PhD scholarship in Diamond Sensing and Optical Manipulation

Technical University of Denmark


January 31, 2022


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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 cells.

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.

Qualifications 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.

    We offer 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 Further information may be obtained from Kirstine Berg-Sørensen, tel.: +45 2227 5868.

    You can read more about the DTU Health Tech at www.

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

    Applicationprocedure 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.

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