PhD projects in Physics
DTU Physics

PhD projects

DTU Physics

Apply no later than 29 April 2019

DTU Physics invites you to apply for a PhD project.

We are looking for highly motivated and skilled candidates to apply for a number of vacant PhD positions. The subject of your PhD project must be within one of the main research areas of the department: 

  • Experimental surface physics and catalysis

  • Catalysis theory (New strategic activity)

  • Computational atomic-scale materials design

  • Neutrons and x-rays for materials physics

  • Quantum physics and information technology

  • Biophysics and fluids

  • Plasma physics and fusion energy

  • Nanoscale materials and devices (New activity transferred from DTU Nanotech)

The Department of Physics is focusing on research and teaching in physics areas of fundamental interest and with clear application and innovation potentials. We embrace both projects that are curiosity driven and projects that are closely related to grand challenges in society.

We encourage collaboration, for example with the common goal of establishing sustainable energy solutions. We also focus on developing the next generation of functional materials, inducing catalysts and two-dimensional materials, and we are expert users at a number of large-scale research facilities including synchrotrons and neutron sources. We work to develop quantum technology and on harvesting synergy between physics and life-science areas.

We embrace internationally leading research environments at the department and we prioritize strong cross-disciplinary collaborations within DTU, with leading international universities and facilities, and with private companies. DTU Physics has the main responsibility for the Physics and Nanotechnology education and for the introductory physics course for most of DTU’s students.

The position, which involves a limited teaching obligation, includes salary and travel grants covering the three years it takes to obtain a PhD degree at a Danish university. Salary level is approximately 46.000 Euro incl. pension per year.

You should have a master degree in physics or a similar relevant degree with an academic level equivalent to the master degree in engineering. Flexibility, self-discipline and curiosity as well as collaboration and responsibility are basic skills at our department.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs of DTU – in this case in the Physics, Mathematics and Informatics program. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide. 

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 salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. The starting date is flexible, but can be no later than second half of 2019.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information
Please state in the application which research areas you are interested in, including your preference for supervisor at the Department. We strongly advise you to contact the potential supervisor(s) before applying: 

Further information can be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen, tel.: +45 4525 3222, email:  

You can read more about DTU Physics on

Please submit your online application no later than 29 April 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for” please specify the relevant research area(s) for your application (max. 2) - see list above.

The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma

  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here – in the right hand column)

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

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies. 

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