PhD position in Development of Nondestructive Inspection Tools for Cultural Heritage artefacts with 3D THz imaging

The Department of Photonics Engineering (DTU Fotonik) at the Technical University of Denmark is inviting applications from qualified candidates for a Ph.D. project of three years duration.

Project summary
Nondestructive inspection refers to methods which inspect the mechanical and structural properties of materials in a noninvasive manner, i.e. without damaging the material. Such methods are invaluable for investigation of unique objects, such as archeological findings. In this project we will use novel optical technology, capable of producing detailed, 3D images of materials, to develop a new paradigm for investigation of the inner structure of cultural heritage artifacts and art objects. Click here for more detailed information.

Candidate requirements
Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their MSc degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Project environment and research group
DTU Fotonik hosts one of the world’s leading laboratories for ultrafast THz technology, with full capabilities for spectroscopy and imaging in the 0.1-30 THz range. In particular, we use commercial, high-speed THz imaging systems for a wide range of scanning applications. The research team is a vibrant, multinational unit of enthusiastic researchers with a wide range of research activities in state-of-the-art THz spectroscopy, nonlinear optics and imaging. The project is carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Conservation at the National Museum of Denmark. The National Museum of Denmark is the main museum for Danish cultural history, with the obligation to carry out and communicate world-class research within its main areas at national and international level. The Department of Conservation is involved in a wide range of research activities too.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Professor Peter Uhd Jepsen, Head of the THz Technologies & Biophotonics Group at DTU Fotonik, e-mail:; tel.: +45 4525 5711,,
Mads Chr. Christensen, Head of Laboratory, Department of Conservation, National Museum of Denmark, e-mail:, tel.: +45 3347 3502,

We must have your online application by May 2 2012. Please indicate where you saw the ad. Please open the link “apply for this job online”, fill in the application form and attach the following documents;

A letter motivating the application (cover letter).
Curriculum vitae.
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here).

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