Postdoc in Quantum Magnetometry, Denmark (2015)

Postdoc in Experimental Quantum Magnetometry at DTU Physics. DTU Physics is seeking a postdoc for 2 years to work on a project on quantum magnetometry under the program EXMAD – Extreme Sensitive Magnetometry using Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers in Diamond. It aims to measure the magnetic fields of nerve cells at a previously unseen combination of sensitivity and spatial resolution.

It is a collaborative project involving DTU Physics, DTU Biomedical Engineering, Philips BioCell and Ulm University. The position will be hosted in the section for Quantum Physics and Information Technology (QPIT) at DTU Physics.

In QPIT we conduct widely recognized research within a range of diverse topics, such as continuous-variable quantum information processing, quantum enhanced sensing, and engineering of solid state quantum systems.

Project description
Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond allow sensing magnetic fields with very high sensitivity and spatial resolution at room temperature. This opens up fully novel ways of characterizing neural activity based on the generated magnetic field distributions. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team involving physicists, biomedical engineers and neuroscientists to work on implementing a novel measurement method for in-vitro recordings. The main task of the candidate is to develop an experimental platform for two-dimensional mapping of neural activities of a brain with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity using novel measurement techniques and protocols.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will be part of a team dedicated to the design and development of solid state platforms for quantum information processing and quantum sensing.
Some of the tasks involved are

A limited amount of supervision of student projects will also be expected.

The postdoc candidate should have a PhD or equivalent degree in physics or engineering. He or she should be motivated and dedicated to carry out research of highest standards.

A strong background in experimental optics is required, including experience with one or more of the methods involved in the project, such as

  • confocal and/or wide-field microscopy
  • photon counting and spectroscopy
  • radio frequency and microwave electronics
  • Python and/or Labview programming

The candidate should be fluent both in written and spoken English.

We offer

QPIT’s vision is to understand, engineer and control complex quantum systems of light and matter, and to exploit these systems for quantum information processing and quantum metrology.

We are a medium-sized, highly international research group of students and staff with diverse backgrounds. We have a friendly and dynamic research environment with close, daily interaction among all group members and strong collaborations with many academic and industrial partners. Technical support is excellent with electronics and process engineers embedded in the section and a large capacity, skilled mechanical workshop at the Department.

We are situated just north of Copenhagen at the Lyngby campus of DTU, one of the leading technical universities of Northern Europe, where we enjoy newly renovated office and lab space.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The employment of the postdoc will last for up to 2 years, starting as soon as possible.

Further information
The project is funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research and besides DTU Physics involves partners from DTU Elektro, Hvidovre Hospital, Ulm University/Germany, Leipzig University/Germany and the industrial partner Philips BioCell.

For further information refer to, or contact the project and section leader Prof. Ulrik Lund Andersen or Asst. Prof. Alexander Huck at

Learn more about QPIT, the Department of Physics, and DTU at

Application procedure:
Please submit your online application no later than 31 August 2015.

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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

Deadline: 31 August 2015

Apply for the job at DTU Physics by completing the following form.

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