Postdoc openings within quantum plasmonics and extreme light-matter interactions

Syddansk Universitet (SDU)

Ph.d. & forskning

SDU Nano Optics, Mads Clausen Institute, ( at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense Campus) invites applications for several postdoctoral research fellowships within the research area of quantum plasmonics. The application deadline is August 1st 2017, and the prospective starting date is between September 2017 and February 2018.

SDU Center for Nano Optics is a center of excellence with cutting-edge fundamental research activities in plasmonics and metasurfaces. The activities of the center’s two PI’s (Prof. Bozhevolnyi & Prof. Mortensen) include the theoretical and experimental explorations of light-matter interactions at the interface of classical electrodynamics and quantum physics, with extreme spatial confinement of both light fields and matter. For more information, please consult our recent perspective paper in Nanophotonics (DOI: 10.1515/nanoph-2016-0179). The center has world-class nano optics and quantum optics labs, and access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and novel electron spectroscopy. In addition to local support, the center is supported by prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant) and VILLUM FONDEN (VILLUM Investigator grant).

The postdoc openings are for at least two years, with the possibility for extension given satisfactory performance. The total duration of a postdoctoral fellowship in Denmark cannot exceed four years.

We seek candidates with strong qualifications in either theory or experiments, with strong backgrounds in condensed-matter physics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, and related areas. The successful candidates will contribute to frontier research in areas where potentially both light and matter exhibit quantum mechanics. Theory projects will benefit from techniques ranging from semiclassics to quantum-field theory, potentially also including time-dependent ab-initio approaches to account for material properties. Experimental explorations will harvest from the access to state-of-the-art scanning nearfield optical mictroscopy (SNOM/s-SNOM) and novel electron microscopy of plasmons (EELS & CL). Material platforms range from noble metals to 2D materials and quantum emitters brought about by e.g. quantum dots and defect centers in nanocrystals.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in an area more closely related to the research field of the call.

Candidates should motivate their application, addressing also their preference to either theoretical or experimental work. The application should also clearly state if there has been any preliminary contact/discussion with the PI.

The filling of positions is supported by the Villum Investigator program recently awarded by VILLUM FONDEN to the principle investigator. For more information, see

For more information on possibilities for postdoc projects, please contact Professor & VILLUM Investigator N. Asger Mortensen
(email: , personal homepage:

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
Employment as postdoc is temporary. Level of qualification is a PhD.

If special circumstances exist employment may be extended for one year.

Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree.

The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.

Applications will be assessed by an expert. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, an interview may be applied.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Read the guideline for applicants.

An application must include:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (Master and PhD degree)
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be a part of this pdf-file

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


01 august 2017

Ansøgningsfrist d. 01.08.2017

Ph.d. & forskning
Matematik, Fysik & Nano
Forskning & Udvikling

Opslag oprettet d. 02.06.2017, sidst opdateret d. 02.06.2017

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