Postdoc 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 an excellent candidate for a postdoc position with main focus on contributions to the ESA Athena X-ray mission.

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 postdoc 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
  • Design and development of X-ray optics'Mirror coating characterization using XRR, AFM, TEM, XPS, etc
  • Optimization and simulation of coating performance
  • Environmental tests
  • Scientific and technical reporting
  • Expected participantion in experiments at syncotron facilities 

Other content of the position:

  • Support DTU Space’s experimental facilities for high energy astrophysics missions


Candidates should have a PhD degree in science/engineering or equivalent.

Further qualifications: 

  • Lab experience is an advantage
  • Scientific programming skills (C, IDL, MATLAB, UNIX, etc)
  • Interest in Astrophysics and Space Science

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 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 workplace is Lyngby Campus, Elektrovej Building 327, 2800 Kgs Lyngby.

Starting June 1st, 2017, or asap thereafter. The period of employment is initially 2 years.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Desiree Ferreira, +45 45259762

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Application procedure: 

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)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional referees.

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.


The Institute 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.