Postdoc in Light Robotics

DTU Fotonik
Monday 26 Mar 18

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Center for Biopharmaceuticals and Biobarriers in Drug Delivery
Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme

Applications are invited for a two-years Postdoc position in the new research area Light Robotics. The postdoc project is part of the interdisciplinary research activities in the new Center for Biopharmaceuticals and Biobarriers in Drug Delivery funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Challenge Programme for oral drug delivery of biopharmaceuticals. This project will be hosted at DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) but will involve close collaboration with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen and Univ. British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. The position offers professional development opportunities including mobility with potential research stays in collaborators labs. in Europe, Japan or North America.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoc will develop new light robotic systems and methods tailored for unprecedented control and precision in the study of biological mechanisms in drug delivery of biopharmaceutical through biobarriers. Light Robotics is an emerging approach to develop novel nanobiophotonics solutions by leveraging and integrating developments in optical micromanipulation, microfabrication, microfluidics, advanced light sources, microscopy and nanophotonics. This project builds upon the leading light robotics expertise and platform available at DTU Fotonik and is supported by DTU’s advanced infrastructure for micro/nanofabrication and nanoscopy. This project will explore a number of approaches and integrate suitable methods into a new light robotics platform to be tested and validated together with biomedical collaborators. The postdoc will work together with collaborators and contribute to the supervision of students (PhD students, Master students, special courses, etc.). The postdoc is also expected to contribute to fundraising efforts in the group.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in optics and photonics engineering, applied physics, micro/nanotechnology or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the PhD degree. An ideal candidate will be self-driven and possess strong management and laboratory skills to conduct and manage research independently based on actual research experience within relevant fields such as experimental biophotonics, microfabrication, optical trapping, lab-on-chip systems, advanced microscopy and optical systems development. At the same time the candidate should be able to function well in a team and possess good communication skills in written and spoken English for the extensive networking and scientific dissemination activities in the project.

The assessment of applicants will be made by Professor Jesper Glückstad, Group Leader of Programmable Phase Optics.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years, starting from 1 July 2018 or as soon as possible.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jesper Glückstad, email; group website:

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Please submit your online application no later than 15 May 2018. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma (Phd/MSc with official translation into English)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Fotonik’s main areas of research (sections) are Nanophotonics, Light sources and Industrial Sensors, Nonlinear Optics and Biophotonics, Communication technology. Each section consists of 3-4 research groups. There are 14 groups in total. About 225 researchers are employed at DTU Fotonik, including around 90 PhD Students. In a typical year, we educate more than 40 MSc students, and our student numbers are constantly growing.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.