PhD position in Quantum Magnetometry

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Technical University of Denmark, DTU Physics
19 October, 2014


DTU Physics
Kongens Lyngby 2800
55° 47' 6.8136" N, 12° 30' 50.6196" E

The Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) currently has one open 3-year PhD position within the field of solid state quantum magnetometry.

The position is part of a new collaborative project on quantum magnetometry that involves partners at DTU-Electro, Ulm University, Leipzig University, Hvidovre hospital and Uni-sensor. It is sponsored by the Danish Strategic Research Council by 14MKr. The aim of the project is to exploit the unique properties of color centers in diamond crystals to develop new innovative magnetic field sensors (magnetometers) with unprecedented sensitivity and/or extraordinary high spatial resolution.

The candidate will be working on improving the sensitivity of diamond based magnetometers by developing new protocols for extending the spin coherence time of the color centers and by enhancing the coupling of the spins to a single photonic mode. The performance of the developed magnetometer will be applied in unique applications, e.g. to measure ferromagnetic structures and biological samples. The project involves the fields of experimental spintronics, nano/micro-photonics and quantum optics. As a part of the program, the candidate will conduct a longer research stay at Ulm University.

The successful candidate will start as soon as possible and join a young, dynamic and international research group with a strong vision. The research program includes quantum photonics, micro-photonics, quantum plasmonics, opto-mechanics, solid state optics and spintronics. More information can be found on the group’s homepage:


  • Master degree within optics/photonics, physics or engineering or  a similar degree with an equivalent academic level.
  • Background in quantum optics or spintronics is an advantage.
  • Hands-on experience with setting up optical experiments is an advantage.
  • Good communication skills in English – written and spoken.
  • Ability to work independently, and to be a part of a dynamical group.

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.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Assistant Professor Alexander Huck and Professor Ulrik L. Andersen.

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.

Further information
Further information about the project may be obtained from Assistant Professor Alexander Huck, alexander [dot] huck [at] fysik [dot] dtu [dot] dk or Professor Ulrik L. Andersen ulrik [dot] andersen [at] fysik [dot] dtu [dot] dk.

Please submit your online application via the DTU website no later than October 19, 2014. 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
  • BSc/MSc diploma with grade transcripts
  • If applicable: 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.

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