DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Functional Carbon Microstructures and Nanomaterials

mandag 09 maj 22

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Are you an open-minded, bright and motivated researcher with high ambitions for an academic career? Then this Tenure Track position might be the perfect opportunity for you! We are looking for a skilled scientist to expand our expertise in carbon micro- and nanoengineering, with the ambition to design, fabricate and characterize functional carbon microstructures and nanomaterials with tailored properties for specific applications.

Carbon microelectrodes with high active surface area and 3D architecture are very promising for energy storage in supercapacitors and batteries, electrosynthesis, water purification, electrochemical biosensing, microbial fuel cells or as smart scaffolds for electrochemical monitoring of cells. However, in most of these applications, optimal performance can only be achieved by precise control of surface properties, deposition of nanomaterials, engineering of porosity and tailoring of the structural properties of the carbon electrode itself.

We are looking for a colleague contributing to our research on micro- and nanofabrication of carbon electrodes. As a faculty member you will complement our own competences in micro- and nanoengineering with novel ideas and strategies for tailoring of surface and bulk properties of carbon materials for specific applications. Fundamental understanding of the involved chemical and physical processes requires your skills in material science, chemistry and/or electrochemistry.

The position will involve teaching in existing relevant courses, developing new course materials and collaboration with other DTU departments, on topics in nanofabrication and characterization.

The position will be affiliated with the Biomaterial Microsystems group headed by Prof. Stephan S. Keller at DTU Nanolab. The group develops 3D polymer and carbon micro- and nanostructures for applications in life science, health tech and sustainable energy. The main focus of the group is on novel micro- and fabrication strategies and the characterization of the resulting structures and devices.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU’s Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Associate Professorship. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your main focus will be to contribute to research on carbon microstructures and nanomaterials for applications such as energy storage, electrochemical sensing and bioelectrochemical systems. More specifically, you will assist in micro- and nanofabrication of carbon electrodes and be responsible for the development of novel strategies tailoring their bulk and surface properties. As some of the main tasks you will

  • Design and fabricate 2D and 3D polymer micro- and nanostructures with methods such as additive manufacturing, electrospinning and imprinting
  • Implement pyrolysis processes for the conversion of the polymer structures into carbon micro- and nanoelectrodes
  • Develop strategies for physical and chemical modification of carbon electrodes
  • Analyze surface and bulk properties of carbon micro- and nanomaterials with methods such as XRD, XPS, Raman, BET, SEM and TEM
  • Identify novel applications for functional carbon materials in collaboration with other departments at DTU and internationally leading research groups
  • Attract funding for research projects on functional carbon materials
  • Disseminate your knowledge in the field at conferences
  • Develop teaching content for existing and new courses

We are looking for a highly skilled scientist with experience in chemical and physical surface modification, (bio)functionalization, nanomaterial deposition and characterization of carbon electrodes. Furthermore, deep knowledge of electrochemical methods is desirable. You should be an engaged and inspiring teacher, and be eager to supervise students in projects.

You must be responsible for the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses. You must be fluent in English, both oral and writing.

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Starting date is as soon as possible.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Stephan S. Keller, suke@dtu.dk and Professor Rafael Taboryski, rata@dtu.dk

You can read more about DTU Nanolab at www.nanolab.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 25 May 2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Nanolab
The National Centre for Nano Fabrication and Characterization is at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). We provide access both to a specially constructed facility for advanced electron microscopy and to a 1500 m2 cleanroom allowing state of the art processing to fabricate chips and devices for a large variety of applications. Our expertise is research based, with multiple research groups that focus on methods for imaging and characterization down to atomic resolution and on scalable nanofabrication technologies.  

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