Postdoc in Terahertz optics and spectroscopy

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production a position as postdoc in Terahertz optics and spectroscopy is open for appointment 15.05.2018 or soon thereafter. The position is available until March 31, 2021 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's 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 applied research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. Thereby, as an employee at the Department you will become a part of an international research environment, where focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building and interdisciplinary collaborations.  

Job description

Research areas will be within terahertz optics and spectroscopy. The Postdoc position is part of the project “Detection of Explosives using Terahertz Radiation at Improved Standoff-distances” (DETRIS), which is funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. The project is a collaboration between Aalborg University and the private company MyDefence Communication. The main goal of the project is to increase the standoff-distance, at which explosives can be reliably identified using terahertz spectroscopy. The job will involve acquisition of high-resolution THz spectra of explosives under a variety of conditions, as well as programming and training a machine-leaning algorithm to identify the spectroscopic fingerprint of explosives in the THz range under realistic real-world conditions. The applicant should have hands-on experience with optics, optical spectroscopy and basic programming of data acquisition and analysis software. Experience with near-infrared optics, fiber optics, continuous-wave THz spectroscopy and programming of machine-learning algorithms will be an advantage.

Limited teaching within the areas of Physics and Nanotechnology, e.g. within optics and spectroscopy, can be expected.

You may obtain further professional information from Associate Professor Esben Skovsen, Phone: +45 9940 7484, E-mail:

Qualification requirements: 
Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

We wish to reflect the diversity of society and welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Lisbeth Palmelund by mail or phone (+45) 9940 7553.

Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here. 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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Wed Mar 07 00:00:00 CET 2018

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