[NOBUGS] Ph.D. students and/or post docs for instrument simulation for the ESS

Peter Willendrup pkwi at risoe.dtu.dk
Thu Aug 5 06:53:53 BST 2010

Ph.D. students and/or post docs for instrument simulation for the ESS

In connection with the design update of the planned neutron facility: the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, we seek two talented young scientists to perform simulations and optimisations of possible instruments to be built at ESS.


Employer and location:

The two persons will be employed at the Technical University of Denmark and at the University of Copenhagen, respectively. However, both will be associated with the ESS project.


The group:

Both persons will work together in the ESS simulation group, counting around 10 persons. This group will be a part of / collaborate with the 60-person ESS Data Management Center, which is presently under construction in Copenhagen.


Job description:

You will design neutron scattering instruments for ESS using the tools developed in the McStas simulation package. This work will be carried out in collaboration with instrument experts located both in Lund and around the world. For the judgement of the instrument performance, you will perform virtual experiments on samples typical for the particular instrument. In this connection, you will take part in the development of the tools and algorithms to correctly describe neutron scattering samples.



You must have a suitable university degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D., respectively) within Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or equivalent. You should have good computing skills, have a good sense of data quality, and be able to work within a team. Furthermore, you should have a good understanding of modeling of physical properties. Specific experience within X-ray and neutron scattering is considered an advantage, but is not required.


Terms of employment:

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students or post docs.

The Ph.D. position(s) is a fixed-term 3 year employment. The post doc position(s) will be a 2-year contract with a possibility for extension, given sufficient funds.


Both University of Copenhagen and DTU wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Applications should be submitted by email to lefmann at fys.ku.dk or pkwi at risoe.dtu.dk by August 27th 2010 and should include:

·       A statement of research interests and motivation

·       Transcript of examinations undertaken at your home university (for Ph.D. candidates).

·       Master degree / Ph.D. degree certificate (if not available, then include proof of expected date for obtaining such degree in the CV).

·       CV (max. 3 pages)

·       Please mention 2 contact references in the CV.



Prof. Kim Lefmann, Niels Bohr Institute, Univ. Copenhagen, lefmann at fys.ku.dk phone +45 29250476

Senior Development Engineer Peter Willendrup, Risø DTU, pkwi at risoe.dtu.dk phone +45 21254612

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