[NOBUGS] PhD position in 3D neutron diffraction (3DND) methodology

Peter Kjær Willendrup pkwi at fysik.dtu.dk
Fri Aug 31 08:49:25 BST 2012

PhD position in 3D neutron diffraction (3DND) methodology

(Available online at http://www.job.dtu.dk/English.aspx?guid=cba4e43a-4d1e-4355-a79c-a19125e123dc)

The Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark invites in collaboration with the European Spallation Source applications for a PhD position in 3D neutron diffraction methodology. The starting date will be January 1st 2013.

The newly established section Neutrons and X-rays for Materials Physics (NEXMAP) at the Department of Physics focuses on gaining knowledge on fundamental properties of materials through scattering experiments conducted at Large Scale Neutron and X-ray facilities around the world, e.g. the European Spallation Source (ESS), the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source (PSI), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the European X-ray Laser Project (E-XFEL) to name a few. Development of instruments, software for virtual experiments and novel data analysis methods play a key role in this effort.

ESS will be the brightest source of neutrons in the world for scientific research. Located in Lund, Sweden, and co-hosted by both Sweden and Denmark ESS is funded and operated by 17 European countries. The construction is to start in 2013 and it is planned to become operational in 2019. The unique capabilities of the ESS will lead to world leading experimental stations, and will set new standards for e.g. dynamic neutron imaging studies of relevance to a wide range of scientific areas.

The PhD Project
The project will focus on developing a new 3D neutron diffraction technique (3DND) for characterization of the individual structural and magnetic domains in materials such as metals, ceramics, semiconductors and geological materials. The local, microscopic phenomena in these materials have strong influence on the macroscopic behavior, such as conducting paths, magnetization behaviors, ductility, crack propagation and growth. Consequently, the 3DND methodology will lead to a better understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of geological and modern industrial materials.

The contents of this project are very versatile, including: virtual experiments (simulations), development of a new software platform for 3DND, conducting experiments at beamlines at various neutron facilities, data analysis and interpretation of data.

The successful candidate will be based at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, close to Copenhagen, with frequent travel abroad to Neutron facilities.


• The applicant should have a strong computational background with experience in programming in python/C++/C programming languages.
• Familiar with working on UNIX platforms.
• MSc degree in Engineering Science, Physics or Chemistry, with a solid background in mathematics.
• Prior knowledge in crystallography is an asset but not required.
• Able to work independently and to plan and carry out complicated tasks, while also being part of a dynamic group.
• Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from senior researcher Søren Schmidt, tel.: +45 2132 9305, ssch at fysik.dtu.dk<mailto:ssch at fysik.dtu.dk>.

We must have your online application by 7 October 2012. See http://www.job.dtu.dk/English.aspx?guid=cba4e43a-4d1e-4355-a79c-a19125e123dc

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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)
Please DO NOT include reprints of already published papers in your application.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Peter Kjær Willendrup
Development engineer

DTU Physics

Technical University of Denmark

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Department of Physics

Building 307

DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby

Direct +45 2125 4612

Mobil +45 2125 4612
Fax +45 4593 2399

pkwi at fysik.dtu.dk<mailto:pkwi at fysik.dtu.dk>

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