One or more PhD Stipends in Terahertz Spectroscopy of Explosives (915-18084)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production, one og more PhD stipend(s) is available within the PhD programme Materials Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.The stipend is open for appointment from 1 March 2019 or soon hereafter.

Job description

About the Department of Materials and Production:
The Department of Materials and Production (MP) is a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department’s mission is to meet the future demands for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production, and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups, which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. Benefitting the industry and additional collaborators, several innovative and unconventional collaborations have been and are developed through interdisciplinary co-operations. Thereby, as an employee at the Department, you will become a part of an international research environment, where the focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The research area of the PhD stipend will be within terahertz optics and spectroscopy. The PhD position will be part of the project: Detection of Explosives using Terahertz Radiation at Improved Standoff-distances (DETRIS), which is funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark.

The main goal of the DETRIS project is to increase the standoff-distance, at which explosives can be reliably identified using terahertz spectroscopy. The PhD will involve the design, testing and optimization of an advanced continuous-wave terahertz system optimized for spectroscopic identification of explosives at standoff-distances of 10s of meters.

The applicant should have experience with optics and spectroscopy in general, as well as terahertz optics and spectroscopy in particular. Experience with near-infrared optics, fiber optics, terahertz spectroscopy on explosives, and continuous-wave THz spectroscopy will be an advantage. Basic programming skills in MatLab will also be advantageous, and good oral and written proficiency in the English language will be required.

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Esben Skovsen (phone: +45 9940 7484, e-mail: concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of the Engineering and Science, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

An assessment committee will assess the qualifications of the applicant. Based on the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms Ruth Klitte, the Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: , phone: +45 9940 7993.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

Deadline: 31 January 2019
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Post expires on Thursday January 31st, 2019