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Assistant professors in experimental quantum matter and optics, tenure track

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
2.0 (2 positions)
External/ internal
Placed on
12 May 2020
Closing date
14 August 2020

9 more days to apply

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Physics invite applications for two

Assistant professors in experimental quantum matter and optics, tenure track

Key responsibilities
The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) is searching for two new faculty members in its section experimental quantum matter and optics, with an emphasis on electronic properties. Candidates should develop their own research program, connecting to and expanding on existing research at LION, which ranges from (engineered) quantum materials to quantum optics and photon-matter interactions, and from physics of energy to the interface of physics and chemistry. Candidates can benefit from our existing infrastructure which include extensive thin film preparation, nanolithography (including EBPG and FIB), magnetotransport measurement facilities below 1 K, as well as microscopy techniques such as low-temperature STM, LEEM, AFM, break junctions, and various single molecule fluorescence techniques. In exceptional cases, appointments at associate or full professor level may be considered.

  • Establishing an independent, internationally recognized research line, with publications in leading scientific journals;
  • Successful acquisition of external funds through research grants;
  • Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in physics;
  • Supervision of BSc and MSc students in their research projects;
  • Contribution to the management and organization of the institute.

Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in physics and research experience at the postdoctoral level;
  • Strong interest in an academic career as evidenced through activities and publication record;
  • Excellent communications skills in English, both written and verbal;
  • Strong commitment to teaching and willingness to further develop teaching skills.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It counts more than 2,200 staff and almost 4,200 students. Personal and academic development are top priorities. The Faculty is committed to expand fundamental knowledge in a curiosity-driven way and to look across the borders of its various disciplines. The aim is to let science benefit, and at the same time to make a contribution to the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science, organised in eight institutes, ranges from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The teaching programmes comprise eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. It is located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. The Faculty is located in the beautiful town of Leiden (by train: 20 min to the airport, 30 min to Amsterdam, 4 hours to Paris). Leiden has a large historic center and a lively restaurant scene.  

We offer a tenure track that upon successful performance will lead to promotion to a tenured position as associate professor and upon continued growth in that performance to promotion to a full professor position. A criterion for tenure is a reasonable proficiency in the Dutch language and we actively support learning of Dutch through departmentally funded courses. We offer a competitive start-up package, a clear and inviting career path, and support in the development of your personal and professional skills, for example through coaching and trainings. A special mentoring program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group as well as with senior staff members in the department.

The QMO community in Leiden consists of a number of experimental groups in Quantum Matter and Quantum Optics, as well as several theory groups working in Quantum Matter and Quantum Information, see our website

We are embedded in the Leiden Institute of Physics, with its long-standing tradition of excellence in physics research. Apart from the above-mentioned state-of-the-art preparation and measurement facilities, low-vibration space will be available in our new ultramicroscopy hall, and LION experimental groups are (at no costs) supported by excellent mechanical and electronic workshops. We foster an international and collaborative atmosphere and have close ties to especially the TU Delft, through our joint Casimir Research School, as well as to the University of Amsterdam,  SRON, and many institutes abroad.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time, 6 year term position, with the possibility of a tenure position based on performance. Salary range from €3,637  to €4,660  gross per month (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).  In exceptional cases, candidates at the associate or full professor level will be taken into consideration.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. Gender balance is an explicit aim of our institute. We strongly encourage women to apply and will give preference to female candidates in case of equal qualifications.

Enquiries can be made to  Jan Aarts, email director@physics.leidenuniv.nl, telephone  +31 (0) 71 527 5708, also for questions about the procedure.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Barry Cats, email cats@physics.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • a full CV including a list of publications, your teaching experience and a link to your Google Scholar page;
  • pdf’s or links to 3 key publications and your PhD thesis;
  • a brief description of your research plan;
  • name and address of at least three persons that can be contacted for a reference.

We encourage candidates to apply no later than August 14, 2020, when we will start the reviewing process.

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