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PhD Scholarships in Nanoscience – Aarhus, Denmark 2022

Aarhus University (AU), Denmark

Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) hires PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark 2022

Title:Passive and responsive plasmonic materials for building solar-thermal management

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General Info

Position: PhD
Fellowship/Scholarship: Natural Sciences - Aarhus University GSNS PhD Scholarships
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: May, 2022
Contract Period: -

Graduate School of Natural Sciences
Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO)
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus C, Denmark

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Qualification Details

Successful applicants to the PhD position must either have a relevant Master’s degree in Nanoscience, Chemistry or Physics, or equivalent or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Nanoscience, Chemistry or Physics and be expecting to have completed around 12 months of a 2 years master’s degree relevant for admittance as a 4+4 PhD student. Competences in materials fabrication will be an advantage but not obligatory.

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: -
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Before you apply, please read the application guide thoroughly. You can find the guide here.How to apply:

1)      Find the application form:Go to - Note, the online application system opens on 1 December 2021.Choose February 2022 Call with deadline 1 February 2022 at midnight (23.59 CET).You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme “Nanoscience”.

2)      Fill in the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Academic background
  • Admission
  • Financing (if any): Please choose AU funds
  • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: “Passive and responsive plasmonic materials for building solar-thermal management (Prpmbs)”
  • Source (how you found out about the call)

Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

3)      Application attachments:Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.

As a minimum, all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, and no zip):

  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Motivation (max. 1 page)
  • One reference (template for references)
  • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
  • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
  • Documentation of language skills if required.

After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

About the Natural Sciences - Aarhus University GSNS PhD Scholarships

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About the Project

The PhD project aims to design and test use plasmonic metamaterials for use as nano-optical structures  surface coatings of window glass to control solar thermal energy entry into buildings.

Solar photons can provide lighting and heating solutions for buildings, reducing the climate impact of buildings, however overheating during midday sun is challenging, often leading to energy use on air-conditioning/building cooling. As part of the shift to climate appropriate technologies (green transition), this PhD project will design novel materials based on plasmonic metamaterials to enable window materials to react to solar conditions and dynamically block solar thermal entry when needed and without the need for user energy input.

In our group we have studied basic plasmonic concepts and developed plasmonic materials for optics, bio and chemical sensors and as energy materials. This applied plasmonics project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) as part of the green transitions programme and will be carried out in collaboration with the Danish window manufacturer Velux.

The research approach will be to combine cleanroom-based fabrication with electrodynamic simulations to drive the design and demonstration of a new form of dynamic plasmonic metamaterial. The project will apply advanced concepts in solid-state and optical physics, surface chemistry and energy materials.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

The graduate school reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

  • Request additional information to verify an application.
  • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
  • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSNS Application Guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • The project will only be initiated if final funding (from the graduate school/the faculty) is secured.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

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Contact details

Applicants seeking further information for this project are invited to contact:Professor Duncan Sutherland, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO)Aarhus UniversityGustav Wieds Vej 14, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Mobil tlf.: +45 23385789, E-mail:

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