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PhD Fellowship in Neutron Scattering, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Publish Date: May 06, 2015

Deadline: May 15, 2015

The Niels Bohr Institute, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Neutron Scattering commencing 1. June 2015 oras soon as possible thereafter.  

Project description
The construction of the European Spallation Source (ESS) requires large efforts of the Neutron Scattering community on many levels.  The demand for training competencies needed to plan, perform and publish neutron scattering experiments at ESS and other large-scale facilities is increasing. Therefore the need for training beyond existing courses is essential: Training which is accessible anytime and anywhere and for anyone. The Virtual Neutrons for Teaching (VNT) project aims to offer e-learning courses in Neutron Scattering based on existing physics education research. Especially, research on the Neutron Scattering Course at the University of Copenhagen is already incorporated in the VNT project. The successful applicant will develop learning material for the VNT e-learning platform and perform research on the use of the VNT platform in both blended learning and e-learning settings. Depending on the candidate, there will also be opportunities to perform research in materials science using neutron scattering as a probe. The development of the specialized e-learning material requires knowledge of neutron scattering theory, Monte Carlo simulation and neutron scattering instrumentation and experiments.  Research on the use of online learning material requires a learning theoretical basis and experience with qualitative methods.


Principal supervisor is Associate professor Linda Udby, Niels Bohr Institute,, +45 23829877. Co-supervisor is Assistant Professor Jesper Bruun, Department of Science Education.


Job description

Your key tasks as a PhD student at Science are:


  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Take PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Participate in congresses
  • Stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • Teach and disseminate your research

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

  • A master’s degree related to the subject area of the project
  • The grade point average achieved
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Relevant work experience with neutron scattering and physics education research
  • English spoken and written fluently
  • Marks obtained during the first year of study on the master programme (only relevant for applicants applying for a 4-year scholarship)Formal requirements
    The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty’s master’s programmes.
    At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.Terms of employment  
  • The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
  • Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
  • The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Application Procedure 

  • Please include
  • The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, cf. general rules and guidelines, p. 5The applicant will be assessed according to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation Executive Order no. 1039 of 27 August 2013 PhD Order.The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.The deadline for applications is 15.05.2015. Applications received later than this date will not be considered.Questions 
  • General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at PhD Regulations.
  • For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor.

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