DTU PhD scholarship in Physics, Material science, Denmark

    DTU PhD scholarship in Physics, Material science, Denmark

    Physics, Material science – PhD scholarship in Itinerant Magnetism in 2D Materials, at the section for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD), department of physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

    Deadline to Apply

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


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Physics
    – Materials science
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceSection for Computational Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD)
    Department of physics
    Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateAug 01, 2021


    Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in physics, materials science or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.


    The candidate should have a strong background in solid-state physics or materials science. Experience with Python, first principles computer simulations, and Density Functional Theory will be an advantage, but is not a requirement. In addition, the candidate must have excellent communications skills in English


    The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a first principles framework for understanding the fundamental properties of itinerant magnetism in 2D. Magnetic order in 2D relies crucially in spin-orbit coupling, which needs to be included at various levels in the theory. The topic is challenging, but offers a unique chance to delve deep into the rapidly evolving field of 2D magnetism.

    The candidate will work in a group consisting of four faculty members and 20 PhD students and postdocs; all dedicated to research involving first principles simulations. In the course of the project the candidate will acquire expert skills in

    • First principles computer simulations using state-of-the-art electronic structure software
    • Code development
    • Theory of magnetism in general
    • Handling extensive materials databases

    If the above points sound, interesting you may be our new PhD student!

    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 project

    The present PhD project will focus on a first principles treatment of itinerant ferromagnetism is 2D materials. A range of methods will be implemented and applied. For example, exchange constants form the magnetic force theorem, magnon dynamics from Time-dependent density functional theory and dynamical spin fluctuation theory.


    • 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.


    Thomas Olsen
    Email: tolsen@fysik.dtu.dk

    Official advertisement

    PhD scholarship in Itinerant Magnetism in 2D Materials

    Post expires at 8:59am on Wednesday June 2nd, 2021 (GMT+9)