PhD scholarship in Experimental physics, Physical chemistry

    PhD scholarship in Experimental physics, Physical chemistry

    Experimental physics, Physical chemistry jobs – PhD scholarship for developing a chronology for the last ~250,000 years at two key sites using luminescence signals from both quartz and feldspar and the latest techniques and instrumentation, at DTU Physics , Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

    Deadline to Apply

    May 01, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD scholarship
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaExperimental physics, Physical chemistry, Archaeology, Geoscience
    ScholarshipAccording to Standard Norms
    WorkplaceDTU Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years


    The successful candidate is expected to have a two-year master’s (120 ECTS points) or equivalent degree in experimental physics or physical chemistry although candidates with a geoscience or archaeology background will also be considered


    • We are looking for a highly motivated candidate who has a broad interest in the application of experimental physics to earth sciences and archaeology
    • Prior experience in luminescence dating and its applications is not necessary but would be an advantage

    Responsibilities/Job Description

    This PhD scholarship is part of an exciting cross-disciplinary project, involving scientists from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Russia and Tajikistan, that will answer questions such as when humans arrived in Central Asia and what environmental and climatic conditions were at the time. The PhD scholarship will likely involve extended stays at one or more of the partner institutions.

    The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for developing a chronology for the last ~250,000 years at two key sites using luminescence signals from both quartz and feldspar and the latest techniques and instrumentation. The PhD student will work under the supervision of Dr Jan-Pieter Buylaert, the project leader, and collaborate closely with PhD students and staff working at other Nordic/Russian/Tajik institutions on chronology, organic and inorganic proxies of past climate and environment and archaeology.

    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

    • 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 Radiation Physics Section (RADPHYS)

    The position will be hosted by the Radiation Physics Section (RADPHYS) at the Department of Physics of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and will be located at DTU’s Risø Campus near Roskilde. RADPHYS carries out fundamental and applied research within the areas of luminescence physics, radiation instruments and neutronics. The programme presently consists of 30 people including Researchers, Technicians and PhD students engaged in research, innovation and education. We are a highly international research group with diverse backgrounds in physics and earth sciences and an active international guest programme. We have a friendly and dynamic research environment with close, daily interaction among all group members and strong collaboration with many academic partners around the world. We are the largest luminescence dating laboratory in the world with unrivalled access to the latest instrumental facilities and engineering and technical support. 


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


    Senior Researcher Jan-Pieter Buylaert

    Senior Researcher Kristina Thomsen

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