Group Leader in Quantum Optics Theory

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 29 Feb 2024

Would you like to be part of an innovative and inspiring organization? At QuTech, we are looking for a Principal Investigator in quantum optics theory.

We are looking for an excellent theoretical scientist with recognized expertise in quantum optics and quantum networks to join QuTech as a Group Leader. Ideally, you find inspiration in collaborations with quantum information experimentalists, engineers, and theorists.

You will be appointed within the QuTech Career Track, with the expectation of a permanent, tenured, position following a positive evaluation after 1 ½ years. Consideration of applications for a tenured position are possible for exceptionally well-qualified and more senior individuals. You can expect a start-up package to enable a quick start of your research program and group. 

At QuTech (a collaboration between TU Delft and TNO) over 300 scientists and engineers work together to develop scalable prototypes of quantum computers and a quantum internet, in a highly interdisciplinary environment. The position is embedded in the Quantum Internet division, which focusses on quantum networks and distributed quantum computation. Together with the Departments of Bionanoscience (BN) and Quantum Nanoscience (QN), QuTech constitutes the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft, creating further collaboration opportunities.

If you are motivated to teach, it is possible to participate in the university curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level, in collaboration with the faculty of Applied Sciences. 

This position is established as part of the Quantum Software Consortium (QSC) program by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. QSC is hosted by three research clusters: QuTech, Leiden University, QuSoft (a collaboration of the University of Amsterdam, CWI and Free University Amsterdam). You will be expected to contribute to the QSC for the duration of the grant (2027), and to find synergy with related research in the Quantum Internet Division at QuTech.

You should have a successful scientific track record and formulate an independent research program addressing current scientific and technological challenges.

Furthermore, we are looking for a colleague who is passionate, committed and respectful. In QuTech group leaders, we value leadership and a sense for initiative in combination with a strong team spirit and willingness to contribute to the organization. We expect a positive, open-minded and professional attitude, and a strong work ethic. Finally, we are looking for candidates with excellent communication skills and intercultural sensitivity.

You will be offered a QuTech career development track (1.0 FTE). You will start with a temporary contract of 18 months that will be converted to a permanent contract after a positive evaluation, based on continuous confidence in your development potential and fit in the organisation. During the QuTech career development track, we expect you to develop from a starting Group Leader to a Group Leader 2 level within 5 years (or a maximum of 8 years).

Being part of the QuTech career development track, you will be offered ample opportunities to develop yourself in the areas of, Research, Societal Impact & Innovation, and Leadership & Organisation. You will regularly discuss your development and results with senior staff based on personalized development and performance criteria agreed upon at the start.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities starting at scale 11 (€ 4.332,00 - € 5.929,00). For senior candidates an option to start at scale 12 could be considered (€5.247,00- € 6.737,00). The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged and you can work partly from home.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service addresses the needs of new international employees and those of their partners and families. The Coming to Delft Service offers personalised assistance during the preparation of the relocation, finding housing and schools for children (if applicable). In addition, a Dual Career Programme for partners is offered. The Coming to Delft Service will do their best to help you settle in the Netherlands.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent, and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration. 

TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. 

TU Delft/QuTech offers a customizable compensation package, an attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance, generous holidays, 13th month pay (paid as a pro-rata bonus in December), a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.  

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.  

For candidates that are motivated to teach we offer a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) program.  

TU Delft sets high standards for the English proficiency of its staff and offers training to improve English proficiency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer optional courses to learn the Dutch language. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Tim Hugo Taminiau ([email protected]).

To apply, please send the following information to the above email address:

  • Cover letter with motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications and invited presentations
  • Description of research interests and plans
    (Guideline: 1-page summary + 5-10 pages detailed statement)
  • The names and contact information for up to four references
  • Applications submitted by 29 February 2024 are guaranteed to receive full consideration.



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