PhD position Chemistry, Physics, Material science, Electrical engineering

    PhD position Chemistry, Physics, Material science, Electrical engineering

    PhD position Chemistry, Physics, Material science, Electrical engineering – in “Development of bio-inspired organic nanoparticles for organic solar cells”, Mads Clausen Institute, NanoSYD, OPV Group, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 02, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)One
    Research Area– Chemistry
    – Physics
    – Material science
    – Electrical engineering
    Scholarship25124.72 / Month
    WorkplaceMads Clausen Institute
    University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
    Contract Period3 Years


    Candidates who have a previous master’s degree in a field relevant to the mentioned PhD-project may seek the fellowships (chemistry, physics, material science, electrical engineering and similar)


    Preferred candidates have experience with some of the following: nanoparticle synthesis, colloidal chemistry, organic semiconductors, polymer additives, antioxidants, photooxidation characterization techniques (e.g. Fourier Transform IR spectroscopy, transient electrical measurements such as CELIV, electron spin resonance spectroscopy, transient spectroscopy, synchrotron-based measurements) and/or photovoltaic device physics. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the work, the candidate is expected to have excellent collaboration skills. A very good capability of communicating scientific results in English, both orally and in writing is required


    The PhD project is part of the Independent Research Fund Denmark project “Artplast – Artificial Chloroplasts: Nature-inspired electronic molecular nanoparticle platform for energy applications”, which is conducted in collaboration with Aarhus University, Skoltech Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and University of Oxford. The main goal of the project is to develop stable, efficient organic semiconductor based nanoparticles for use as active layers of organic solar cells and photocatalysts for hydrogen production, by mimicking the energy converting and self-healing mechanism in a leaf. We will develop an artificial chloroplast using organic semiconductor based nanoparticles. By testing and controlling the fundamental photophysical and photochemical properties, we will identify the morphology vs. electrical properties relations in these materials, and use it to tailor highly efficient material systems.

    The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research studies. As a PhD student you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate scientific results in English. We offer a fully funded PhD position for the duration of three years. 

    How to Apply?

    • To apply please click the “Apply Online” mentioned above
    •  How to apply before applying.

    Documents Required

    The application must be in English and must include the following

    • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants. Find the form at the Faculty website.
    • Motivation letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. 2 pages). Upload in the field called “Project description”. 
    • Detailed Curriculum Vitae, including personal contact information, describing research, publications (if any), along with any other relevant information, e.g. teaching experience, computational skills etc.
    • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master’s diploma and transcripts of exams, both original and translated into English.
    • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Find the form at the Faculty website. Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”. 
    • An official document describing the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish). Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”. 
    • An official and verified written assessment of the thesis or dissertation project from the grade giving institution, if the thesis/examination project is evaluated by approved/passed. The statement must clearly state that the candidate has been among the top 30 pct. in the graduation class for the study programme.
    • Three names and emails of researcher, who can provide an informed reference letter at short notice.
    • Reference letters may also be included. You’re welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.

    Workplace description / Research environment 

    We are an international research group working in the field of green energy technologies (SDU NanoSYD OPV Group), and we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join our research team at University of Southern Denmark (SDU), campus Sønderborg, in development of materials systems for organic photocatalysis and photovoltaics. We offer a modern, inclusive, international and interdisciplinary working environment with state-of-the-art facilities as well as a strong tradition of international collaboration. Our ambition is, to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development.

    Having a focus on green energy technologies – improving performance, device stability and up-scaling, the group has full access to an ISOS5 cleanroom and surface science laboratory facility for the preparation and characterization, as well as a roll-to-roll facility for upscaling flexible devices. The research group is a partner in various national and international research projects and networks that include collaboration partners from both academia and industry. 

    This project will run as a part of a larger new activity on bio-inspired systems for organic energy technologies, sponsored by Carlsberg Young Researcher Fellowship. 


    International applicants will be offered Danish language training as part of the employment. International Staff Office (ISO) at SDU provides a variety of services for new employees, guests and people who consider applying for a job at the University of Southern Denmark. Among other things, the staff answers questions concerning salarytaxation and housing. For further information on what it is like working at SDU, please read “10 good reasons why you should choose SDU”. Additional information about working in Denmark can be found at Work in Denmark.


    Associate Professor Vida Engmann

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    PhD position in “Development of bio-inspired organic nanoparticles for organic solar cells”

    Post expires at 8:59am on Monday May 3rd, 2021 (GMT+9)