SOLID positions

We are looking forward to receiving your application

Within SOLID we have hired 12 PhDs and 2 post docs within the last year - and we are still hiring. In addition other junior scientists are associated with SOLID. Currently we have three open positions – in relation to dark field microscopy at ESRF and the ERC project: The physics of Metal Plasticity

  1. PhD position in Synchrotron based X-Ray Microscopy 

(deadline: May 15)

Your mission is to conceive, develop and implement x-ray microscopy studies of the microstructure of metals. This will involve experiments at the instrument at ESRF, complex data analysis and interpretation of results. As the instrument is first-of-its-kind, there are many possible avenues for the PhD study. For this position we favor candidates with a degree in physics or materials science. You should

  • Have a solid grasp of diffraction, solid state physics and linear algebra
  • Be skilled in data analysis with proven experience with programming, e.g. Python
  • Be skilled in experimental work

Previous experience with synchrotron based science or TEM or materials microstructures is an advantage but not required

More information and how to apply:  PhD position in Synchrotron based X-Ray Microscopy – DTU Physics - DTU Candidate Site Karrierer (


  1. Postdoc in Scientific Computing: Coupling 3D Experimental Movies with Materials Simulations

           (deadline: May 15)

The new hard X-ray microscope at the European Synchrotron Radiation Source (ESRF can visualize how atomic-scale defects, dislocations, self-organize into patterns during plastic deformation of metals. Our aim is to use this advantage to generate a new generation of materials models, that are based on first principles. Coupling the vast 3D experimental movies with advanced dislocation dynamics simulations requires novel numerical tools and data science approaches. You will be responsible for developing and implementing such algorithms and in particular for  interfacing the high dimensional experimental data with the mechanical models of the tensor fields around dislocations. For this position we favor candidates with a degree in data science, materials science or physics. You should:

  • Be skilled in robust algorithm development.
  • Be confident with complex linear algebra and optimization.
  • Have a systematic approach and thrive in a cross-disciplinary group.

Previous experience with modelling of dislocations or pattern formation is an advantage but not required.

More information and how to apply: Postdoc in Scientific Computing: Coupling 3D Experimental Movies with Materials Simulations – DTU Physics - DTU Candidate Site Karrierer (

  1. Post-doc in X-ray microscopy 

This person will be outstationed at ESRF, Grenoble. 

(Deadline: coming soon) 


The job openings are advertised at the universities, so please use the links above to start your application and follow the instructions in the job adds.





Why us?

SOLID is a center of excellence with more than 40 researchers that in a unique way couple materials and health science with 3D neutron and synchrotron based imaging. We work together in a dynamic, friendly team to solve questions of relevance to e.g. energy, health and climate.

The SOLID group has a work environment that it is interdisciplinary, international and inclusive. We are creative and diverse. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply to SOLID openings, regardless of their personal background.

Our vision

The vision of our center of excellence is to visualize the internal structure of such materials, their creation and change in use – in 3D and on all the relevant length and time scales. This means we can generate and apply a new generation of far more realistic multiscale material models. This would be a fundamental "game changer" in materials science, as better models are exactly the piece that is missing in order to be able to realize the dream of designing new materials using computer models.

Similarly, multiscale 3D description will be the key to improved understanding of basic issues in bone and dental biology, and thus for the development of new drugs and diagnostic methods e.g. in osteoporosis. Moreover, the new high throughput 3D imaging methods will facilitate massive digitizationof fossils and as such be invaluable for progress in understanding human evolution and climate change.


Why Denmark?

Denmark offers a good work-life balance. English is spoken widely even if Danish is the main language. The working language is English. Danish universities have a quite ‘flat’ work culture where input is solicited from all employees.

Danish cities are known for having excellent infrastructure, for example through widespread bike path networks.

Denmark has a thriving food-scene, excellent museums, beautiful natural scenery, etc. All SOLID member cities are situated in lively student-rich cities with “young populations” resulting in a multitude of cultural events such as music festivals etc.

The positions

As a cross-disciplinary center we are seeking candidates with a background in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, materials science and geology; we do however expect you to be comfortable with physics, chemistry and mathematics.

For the PhD positions, no experience is required but keen interest and a drive for solving problems is necessary and documented knowledge.

Our expectations about you, as a person

You are excited about fundamental science and applying the results to solve practical problems of importance to society.

We expect that you like to be part of a team, that you have a sense of humor, you are a good problem solver, enjoy helping others and that you are also able to work effectively and independently.