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PhD scholarship in Diamond Sensing and Optical Manipulation
DTU Health Tech
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We invite applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in Diamond Sensing and
Optical Manipulation, starting as soon as possible and to work in the Section
for Magnetic Resonance at DTU Health Tech.
The research is interdisciplinary and part of a 7-year research project
“Intracellular mechanics and diamond based sensing” funded by the Danish
Research Councils and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. A collaboration between
researchers at DTU Health Technology and DTU Physics as well as international
partners provides the scientific environment. The overall vision of the
project is to develop methods that can monitor intracellular life: We will use
the quantum mechanical properties of defects in nanodiamonds to develop
sensing modalities that can monitor intracellular temperature and ultimately
as basis for intra- and extracellular NMR. At the same time, we will use the
nanodiamonds as probe particles for optical trapping and thereby measure
intracellular viscosity and elasticity. Further, we aim to investigate single
cells, initially from the immune system, using these nanodiamond sensors.
Responsibilities and tasks
In your PhD project, you will develop and explore sensing protocols for
optically trapped nanodiamonds to conduct magnetic resonance sensing in a
microfluidic setting and contribute to efforts by other team members on
measurements of intracellular mechanical properties and local temperature
inside single biological cells. Your research will be instrumental for our
future ability to conduct in-situ, local NMR spectroscopy inside such single
These contributions require a combination of interests and skills, ranging
from microscopy and microfluidics, optics, data analysis and computer control
of an experimental setup to theoretical modelling. Depending on your prior
experience and training needs, we will sharpen your skills and provide you
with opportunities to develop as a scientist. You will contribute with
solutions and suggestions that can bring the entire research team closer to
the overall goals of the project.
As part of your project, you will spend time with one or several of our
international collaborators, who are frontrunners in diamond sensing and
diamond materials or in diamond sensing with cells.
You are ambitious; possess a strong internal drive and perseverance as well as
a sincere interest in interdisciplinary science. You have demonstrated
academic excellence and/or remarkable scientific achievements. You know how to
“make things work” and you work well both in a group with other team members
as well as on your own.
You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar
degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.
The ideal candidate has
Experience with optics and optical experimental setups
Experience with programming (python or other relevant software) for
hardware control and/or numerical modelling.
Scientific curiosity and ambition to investigate unexplored ground.
Sincere interest in interdisciplinary work and a “can-do” attitude.
We imagine you have an MSc degree in physics, biophysics, optics, nanoscience,
biomedical engineering, or similar – preferably with training involving
fluidics and biological systems.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the
candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For
information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the
PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence
of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a
rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for
academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and
academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and appointment terms
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. The period of employment is 3 years.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
Further information may be obtained from Kirstine Berg-Sørensen, tel.: +45
You can read more about the DTU Health Tech at www. healthtech.dtu.dk/english.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in
Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 January
2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file
containing all materials to be given consideration. 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. The file must include:
A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see
guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin
before having received it.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on
technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector
is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced
technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies
to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and
create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and
biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to
biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 210
persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of
about 160 persons, of which a large majority contributes to our research
infrastructure and related commercial activities.
Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and
study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the
global challenges formulated in the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and
create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision
lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an
international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working
environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we
collaborate with the best universities around the world.