Assistant Professor in Quantum Communications with focus on Multidimensional Quantum States and Integrated Photonics

DTU Fotonik
Wednesday 08 May 19

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The High-Speed Optical Communication group at DTU Fotonik, Technical University of Denmark invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in the topic of quantum communications in multidimensional systems.

The assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position.

The position will be a part of the Centre of Excellence SPOC (Silicon Photonics for Optical Communication) supported by the Danish National Research Foundation. The objective of the project is to investigate novel fibre based quantum communication protocols exploiting multidimensional quantum systems, and to develop new integrated silicon devices for advanced quantum communication.

Responsibilities and tasks
The responsibility for you as a new assistant professor is to lead and develop the experimental research on multidimensional discrete variable fibre based quantum systems, focusing on long distance and high rate quantum protocols.

As a new assistant professor is expected to collaborate and interact with other researchers within the Fotonik Department. Supervision of PhD-students and post-docs is an important part of the responsibilities. Teaching on the order of 50% is included in the position.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering or equivalent and experience with performing numerical simulations, experimental demonstrations and field-trial implementation of quantum communication systems.

Moreover the candidate shall have additional skills as:

  • Experience with optics (both fibre and free-space), including both linear and nonlinear techniques
  • Experimental experience with spatial encoded multidimensional quantum states with focus on quantum communication systems (e.g. OAM and MCF)
  • Experience with chip-to-chip multidimensional quantum communications
  • Experience with on-chip quantum information processing
  • Experience with realizing high-speed quantum and classical optical communication systems in fibre
  • Experience with in-field tests, both free-space and fibre based systems
  • Good understanding of digital communications
  • Demonstrated Ability to write independent research applications to both Danish and European funds.
  • Demonstrated experience in taking part in and creating national and international networks within the subject area
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • Experience in student supervision at B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels
  • Interest and experience in University teaching and course evaluations
  • Demonstrated track record of high-impact publications in the field
  • Demonstrated ability to attract external funding is considered to be merits for consideration for the position.
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to: 
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills
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.

An assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position.
After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Leif K. Oxenløwe,  

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 22 May 2019 (local 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
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
Applications and enclosures 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.

DTU Fotonik has 210 employees with competences in optics and is one of the largest centres in the world based solely on research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.