PhD Position in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science

    PhD Position in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science

    PhD scholarship in Atomic-Resolution Electron Microscopy in Catalysis is available at DTU Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

    Deadline to Apply

    June 20, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Physics
    – Chemistry
    – Materials Science
    Scholarship“According to standard norms”
    WorkplaceDTU Physics
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateNot Specified


    • Two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. 
    • We favor candidates with a degree in physics, chemistry or materials science. The candidate should have experience in solid state physics, crystallography and atomic-resolution electron microscopy. Experience in scientific programming, e.g. using Python, is an advantage. 
    • The candidate has obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Master educations, good communication skills in both spoken and written English, and experience in working independently and in teams.


    The assessment of the applications will be made by Associate Professor Christian D. Damsgaard, Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard and Professor Stig Helveg, DTU Physics.


    • You will work quantitatively with atomic-resolution (scanning) transmission electron microscopy ((S)TEM) of single nanoparticles under catalytic reaction conditions.
      The primary tasks will be:
    • Establishing experimental imaging and spectroscopy schemes for retrieving structural, chemical and electronic information about single nanoparticles containing few to thousands of atoms.
    • Advancing protocols for detecting the pristine state of nanoparticles by modulating the electron beams in space and time.
    • Developing combined (S)TEM imaging and spectroscopy capabilities for operando studies of nanoparticles under catalytic reaction condition.
    • You will collaborate with VISION’s five faculty members and a group of PhD students, postdocs and international leading scientists all working at the technological edge of modern electron microscopy for advancing catalysis science. In close interplay with complementary functionality measurements and theoretical modelling, you will contribute to elucidating how single nanoparticles catalyze chemical reactions at the atomic-level.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

    Documents Required

    Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:

    • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

    About the project/department

    The Center for Visualizing Catalytic Processes (VISION) strives at developing and applying a platform for visualizing catalytic nanoparticles and reactions at the atomic-level. VISION combines cutting-edge atomic-resolution electron microscopy, micro-electro-mechanical-systems, nanoparticle synthesis and theoretical modelling to relate the atomic-scale structure, dynamics and functions of single nanoparticles in the thermal catalysis and electrocatalysis needed to tackle the environmental challenge of our time.


    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
    • All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


    Associate Professor Christian D. Damsgaard,
    Associate Professor Jakob Kibsgaard,
    E-mail: jkib@fysik.dtu,dk and
    Professor Stig Helveg,

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    PhD scholarship in Atomic-Resolution Electron Microscopy in Catalysis

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday June 26th, 2021 (GMT+9)

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