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PhD scholarship in Quantum Photonics of 2D Materials
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Vibeke Hempler
PhD scholarship in Quantum Photonics of 2D Materials
Research in two-dimensional materials such as graphene and combinations of them has lead to many
new insights in recent years, with applications including wearable electronics and sensors for medical and
other purposes. Also, there is ongoing research into novel energy-efficient optoelectronic devices based
on the high tunability of graphene and novel single-photon light sources in 2D materials.
A three-year experimental PhD position is available in the Structured Electromagnetic Materials group at
the Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. The research project is
funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The group is part of two Excellence Centers, the
Centre of Excellence in Nanostructured Graphene (CNG) and The Center for Nanophotonics
(NanoPhoton). The PhD student will also have the opportunity to spend a few months at a foreign
research partner as an external stay.
Two well-known quantum light sources in bulk materials are defects centers and quantum dots, with
numerous sensing, lighting, and laser applications. It was discovered in the past few years that the
analogous two types of quantum light sources also exist in 2D materials, and their science and
applications are only beginning to be explored. For this project we invite talented and enthusiastic young
researchers to consider working with us on various types of quantum emitters that can be found or
created inside 2D materials. We want to find new ways to generate these single-photon sources and to
understand and manipulate their properties (see also our upcoming article in Science Advances).
Quantum emitters in 2D materials may become important for quantum information technologies and as
new light sources on the nanoscale. The research project of the PhD student involves a combination of
sample fabrication, optical experiments, simulation, and collaboration with theorists working on the same
topic. Our state-of-the-art experimental facilities include far- and near-field optical microscopes as well as
access to unique electron microscopes equipped with electron energy loss spectroscopy (see our ACS Photonics and Nature Commun). We have access to one of the largest academic cleanroom facility
available in northern Europe at DTU Nanolab.
You should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in Engineering/Physics or a similar
degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in Engineering/Physics. Priority will be
given to students with experience in experimental nanophotonics and/or quantum optics. We also
welcome applications from students who have demonstrated excellent academic performance in adjacent
We look for talented and highly motivated people who fit into our research group, who take responsibility
for their own project, have a collaborative mind-set, and communicate well.
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 of DTU. For information about the general requirements for
enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
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. Starting date is as soon as possible in the Spring of 2021.
More information about the Structured Electromagnetic Materials research group can be found here, and
you can read more about the Department of Photonics Engineering on www.fotonik.dtu.dk.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at
DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Please submit your online application no later than 15 January 2021 (Danish time). Apply online at
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)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and grade
conversion spreadsheet here )
Publication list (optional)
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.
The Department of Photonics Engineering has 210 employees with competences in optics and is one of
the largest centers in the world based solely on research in photonics. Research is performed within
optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high-speed optical transmission systems, biophotonics,
nano-optics and quantum photonics.
Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are
helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable
Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and
create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000
students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving,
and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we
have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.