Postdoc in the Discovery of Color Centers for Magnetic Resonance Applications at DTU Physics

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Are you excited to discover new quantum defects in low-dimensional materials? Would you like to explore their fundamental properties and apply these defects in emerging quantum technologies such as magnetic resonance or communication?

The section for quantum physics and information technology (QPIT) at the Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Physics) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a postdoc position within experimental quantum physics on the discovery of optically active quantum point defects in solid-state materials – so called color centers. This postdoc will be part of the recently established BIO-MAG program, an interdisciplinary collaborative effort bringing together expertise in theoretical and experimental materials synthesis and processing, electronic and optical characterization and application in neuro-science. The scope of the project builds up on our recent results on exploring the properties of quantum defects [e.g. Boll et al., Opt. Express 28, 7475-7487 (2020) and Giri et al., arXiv:2208.14154 (2022)] and for application in sensing induced magnetic fields of muscle or brain [e.g. Webb et al., Sci. Rep.11, 2412 (2021) and Hansen et al., arXiv:2208.14068 (2022)].

As successful candidate, you will be enrolled within the BIO-MAG program in the QPIT section of DTU Physics and explore the optical properties of quantum defects in low-dimensional materials. The particular focus will be on defects with magneto-optical coupling suitable for the ultra-sensitive detection of magnetic fields at the nano- to micrometer scale. Other applications within quantum communication, sensing and computing can also be explored if relevant. You will work in a state-of-the-art optical laboratory, applying techniques including photo-luminescence imaging, optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The candidate will collaborate closely with the groups of Prof. K. S. Thygesen on theoretical materials and defect design and Assoc. Prof. T. Booth on material synthesis and defect engineering.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen our research in the optical investigation of quantum defects in low-dimensional materials. You will be responsible for operating an optical setup with state-of-the-art capability for spectroscopy, single photon and magnetic resonance detection.  Sample processing will be done together with local and international collaborators.

The candidate should have a background in experimental physics with a track-record in optics or optical spectroscopy and knowledge in optical properties of solids. Experience in programming, for example in Python for hardware control and data analysis is an advantage. We expect a high level of motivation for conducting research at an internationally competitive level together with a ‘can do’ attitude. Good communication skills in both spoken and written English are a requirement. We also expect the assistance in teaching and co-supervising of BSc and MSc students.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 terms of employment
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 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Alexander Huck,

You can read more about the QPIT section at DTU Physics at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 19 February 2023 (Danish time). Apply online here: Postdoc in the Discovery of Color Centers for Magnetic Resonance Applications.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications
  • At least two references for the inquiry of recommendation letters

Applications 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.

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