Postdoc in Ultrafast Dynamics of Quantum Materials


We are seeking applicants for a 2-year postdoc in dynamics of Quantum Materials to join us at the department of physics. The focus will be on using non-linear optical and X-ray scattering to study magnetic and structural phase transitions driven by light, and exploring the role played by vibrational coherence.

Starting Date and Period
The position is initially for 2 years. The position is available from 1st February or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description
You will be expected to lead one of our lab-based experimental approaches to studying high temperature superconductors and other quantum materials using our novel optical approaches. You will be expected to re-build and improve our existing setups to broaden their applicability to a range of quantum materials.

In addition, you will be expected to both lead and support experiments at various XFEL facilities around the world (USA, Japan, Korea, Germany and Switzerland) as well as synchrotron experiments at facilities such as Diamond (UK) and ALBA (Spain)

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in the physical sciences.

Applicants should have a strong background in ultrafast science, condensed matter physics or X-ray scattering.

Experience with python is highly desirable.

Applicants should be highly motivated, with a willingness to learn and try new approaches to study materials. Flexibility and a desire to travel will also be needed.

Who we are
We are a new research group at Aarhus University, established in May 2020, having moved from ICFO in Barcelona. We are funded through ERC starting grant SeeSuper to perform cutting edge experiments in both our home labs and at world-wide user facilities on high temperature superconductors and related compounds.

What we offer
The successful candidate is offered:

  • Access to two femtosecond laser laboratories
  • A unique combination of experimental techniques and approaches
  • A working environment with teamwork, close working relations, network activities among young scientists and social activities
  • A workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance

Place of Work
The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000, Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments. 

Contact Information
Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Simon Wall, email:
Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

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Simon Elliot Wall

Simon Elliot WallAssociate professor, Department of Physics and

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