Postdoc in optical- and medical physics

Postdoc in optical- and medical physics

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, invites applications for a three-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on optically based three-dimensional dosimetry in radiotherapy. The successful candidate will use her/his strong background in optical physics to contribute to the development of new optical setups for 3D readout of dose distributions and characterization of new materials developed as part of the project.

The position is available from 1 August 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description
The postdoc position is related to a new collaborative project between researchers at the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and Dept. of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The project concerns research into new methods for the experimental verification of 3D distributions of medical radiation doses, for instance in relation to the recently commissioned Danish Center for Particle Therapy (DCPT) at Aarhus University Hospital.

In addition to the current postdoc position, the project will employ five new PhD-students. The postdoc will be involved in co-supervision of the PhD students and expectedly also masters and bachelor students joining the project group.

The dose measurements are based on spatial mapping of so-called optical stimulated luminescence (OSL) from certain transparent materials. The postdoc will be responsible for designing and constructing the 3D optical readout system for OSL (lasers, optics, camera, electronics, motion control, index matching, data acquisition), and for making a vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) light source by harmonic generation. Furthermore, the postdoc will have a coordinating role in the project and contribute to dissemination.

The five PhD students will each be responsible for various subprojects with emphasis on optical/material physics (two positions) and clinical applications (three positions).

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in physics or a related field. She/he must have experience with designing and using advanced optical setups and lasers. The right candidate has good communication skills and enjoys interaction with younger students and other project-group members. A good knowledge of English is a requirement. In addition, she/he has good management skills and an interest in contributing to project coordination. Knowledge of PC-based data-acquisition and control is an advantage (e.g. Labview), as is also knowledge of ultrashort-pulse lasers. Previous demonstration of project coordination, student (co-) supervision and/or outreach activities is also advantageous, but not a requirement.

The department
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a department at Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark. The main objectives of the Department are to carry out research at the highest international level, to offer research-based teaching at Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD levels, and to exchange knowledge with other areas of society, e.g. by offering our expertise to industrial partners and the business world.

The Department is an attractive workplace for researchers, teachers, technicians, laboratory technicians and administrators and has a good study environment with many talented and active students at all levels. The research at the Department of Physics and Astronomy is of high quality, attracts significant international attention – in several fields the Department is within the world elite – and is characterized by many international collaborations with other high-ranking universities and research institutions around the world.
The place of work is Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Ny Munkegade 120, DK-8000 Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information
For further information please contact Professor Peter Balling, +45 8715 5849,

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

Deadline:15 May 2019

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 39,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 884 million. Learn more at

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