Assistant Professor - Photonics Engineering

School/Institution:University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Copenhagen

Discipline: Photonics Engineering

Employment Type:Full-time


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Assistant professor / Associate professor in Experimental Quantum Photonics

Associate Professor / Tenure track Assistant Professor in Experimental Quantum Photonics

Niels Bohr Institute

Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

The Niels Bohr Institute announces the availability of a faculty position within experimental quantum photonics. The position can be filled at the level of associate professor with tenure or a tenure track assistant professor.

The successful candidate must have a strong background in experimental quantum photonics preferably with a research profile in one or more of the following areas: advanced quantum photonics devices, solid-state photon-emitter interfaces, or photonic quantum simulators.

The successful applicant is expected to be able to attract and lead major research programs and to collaborate internationally. Furthermore, the research program should strengthen and have strong synergy with other quantum optics activities at the Niels Bohr Institute.

We seek an outstanding scientist who has

  • The talent and vision to define a vigorous independent research program
  • The scientific maturity to supervise students, teach, and bring own research ideas to fruition,
  • The ability to attract external funding in open competitions at national and international levels.

Needed qualifications at the Assistant Professor level: Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered.

  • The tenure track assistant professor's duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication / scientific communication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within Quantum Photonics. To a limited extent the position may also include other duties.
  • Needed qualifications at the Associate Professor level: Applicants are required to have university level teaching experience, documented teaching competencies and must be able to explain and reflect upon own teaching practice and portfolio.
  • Formal pedagogical training or supervision equivalent to the University of Copenhagen teacher training program for assistant professors is required. Candidates at associate professor level should ideally have been responsible for lectures and course development as well as supervision at both bachelor and master's levels. International teaching experience will be considered an advantage.
  • The associate professor's duties also include the applicant's own research, development of the field, assessment tasks, grant applications, and research management such as supervision and training of research fellows and other staff. The successful applicant must also teach, supervise, prepare and participate in examinations, and fulfill other tasks requested by the Department.

Current faculty at The Niels Bohr Institute is active in broad areas of theoretical physics including Astrophysics (including Planetary Sciences and Cosmology); Biophysics and Biocomplexity; Geophysics (including Ice, Climate, and Earth Sciences); High Energy and Astro-particle Physics; and Quantum Physics (including condensed matter, atomic, molecular and optical).

The position will be embedded in the Quantum Optics Section at the Niels Bohr Institute within the DNRF Center of Excellence for Hybrid Quantum Networks (Hy-Q). The section covers a broad range of research topics within quantum-information processing both experiment and theory, including solid-state quantum optics, quantum optomechanics, and atomic physics.

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Prof. Peter Lodahl, Director of Hy-Q:, Prof. Jan W. Thomsen, Head of the Niels Bohr Institute, or Assoc. Prof. Joachim Mathiesen, Deputy Head of Research,

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, original scientific production at an international level, including contributions to developments in their field, as well as their documented teaching qualifications. Managerial and out-reach qualifications of applicants including ability to attract external funding will also be considered.

Six overall criteria apply for assistant professor / associate professor appointments at the University of Copenhagen. The six criteria (research, teaching, societal impact, organisational contribution, external funding and leadership) are considered a framework for an overall assessment of the candidates. Furthermore, each candidate must be assessed according to the specific requirements stated in the job advertisement. Please read more here:

The tenure-track assistant professor program

An assigned mentor will provide the tenure-track assistant professors with guidance related to career development, other academic topics and administrative procedures.

Performance of the tenure-track assistant professor will be followed via internal yearly evaluations and a mid-term and final international evaluation by an assessment committee. If the 'final appraisal' is positive you will be promoted as associate professor. Performance and progression towards the criteria below will be evaluated with due consideration of differences between research fields.

Criteria for promotion for tenure track assistant professors

After a 6-year tenure-track period tenure-track assistant professors are expected to meet the following criteria:

A strong publication track record within the specific field of research, including a significant number of corresponding authorships and at least some publications in high-ranked journals based on work carried out during the tenure-track period

Strong external network of collaboration, including joint publications

A significant track record of successful external research funding

Establishment of a strong and internationally competitive research group demonstrating clear independence of former supervisors / mentors, or / and major contributions to the development of an existing research group demonstrating an ability to collaborate within the research group

Completed and established a teaching portfolio via participation in teaching, including preparation and development of departmental courses

Successful supervision / co-supervision of MSc and PhD students

Terms of employment

  • The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
  • Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.
  • For associate professor - commencing salary is currently up to DKK 481.751 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 82.379)
  • For tenure track assistant professor - The starting salary is currently up to DKK 437.843 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 74.871).
  • Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The position may be applied for at the tenure track assistant professor level or associate professor level. Please note that it is possible to apply at more than one level. If applied at more than one level, separate applications must be submitted (see below).

Applying for the tenure track assistant professorship, please include

  • Curriculum vitae including:
  • Please describe and document international network and relations
  • Please describe and document internationally based activities
  • Positions held at universities / research institutions outside Denmark
  • Outreach activities, ie popular lectures or other activities in the media
  • Grants held, personal or in part. Career development grants.
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans
  • If available, description and documentation of teaching and supervision experience and qualifications- please describe and document:
  • Experience with supervision of BSc and MSc students
  • Teaching experience
  • Formal pedagogical training
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of up to 5 particularly relevant papers

Applying for the associate professorship, please include

  • Curriculum vitae including information about external funding
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan - description of current and future research plans
  • Description and documentation of teaching experience and qualifications according to university guidelines
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 5 particularly relevant papers

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