DTU Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Design and Simulations of Single-Photon Sources

Tuesday 19 May 20

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The Quantum and Laser Photonics Group at DTU Fotonik is seeking a candidate for an Assistant Professor position in the field of design and simulations of highly efficient solid-state sources of single indistinguishable photons.

Single-photon sources (SPSs) play an important role in quantum information applications, which generally require near-unity efficiency and a high single-photon purity as well as indistinguishable photon emission. Furthermore, the ideal SPS should be deterministic and not involve heralding. The semiconductor quantum dot represents a promising platform for such a SPS, however a major challenge is to establish control of the light emission.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. We provide you with the best conditions including a mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, teacher training and relevant networks. After maximum 6 years you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, and if evaluated positively, you will acquire a permanent Associate Professorship.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will participate in a project team with several Postdocs and PhD students, which will design and fabricate SPSs meeting all the requirements of the quantum information applications. The optical simulations will be performed using a combination of the modal method, representing state-of-the-art in optical simulations of single-photon sources, and existing commercially available techniques, e.g. finite elements modelling. In addition, the indistinguishability of the emitted photons in the presence of phonon-induced decoherence mechanisms will be calculated using an open quantum system master equation approach.

Your overall responsibility is to set up the numerical simulations framework to be used in the analysis of high-performance SPSs. In a collaborative effort, the team will analyse and propose novel SPS designs allowing for a good compromise between offering high performance and representing a robust design compatible with fabrication constraints. Additional responsibility includes supervision of the PhD students working on the theory and the designs and of MSc and BSc students associated with the project. You will be required to take Learning Lab courses to develop your teaching skills and to eventually be responsible for one or more full courses. Finally, you are expected to prepare research grant applications and attract external funding.

At the end of the period as Assistant Professor, you must be able to be responsible for courses and to lecture in Danish. Thus, you must be willing to learn Danish during the Assistant Professorship.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). In addition, the candidate should have: 

  • Knowledge of quantum optics, cavity quantum electrodynamics and of quantum emitters in nanophotonic structures.
  • Experience with numerical simulations of the electromagnetic field.
  • Experience with Matlab, Python or a similar scientific programming language.
  • Willingness to work in close collaboration with an internal project team consisting both of theoreticians and experimentalists. Willingness to supervise PhD, MSc and BSc students, to teach full courses and to write and submit research grant applications.
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.

Tenure Track at DTU
DTU offers talented scientists from around the world attractive career perspectives via the DTU Tenure Track Programme. Highly qualified candidates are appointed as Assistant Professors for a period of up to six years with the prospect of performance-based advancement to a tenured Associate Professorship.

As part of the tenure track position, the candidate receives:
  • Access to state-of-the-art research infrastructur
  • Capability development, including postgraduate teacher training
  • A mentoring programme
  • Support to develop scientific networks and to secure interdisciplinary research at the highest level
  • As part of the DTU Tenure Track Programme, the University carries out a mid-way evaluation to review the progress of the tenure track candidate, according to the same criteria used in the final tenure review. If the final review is positive, the candidate will be offered a tenured position as Associate Professor at DTU
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.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Niels Gregersen, 
, tel.: +45 4525 3789. 

You can read more about DTU Fotonik at www.fotonik.dtu.dk/english

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 2 June 2020 (23:59 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
  • Vision paper
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of relevant employment
  • Documentation of interdisciplinary collaboration
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • 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 220 employees with competences in optics. As one of Europe’s largest public photonics research departments, DTU Fotonik covers a multitude of optical disciplines ranging from fundamental light-matter interaction and optical telecommunications to applied research and innovation. Our research topics include optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

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