Professor in Quantum Light Devices

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Nov 2021

Addressing global challenges such as good health and well-being, affordable and clean energy, and climate action requires new solutions brought about by new technologies. Quantum information processing is a disruptive new technology enabling, for example, ultra-secure communications using quantum cryptography and unprecedented computing power provided by the quantum computer as required for, e.g., drug design in the health sector. 

DTU Fotonik , the Department of Photonics Engineering at DTU , invites applications for a position as full professor working with advancing optical quantum information technology, where the quantum bits are encoded on photons. As part of a photonics engineering department, the focus area is the design and fabrication of quantum light devices, which form the building blocks for future optical quantum communication and -computing protocols. An example of such devices is solid-state sources of single indistinguishable photons featuring deterministic emission, high efficiency, high purity and high indistinguishability of the emitted photons, as required for scalable optical quantum information with thousands or millions of photons. 

As a professor in this position, your job will be to secure that DTU Fotonik establishes a world-leading position within novel quantum light devices. You will be a success in this position if you can build up an activity and perform cutting-edge research on the design, fabrication, and demonstration of building blocks for future optical quantum technology. 

Responsibilities and qualifications

The research activity may be centered around the design and simulation of the light devices as well as the fabrication and experimental characterization of the devices. As a leader in this position, you will have highly developed networking skills. You are good at collaborating with other groups within and outside the department and you are expected to act as a role model and play an active role in seeking and promoting applications of the developed quantum light devices. You have also a clear vision for the future development of the research area of quantum light devices, including the identification of promising areas of application. And you can present this vision in an aspiring way that motivate a diversity of people around you to follow and contribute to realizing your vision. 

You should have expertise in the following areas: 

  • The physics, the technology and the applications of semiconductor quantum light devices.
  • Advanced numerical techniques for simulation of optical nanostructures and microstructures for confinement and guiding of light.
  • Fundamental quantum-optical properties of active semiconductor nanophotonic structures.
  • Designs of quantum light devices taking into account fabrication feasibility and meeting specifications for applications within scalable quantum technology.
  • Techniques for fabrication and experimental characterization of quantum light devices.

You should already have performed original research at the highest international level, and you should have well-documented international recognition within your research field. You should have a proven track record of attracting major grants both at the national and the European level. Finally, you should furthermore document experience with teaching at the BSc, MSc, and PhD levels within the areas of nano optics, quantum optics and semiconductor photonics. 

You are expected to take a lead role in teaching at the BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses. 

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