PhD Position in Unlocking the Next Generation of Oxide Electronic Devices

Technical University of Denmark



Do you want to work in the field of advanced materials and be involved in high profile research project on the forefront of science?

We have an available position as a PhD student in the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage (DTU Energy), Technical Universityof Denmark (DTU) on a research project dealing with enhancing material properties with light stimuli and magnetic fields. This is a collaborative work within the EuroTech Universities Alliance where another PhD working on related area will be hired at the Oxide Electronics Group, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Research Project

Oxide heterostructures, such as the canonical LaAlO3/SrTiO3heterostructure, have gained immense attention recently as they exhibit a wealth of exciting and co-existing properties including gate-tunable superconductivity, ferromagnetism and persistent photocurrent. As many of these properties go well beyond what is typically used in traditional electronics based on semiconductors, the oxides have the potential for being used to design novel electronic components based on fundamentally different operating principles or energy-saving strategies. We have for several years worked extensively on SrTiO3-based heterostructures and discovered a multitude of exciting properties. Recently, we have found the highest positive magnetoresistance of any oxide material and have developed a scheme to hopefully obtain the highest positive magnetoresistance in the world! The proposed research project is to explore the possibility of making such a magnetoresistive device. On top of this, we will use light to enhance the properties (magnetoresistance as well as other) of the heterostructures, which may lead to interesting components that couples light and electrons and thus can be operated using both light and electrostatic potential.

The overall aims are therefore:
  1. To develop the world’s best positive magnetoresistive device.
  2. To use light to enhance material and device performances.

Candidates should hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent), preferably in a physics, nanoscience, or a materials science-related discipline. 

The following qualifications are requested:
  • A good drive and high motivation
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Being able to work independently and in a team

Candidates with the following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience in setting up new equipment and writing software
  • Experience in lithography
  • Experience with cryostats and magnetotransport measurements
  • Experience in pulsed laser deposition of oxides and metal deposition 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by the Head of section Prof. Nini Pryds (

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and Appointment Terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The expected starting date is flexible and would be discussed directly with the successful candidate. Workplace is DTU Energy, DTU, Lyngby, Denmark.

Further Information

For further information please contact Prof. Nini Pryds (

Please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses, instead apply online as described below.


Please submit your online application no later than 15 July 2019.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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
  • 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.

DTU Energy is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. Additional information about the department can be found on

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