Assistant Professor in Optical Terahertz Science and Technology

by:  Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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The Department of Photonics Engineering (DTU Fotonik) opens an entry-level faculty position as Assistant Professor in Optical Terahertz Science and Technology. The Department has a strong track record within this field, based on state-of-the-art experimental facilities including several amplified femtosecond laser systems and a variety of THz time-domain platforms for ultrafast spectroscopy.

Responsibilities and tasks 
The aim is to strengthen experimental exploration of the interaction between ultrafast THz fields and matter, particularly in the directions of strong-field interactions, ultrafast phenomena, nonlinear spectroscopy, and nanoscale physics. The successful candidate will play an active role in the development of ongoing and future research directions within the field, with the aim of development of an independent, world-class research activity. Attraction of external funding is an integrated part of this process, and the candidate is expected to take active part in this.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in research-based teaching curriculum in physics and optics at all levels. Master and Ph.D. courses are taught in English. A significant part of the THz research at DTU Fotonik is carried out in collaboration with industry, and with this position we seek to further strengthen such collaborations, as well as the general exchange of knowledge with society.

The position will include the opportunity for collaboration with several research environments at the department and at DTU in general, including the Center of Excellence for Nanostructured Graphene ( and the Departments of Nano- and Microtechnology, Physics, and Chemistry. The DTU research infrastructure offers state-of-the art cleanroom facilities ( and a unique electron microscope facility in Northern Europe (   

Candidates for an Assistant Professorship must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

Further, the successful candidate will ideally have the additional qualifications: 

  • Strong experience within experimental ultrafast optics
  • Strong motivation for development of new, independent research directions
  • Initial teaching experience
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Experience with effective and safe data management
  • Experience with all aspects of publication of scientific results, including high-level English language skills

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to 

  • experience in teaching
  • scientific production and research potential at an international level
  • the ability to promote and utilize research results
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation

We offer 
DTU offers an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. DTU is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.  

Salary and terms of employment   
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.  

An assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Uhd Jepsen, tel.: +45 4525 5711,

You can read more about the Department of Photonics Engineering on  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 November 2017. 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:  

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Documentation of teaching experience, if any (e.g. in the form of a teaching portfolio)

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 Fotonik has 220 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 a wide range of engineering areas, spanning over biophotonics and nonlinear optics, nanophotonics, telecommunications, novel light sources and optical sensor technology.

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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