Postdoc openings within quantum plasmonics and extreme light-matter interactions

July 4, 2019

The SDU Center for Nano Optics ( at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense Campus) invites applications for several postdoctoral research fellowships within the research area of quantum plasmonics. The application deadline is September 1st 2019, and the prospective starting date is between October 2019 and February 2020.

SDU Center for Nano Optics has cutting-edge fundamental research activities in plasmonics and metasurfaces. The activities of the center’s two PI’s (Prof. Bozhevolnyi & Prof. Mortensen) include the theoretical and experimental explorations of light-matter interactions at the interface of classical electrodynamics and quantum physics, with extreme spatial confinement of both light fields and matter. The center has world-class nano optics and quantum optics labs, and access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and novel electron spectroscopy. In addition to local support, the center is supported by prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grant) and VILLUM FONDEN (Villum Investigator grant).

The postdoc openings are for up to three years, with the possibility for extension given satisfactory performance. The total duration of a postdoctoral fellowship in Denmark cannot exceed four years.

We seek candidates with optical lab-expertise, with strong backgrounds in condensed-matter physics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, and related areas. The successful candidates will contribute to frontier research in areas where potentially both light and matter exhibit quantum mechanics. In addition to optical spectroscopy, experimental explorations will harvest from the access to state-of-the-art scanning nearfield optical mictroscopy (SNOM) and novel electron microscopy of plasmons (EELS & CL). Material platforms range from noble metals to 2D materials and quantum emitters brought about by e.g. quantum dots and defect centers in nanocrystals.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in an area more closely related to the research field of the call.

Candidates should motivate their application. The application should also clearly state if there has been any preliminary contact/discussion with the PI.

The filling of positions is supported by the Villum Investigator program awarded by VILLUM FONDEN to the principle investigator. For more information, see

For more information on possibilities for postdoc projects, please contact Professor & VILLUM Investigator N. Asger Mortensen (email:, personal homepage:

Requirements for the position

Employment as a postdoc requires scientific qualifications at PhD level.

Applications will be assessed by an expert. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty.

Shortlisting may be used. Shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment panel.

An interview might be part of the assessment process.

Conditions of employment

Employment as a postdoc is temporary. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree.

The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.


Your application must be uploaded through the official SDU posting. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please read guidelines for applicants.

All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

The applications must include:

  • Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc, PhD) – Danish or English transcripts
  • Information on previous teaching experience, please attach as Teaching portfolio
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached
  • Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication, a possible co-author statement must be a part of this pdf-file

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The application must be in English.

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