PhD scholarship in X-ray optics for Astronomical Space Telescopes

Section for Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics at DTU Space
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The Section for Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics at DTU Space seeks excellent applicants for a PhD position in X-ray physics and astronomical instrumentation.
DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, public sector consultancy, education and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space- & Astro-physics. 

DTU Space has a strong position in observational astrophysics primarily based on space missions and several decades heritage of participation in astrophysical satellites. Current satellites include INTEGRAL, PLANCK, NuSTAR and in the near future we also participate in JWST, EUCLID and ATHENA. 
The section is carrying out research in several fields within space science, including high energy astrophysics. We are e.g. working with ESA to design the telescopes for the ATHENA mission, and the PhD position is central to fulfilling our responsibilities in that context.

Responsibilities and tasks 
The successful candidate is expected to work within the following areas:

  • Scientific research within X-ray optics for space telescopes
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Mirror coating characterization using XRR, AFM, TEM, XPS, etc
  • Optimization and simulation of coating performance
  • Environmental tests
  • Write scientific articles and technical reporting
  • Expected participantion in experiments at syncotron facilities
  • Analysis of astronomical data


Candidates should have a master's degree in physics, engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment 

The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the PhD school at DTU Space. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Scientist Desiree Ferreira and Senior Scientist Finn Christensen.

We offer

We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

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 Scientist Desiree Ferreira, +45 45259762.

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Please submit your online application no later than 30 April  2017

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)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional referees.

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.

DTU Space has about 145 employees, an annual turn-over of about 130 MDKK and it is located at the Lyngby Campus of the Technical University of Denmark together with 19 other institutes within the technical sciences. In the Astrophysics and Atmospheric Division, current focus areas cover large-scale structure of the universe, physics of compact objects, space weather, upper atmosphere physics and cosmo-climatology as well as development of instrumentation, in particular high-energy instrumentation, i.e. X- and gamma ray detectors and -optics.  The division is currently active in operation of instruments on and data analysis from three satellites. The division also runs four instrumentation laboratories and hosts a center for space weather research and forecasts.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.