PhD position: Physics – DTU – Denmark

Study in:Denmark
Deadline: 1 February 2018

PhD position: Developing Computational Methods to describe Light-Matter Interactions in Low-Dimensional Materials for Opto-Electronics

We invite highly motivated and skilled candidates to apply for this vacant PhD position. The successful candidate will work on the development and application of novel ab-initio based methods for describing light-matter interactions at the atomic scale. The goal of the first part of the project is to develop methods that can identify and quantify the recombination mechanisms leading to losses in all opto-electronic devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, and plasmonics. In the second phase of the project, the developed methods will be integrated into existing materials characterization workflows and used for high-throughput computation with the aim of discovering novel materials for opto-electronics. The project will focus on two-dimensional materials and heterostructures, but conventional bulk materials will also be considered.

The work will be carried out within the Center for Nanostructured Graphene (CNG) at DTU (, which covers all aspects of research on 2D materials from materials synthesis over characterization to theory at various levels. The project will mainly apply Density Functional Theory and Many-Body Perturbation Theory as implemented in the GPAW software package (

The position is well integrated into other theoretical and experimental activities within CNG and the computational activities at the Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) (

CNG and CAMD offer an international, social, and strong scientific environment at the Department of Physics, DTU, which is located in the northern Copenhagen area. Substantial computational resources are available through the DTU-supercomputer facility Niflheim (

The successful candidate will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Masters degrees. He/she should be well-motivated, hardworking, and willing and able to work as part of a team.

Previous experience with electronic structure calculations and/or many-body theory is preferable as is some programming experience and/or a flair for working with computational methods.

Candidates for the PhD position should have a Masters’ degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science by the time they commence the project.

Approval and Enrollment of PhD Students
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled at the Physics PhD School at DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Kristian S. Thygesen.

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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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/year incl. pension.

The position is available immediately, but the starting date can be as late as August 2018.

We offer (DTU)
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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Further information
For further information about the research at CNG and CAMD please visit and

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professors Kristian S. Thygesen,

Please submit your online application no later than 1 February 2018 (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. 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)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, 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 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 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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Apply no later than 1 February 2018
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