Professor in Quantum Light Devices

Updated: about 2 months ago

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.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Documented experience and quality of teaching and curriculum development
  • Research impact and experience, funding track record and research vision
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicants’ qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities .   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department Lars-Ulrik Aaen Andersen, email: , tel.: +45 4525 3816 or from Professor Jesper Mørk, email: , tel: +45 4525 5765.  

You can read more about DTU Fotonik at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .   

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than30 November 2021 (Danish 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) addressed to the President
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here .   

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. In a typical year, DTU Fotonik educates 30 PhD students from more than 25 countries and our student numbers are constantly growing. 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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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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