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PhD Position in Instrumentation for Hard X-ray and Gamma-ray Astrophysics

Technical University of Denmark is offering PhD position in astrophysics. The funds for this fellowship are available for 3 years. Potential candidates should apply before February 25, 2019.

The Section for Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics at DTU Space offers a PhD position in Instrumentation for Hard X-ray and Gamma-ray Astrophysics.

The proposed PhD project will be part of the research on development of 3D CZT drift strip detectors conducted by the DTU Space detector group.

The instrumentation for high energy telescopes (>100 keV) requires detectors of high efficiency, high energy resolution and the capability of 3D position sensitivity. A fine spectroscopic performance combined with sub mm position resolution will make it possible to perform 3D reconstructions of the photon interaction in sub-mm, a feature which is essential and can be utilized for future new instrumentation working in the energy range from the 20keV to a few MeV regions.

DTU Space has a strong position in instrument development for astrophysics primarily based on space missions and several decades heritage of participation in astrophysical satellites. Current satellites includeINTEGRAL,PLANCK,NuSTAR, ASIM and in the near future we also participate inJWST,EUCLIDandATHENA.

More specifically for the advertised PhD project, the group of Astrophysics is also involved in a project in collaboration with Kromek, UK, funded under the Horizon 2020 / Eurostars for development of a new generation Molecular Breast Imager using the DTU Space developed 3D CZT detector sensor technology.

The purpose of our project is to develop a "space-ready" compact 3D CZT detector module system based on drift strip detector technology which will be suitable for future hard X-ray/soft gamma-ray astrophysical missions.

The goal of the PhD project is to further develop the 3D CZT drift strip detectors as building blocks for future high energy astronomy.By combining requirements from different high energy mission instrumentsand through the investigation of high timing, spectral and spatial resolution from the 3D CZT detector experimental data,the project aims to develop for the first time new generation high resolution, space ready detector modules to be used for future high energy missions.

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

The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the

The successful candidate has outstanding analytical and problem solving skills to become a committed researcher with a drive for excellence. Experience on measurements and data analysis of X-ray and Gamma-ray detectors will be an advantage.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior scientist Irfan Kuvvetli.

Interviews are foreseen to take place during the first week of March 2019.

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.

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information may be obtained from Senior Scientist Irfan Kuvvetli(irfan@space.dtu.dk), +45 4525 9720.

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Please submit your online application no later than25 Feburary 2019.

To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form.

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. As the National Space Institute, 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.

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.


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