alexander Huck and section and centre leader Professor Ulrik L. Andersen.

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Alexander Huck, can read more about the QPIT section at DTU Physics 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 19 February 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 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
  • At least two references for the inquiry of recommendation letters

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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