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28. juni 2018

PhD fellow in Atomic Physics applied to Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Department of Physics, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in atomic physics applied to magnetic resonance imaging commencing on September 1st 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.  
Description of the scientific environment 
The project will be conducted in collaboration between the Quantum Optics Laboratory (QUANTOP) at the Niels Bohr Institute (Department of Physics of Copenhagen University) and the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. QUANTOP is among the world leading centers in quantum physics and quantum technology. The laboratory runs state-of-the-art experiments in atomic and optical physics, specializing in quantum sensing and metrology. DRCMR is one of the leading research centres for biomedical MRI in Europe (www.drcmr.dk), and is awarded Centre of Excellence within Capital Region Hospitals. Our mission is to triangulate magnetic resonance (MR) physics and basic physiology from preclinical to clinical research. Approximately 75 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines are currently pursuing basic and clinically applied MR research and its validation with a focus on structural, functional, and metabolic MRI of the human brain and its disorders.    
 
Project description 
The interdisciplinary project is aimed at development of atomic sensors of magnetic field for improved resolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An array of sensors along with computer controlled data acquisition and software will be designed and constructed at NBI and installed at the ultra-high magnetic field MRI device at the DRCMR at Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre. The multi-channel probe system will be tested and used for real time monitoring of gradient trajectories with subsequent correction of the image data. In addition to the optical and atomic physics and electronic design, the project partly also involves MRI physics in form of sequence programming and advanced reconstruction.  
 
Principal supervisor is Professor Eugene Polzik, Niels Bohr Institute, E-mail Polzik@nbi.ku.dk 
Co/supervisor is Associate Professor Esben Thade Petersen, DRCMR, E-mail esbentp@drcmr.dk.  
 
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 
  • To manage and carry through your research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate your research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department 
 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in physics with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work experience. 
 
Terms of employment  
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  
 
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  
 
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 317.459 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 43.852). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
 
 
Scholarship and terms of employment for integrated MSc and PhD 
PhD grant portions (Ph.D.‐SU klip) 
In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme (up to three years), the student is entitled to so-called PhD grant portions. The grant portions are financed by the grant donor but not by the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme Agency (as is the case for the ordinary study grant portions on the BSc and MSc programmes). They are called PhD grant portions because this kind of remuneration is regulated and described in the Executive Order on the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU‐bekendtgørelsen), and because the value of a PhD grant portion corresponds to the value of an ordinary Danish study grant portion. Students are awarded 48 PhD grant portions during the period of their MSc and PhD studies. 
48 PhD grant portions at DKK 5,839 each, corresponding to DKK 280,272. 
 
'Duty work' 
As a supplement to the PhD grant portions, the student may, in accordance with the collective agreement of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC), be offered 'duty work'. In the period up to the completion of the MSc programme, students performing 'duty work' are paid by the hour. UCPH has decided to offer students on integrated MSc and PhD schemes 150 hours of 'duty work' per year during Part A of the programme (until two years of the combined programme of study remain). 'Duty work' during Part A if it has a duration of three years: 450 hours at a rate of DKK 202.64 (+ 12.5% holiday pay), corresponding to DKK 102,586.50. 
For further information about Part A please see: https://www.science.ku.dk/english/research/phd/studystructure/integratedphd/.   
 
Salary in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) 
In the period after the completion of the MSc programme, the student is employed as a PhD scholar and is remunerated in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The scheme is arranged in such a way that students graduate from the MSc programme at a time when there are two years left of the integrated programme. For this reason, the salary must be paid for a period of two years in accordance with the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The amounts specified include a supplement locally agreed upon as well as pension contributions: Salary as a PhD scholar: 24 months at a rate of DKK 28,955.15 (including pension contributions and supplement), corresponding to DKK 694,923.

Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
 
Please include  
  • CV  
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Acceptance Letter for the relevant MSc Programme at SCIENCE, if any 
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any),  
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 1-3 professional referees 
 
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 
 
The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018, 23:59 GMT +1. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.  
 
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
 
Questions 
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact the principal supervisor Prof. Eugene Polzik, Polzik@nbi.ku.dk, phone 23382045 
 
General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd. 
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