Assistant Professorship in Nanoscience and Technology

4 + 2 years appointment beginning in autumn/winter 2018

The Danish Institute for Advanced Study (Danish IAS (D-IAS)) seeks outstanding candidates to fill a position at Assistant Professor level. The position is sponsored by and located at the University of Southern Denmark and starts in autumn / winter 2018. The appointment is for four years with the possibility for a subsequent two years of employment as Associate Professor.

An ambitious research environment with focus on support for external funding

We offer a uniquely ambitious research environment and ample research funding attached to this particular position, and, for the successful candidate, a position where options for tenure will be discussed during a third-year review. Beyond this seed funding and besides being part of an excellent academic environment, D-IAS offers the strongest possible support in applications for further external funding from prestigious national and European funding schemes, e.g., Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the ERC starting grants.

We expect applicants to actively engage in the development of the research unit as well as contribute positively to Danish IAS as a whole.

What we do at D-IAS

The Danish IAS at SDU is a research centre that aims to inspire ground-breaking ideas through the meeting of minds across the sciences and humanities. It engages leading academics through its visitor programme, weekly talks, monthly lectures and quarterly colloquia.

We strongly focus on talent development of young researchers who work on game-changing ideas. Eminent academics are appointed as chairs, and in that capacity form the backbone of the Danish IAS as they catalyse activities within their field. More information about Danish IAS activities can be found on our website

About the position

The position in nanoscience and technology is situated at the Faculty of Engineering, Mads Clausen Institute in Sønderborg at the research centre SDU NanoSYD (

Applicants should be familiar with using state-of-the-art ion and electron imaging and manipulation facilities and are expected to conduct cutting-edge experimentally-based research within the area of nanoscience and technology, including research that involves ion microscopy and ion materials treatment within, e.g., nanoscale physics, low-dimensional materials, mesoscopic physics or quantum photonics. An active use of our nanofabrication research infrastructure (such as an ion-based Nanofab) is therefore strongly encouraged and in general, synergy with existing research environments and our faculty members in physics is expected (for more information:

Application requirements, appointment and assessment

The application material should include a detailed motivation and an outline of the ground-breaking activities that are to be pursued. In the application, applicants should highlight

their ten most significant journal publications, detailing also their author contributions.

Applicants who wish to be considered should provide a link to a fully updated ResearcherID on

In addition, the following application material is required:

  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Certificates/diplomas
  • Complete list of publications, indicating which publications are most relevant for the position
  • Up to five of the most relevant publications. Please upload a pdf for each publication
  • Three letters of recommendation from acknowledged international researchers.
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Research and publication plan for the next three years

Application deadline is 27 April 2018.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the salary agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Research will be predominant in this position.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee. The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee.

D-IAS encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

As part of the overall assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, a job interview may be held during the period of 25-29 June 2018.

Applications must be submitted electronically. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format. Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

For further information about the position and the research centres,

contact Prof. Horst-Günter Rubahn (


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