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PhD Scholarship in Luminescence Dating at Technical University of Denmark

Applications are invited for a PhD position in ecology to join Technical University of Denmark. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. Applicants should apply before August 18, 2019.

DTU Nutech, The Radiation Physics Division, is seeking candidates for a PhD position to investigate the chronology of the migration of early and modern humans using luminescence dating. These studies will be concentrated on the eastern European and western Asian plains, particularly around the famous Kostenki group of sites, and will be in collaboration with colleagues from the Russian and Siberian branches of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Radiation Physics Division carries out research, innovation and research-based consultancy in the fields of dosimetry, luminescence physics, and neutronics, with applications within e.g. geological and archaeological dating, radiation therapy, radiation processing, radiation protection and nuclear emergency preparedness. The division presently consists of approx. 40 people including researchers, technicians and PhD students.

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the hypothesis that Anatomically Modern Humans arrived on the central east European plain well before the presently accepted 42 ka. OSL dating of sand sized grains of quartz and feldspar is today one of the most important chronological tools in Late Quaternary geology and human evolution studies. The fundamental challenges in OSL dating are that such target materials may have a residual age at the time of deposition and that they may subsequently migrate within the burial matrix. To address these challenges, we will test the methodological hypotheses that (i) luminescence dating using multi-grain samples is significantly inaccurate compared to independent age control, and (ii) only single-grain dating provides accurate dates for Kostenki and related sites. The successful applicant will work on all aspects of testing these hypotheses. Master’s or equivalent degree in physics, chemistry, geoscience, archaeological science or similar. It is highly desirable that the candidate has experience in luminescence dating. 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 We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international academic environment with excellent possibilities for professional and personal development. The successful candidate will work in an environment with activities and expertise in a wide range of fields related to ionizing radiation, including radiation physics, dosimetry, radioecology and medical applications. 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 period of employment is 3 years. The place of work is DTU Nutech at the Ris Campus in Roskilde.

Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Kristina Thomsen, You can read more about DTU Nutech at Please submit your online application no later than 18 August 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted asone PDF filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attachall your materials in English in one PDF file.

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 is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation andscientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.


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