PhD Position in Functionalized Light Robotics at Technical University of Denmark

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark is inviting applicants to apply for a PhD position in medical sciences. The funds for this fellowship are available for 3 years. Potential candidates should apply before November 30, 2018.

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position in Functionalized Light Robotics. The PhD project is part of the interdisciplinary research activities in the Center for Biopharmaceuticals and Biobarriers in Drug Delivery funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme.

This PhD project will be hosted at DTU Nanolab (as from 1 January 2019 the new name for DTU Danchip/Cen), Technical University of Denmark, and will involve close collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Univ. British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. The PhD training at DTU will be enriched with a research stay with collaborators in Europe, Japan or North America.

Responsibilities and tasks

The PhD candidate, in collaboration with experts in optics and biomedical sciences, will develop new Light Robotic systems and methods tailored for unprecedented control and precision in the study of biological mechanisms in drug delivery of biopharmaceuticals through biobarriers. Light Robotics is an emerging approach to develop novel nanobiophotonics solutions by leveraging and integrating developments in optical micromanipulation, microfabrication, microfluidics, spatial light modulation, microscopy and nanophotonics. The PhD project builds upon the leading Light Robotics expertise and platform available at DTU Nanolab and is supported by DTU's advanced infrastructure for micro/nanofabrication and nanoscopy. This project will explore a number of approaches and integrate suitable methods into new Light Robotics tools to be tested and validated together with biomedical collaborators.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in optical engineering, applied physics, micro/nanotechnology or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree. A solid background in Fourier optics is an asset. The ideal candidate has strong laboratory skills and research experience within experimental biophotonics, 3D design, microfabrication, optical trapping, advanced microscopy and optical systems development. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are important for the extensive networking and scientific dissemination activities associated with the project. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of applicants will be made by Professor Jesper Glckstad, Group Leader of Programmable Phase Optics, and Dr. Ada-Ioana Bunea.

We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. Starting date is 15 January 2019.

The workplace will be at DTU Nanolab (DTU Danchip –, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby Campus.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jesper Glckstad, email:, group website:


Please submit your online application no later than 30 November 2018 (local time). Apply online here: PhD position in Functionalized Light Robotics

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:

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.


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