Optics and photonics have considerable influence on our everyday life and community. Today photonics is used everywhere, for example in fiber-optic communications systems, in diagnostic equipment at hospitals, and in advanced measurement equipment.
Education of PhD students plays a central role in the activities at DTU Fotonik and PhD projects are fully integrated in our research areas. As PhD student you have access to well-equipped state-of-the-art laboratories, and because projects are often carried out as part of larger research collaborations, you have access to additional resources and the most advanced technology and equipment. Currently, Fotonik employs 200 staff members and more than 60 PhD students in the different research groups at our department.
DTU Fotonik has a global network of contacts in other research organizations and companies within our field, for example via EU research programs. PhD students have every opportunity to take part in these collaborations and benefit from shorter or longer research stays abroad. Such stays can be in supplement to conferences or workshops which the PhD student is expected to take part in.
Who can become a PhD Student?
National and international candidates may apply to take part in our PhD program. We are seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates with master’s degrees in technical science, science or equivalent.
Elements of a PhD Project
The DTU Fotonik PhD program is a three year program during which the PhD student learns to carry out research under guidance. DTU Fotonik recommends that the student and supervisor have been in contact before applying for admission.
At DTU Fotonik our PhD program consists of
A study program corresponding to 30 ECTS points
A teaching and communication course corresponding to approximately three months
An external stay(s) of research
An individual scientific project within one of the department research areas
A defense of the thesis open to the public
PhD Thesis Requirements
DTU Fotonik recommends that a PhD thesis is based on at least five scientific publications in international scientific journals with so-called peer review. The thesis should be prepared as follows: An introductory part containing a review, followed by the peer-reviewed publications and/or formatted manuscripts.
Furthermore, it is required that the PhD student attends at least one international conference or workshop with an oral presentation.
PhD Educational Programs Hosted by DTU Fotonik
As a PhD student at DTU Fotonik you are affiliated with the Graduate school Fotonik. In addition you can be affiliated with one or more of the graduate school educational programs offering summer/winter schools, seminars or symposia. DTU Fotonik participates in the graduate educational programs:
All matters regarding matriculation, approval of study plan, dispensation etc. for PhD students at DTU Fotonik are handled by the program committee for Electronics, communications, and space technology.
If you are interested in applying for PhD project at DTU Fotonik, there are several possibilities. You can apply for a DTU stipend, an industrial PhD program, or, as something new, an innovation PhD programs. Under vacant positions you may check currently available PhD positions.
Another recommended option in order to inquire about vacant positions is that you contact your potential supervisor directly for available positions. Staff lists are provided in the homepages of each of the department research areas.
Further Information and Links
The general rules for PhD education is available on DTU's web page. In the same pages you will find reference to the latest ministerial order regarding PhD education programs. Here you will find all the necessary documents and forms to fill out for application.
If you need further information regarding the PhD program at DTU Fotonik, you are welcome to contact Research Professor Peter E. Andersen , who is responsible for the PhD program at DTU Fotonik.
Contacts and Information at DTU
The DTU website contains more information addressed to PhD students and Guest PhD students. You can find everuthing you need to know about required documents, deadlines, admission, accommodation, insurance, residence- and work permits and the names of contact persons.
Life as a PhD student at DTU Fotonik
You may learn more about life as a PhD student at DTU Fotonik here.
Finally, you may contact one of the current PhD students to learn about their experiences.