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PhD Position in SDU, Denmark – Quantum and Nonlinear Nano-Optics, Extreme Light-Matter Interactions in 2D Materials

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The University of Southern Denmark invites applications for a Ph.D. fellowship within the research areas of quantum and nonlinear nano-optics, condensed-matter physics, quantum optics, nanophotonics the SDU Center for Nano-Optics, Denmark 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: between January and April 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 3.378 EURO/Month

SDU Center for Nano Optics (CNO)
University of Southern Denmark
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Odense M Denmark

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Qualification Details

Applicants for PhD positions must hold a MSc degree in physics, electrical engineering, or similar (equivalent to a Danish master's degree). Candidates should motivate their application in a cover letter. The application should also clearly state if there has been any preliminary contact/discussion with the one of the below contact persons.

The filling of positions is supported by the Sapere Aude program awarded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) to the principal investigator. For more information, see

The assessment process

Read about the Assessment and selection process. Shortlisting may be used.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We seek candidates possessing strong qualifications in theory, with a solid background in condensed-matter physics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, or related areas. The successful candidates will contribute to frontier research in areas where potentially both light and matter exhibit quantum mechanical behavior. Theory projects will benefit from techniques ranging from semiclassical to quantum-field theory, potentially also including time-dependent ab-initio approaches to account for material properties. Material platforms range from noble metals to 2D materials and artificial quantum emitters such as quantum dots and defect centers in nanocrystals.

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Documents Required

The Faculty expects applicants to read the Faculty information for prospective PhD students and the SDU information on How to apply before applying.

The application must be in English and must include the following - the required forms must be found at the Faculty website:

  • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants. Find the form at the Faculty website.
  • Cover letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. 2 pages). Remember to clearly state if there has been any preliminary contact/discussion with the one of the contact persons. Upload in the field called “Project description”.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, describing research, publication and teaching experience, computational skills and including personal contact information.
  • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master's diploma and transcripts of exams, both original and translated into English.
  • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Find the form at the Faculty website. Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”.
  • An official document describing the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish). Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”.
  • An official and verified written assessment of the thesis or dissertation project from the grade giving institution, if the thesis/examination project is evaluated by approved/passed. The statement must clearly state that the candidate has been among the top 30 pct. in the graduation class for the study programme.
  • Candidates about to complete their degree programme, should attach a statement from their supervisors.
  • List of publications and maximum 2 examples of relevant publications, in case you have any publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.
  • References, if any.
  • Reference letters may also be included. You're welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

About the Center

SDU Center for Nano Optics (CNO) is a center of excellence with cutting-edge fundamental research activities in plasmonics and metasurfaces. Within the CNO, Assistant Prof. Joel D. Cox has established a group focusing on quantum and nonlinear nano-optics that theoretically explores nanoscale light-matter interactions at the interface of classical electrodynamics and quantum physics, with extreme spatial confinement of both light fields and matter driving nonlinear optical phenomena in low-dimensional and atomic systems. For more information, please consult recent perspective papers (DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.9b00308 and DOI: 10.1002/adom.201901473).

The CNO has world-class nano optics and quantum optics labs, and access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and novel electron spectroscopy. In addition to local support, the center is backed by prestigious grants from Independent Research Fund Denmark (Sapere Aude grant), the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant), and VILLUM FONDEN (Villum Investigator grant). Prof. Joel D. Cox, along with the CNO PIs Prof. N. Asger Mortensen and Prof. Bozhevolnyi, are also affiliated with the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (, a national elite center at SDU that aims to inspire ground-breaking ideas by bringing together outstanding international researchers working in all disciplines.

The PhD opening concerns a fully funded three-year PhD fellowship.

About the Employer: University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Conditions of Employment

Applicants are required to have a master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master's degree) at the time of enrollment and employment. Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position (start salary amounts to approx. 3.378,- EURO per month incl. supplements).Employment of a PhD fellow can only happen after the Head of the PhD School has approved the candidate for admission to the PhD school. Employment and enrollment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.A PhD fellow is not allowed to have any kind of sideline employment, while enrolled as PhD fellow at the faculty.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Please check links for more information on salary and taxation.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at SDU in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order), read more here.

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Contact details

For more information on possibilities for PhD projects, please contact:

DIAS Assistant Professor & Sapere Aude Research Leader Joel D. Cox (e-mail:,

Professor & Villum Investigator N. Asger Mortensen (email:

If you experience technical problems you must contact

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