Postdoc Positions – Synergies between Tomography and Fusion Plasma

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Do you want to contribute to future sustainable energy? Are you looking for an opportunity to expand your research areas through applied mathematics and plasma physics? Then this is for you!

We invite applicants for two 2-year Postdoc positions to be hired at either DTU Compute or DTU Physics. These positions are part of the research project “Tomography of Alpha Particles in Fusion Plasma (TAPP)” funded by Villum Foundation. As our new colleagues, you will be part of a diverse and very committed team.

The university itself is located in the greater Copenhagen area, which is acknowledged for its excellent standards of living, childcare and welfare system.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The goal of the TAPP projects is to exploit and further develop the novel tomographic reconstruction methods to explain new physics of the energetic alpha particles by using comprehensive data from the fusion device through velocity-space tomography. Success of the project requires close collaboration among between the mathematicians and the physicists.

  • Postdoc 1 is employed at DTU Compute. Your task is to develop regularization technique to represent the data and the corresponding numerical algorithms. The candidate must have a solid background in inverse problems and numerical analysis.
  • Postdoc 2 is employed at DTU Physics. You are expected to study how to extract and utilize prior information from simulated data. The candidate should have deep understanding on the physics of fusion plasmas, and preferably also have basic knowledge on commonly used numerical algorithms in inverse problems.

Results from your research will advance velocity-space tomography technique and contribute to the diagnostics of the world’s first fusion reactor to produce net energy, ITER, which is currently under construction in France.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 terms of employment
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 2 years, and we aim for a starting date 1 January 2023 or as soon as possible after that.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from the PIs, Associate Professor Yiqiu Dong, email: and Associate Professor Mirko Salewski, email:

You can read more about DTU Compute at and DTU Physics at  

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.   

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 22 October 2022 (Danish time). 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications
  • Links to other material that may be relevant.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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