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An academic position in Quantum technologies (1 FTE)

An academic position in Quantum technologies (1 FTE)


Vacancy Reference : 26744 / SC 021 / 2021 (to be quoted in any correspondence)


UCLouvain invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured full-time position in Quantum technologies 


UCLouvain is a comprehensive university offering, in the context of the present position, the opportunity of cross-disciplinary research and teaching collaborations. Within the Science and Technology Sector, the position is attached to the Faculty of Science and to the Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences that offer opportunities for diverse and stimulating teaching as well as an environment to carry out ambitious research. The Louvain-la-Neuve site offers a unique living environment conveniently located at the heart of Europe. 


The successful candidate will mainly teach in the field of atomic and molecular physics and optics. These courses concern in particular quantum mechanics and experimental techniques to describe and characterize the atomic, molecular and light states as well as the description and characterization of the interaction between these different objects (for example population transfer, entanglement and coherence, photo-ionization, multi-photon regime and strong coupling, collision physics). The selected candidate should therefore teach subjects such as quantum optics, atomic physics, molecular physics and/or the description of ultra-fast phenomena.

The successful candidate will also commit to basic physics courses in the Faculty of Sciences as well as outside the Faculty or in the Science and Technology Sector. He or she is expected to be able to develop innovative pedagogical approaches adapted to different audiences.

The successful candidate will develop and drive a cutting-edge research program in the field of "quantum technologies". The research themes will fall under one or more of the directions identified in the "Quantum Technology Flagship" which is part of the European Commission's Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Programme, globally around the design, manipulation, control and/or simulation of quantum objects, using experimental techniques and/or simulation, and/or theoretical approach. Three possible topics of research are identified :

  • creation, control, and/or metrological measurements of particular atomic or molecular states via different laser techniques or the use of electric or magnetic fields;
  • experimental or theoretical studies involving extreme conditions of light-matter interaction in terms of time-scale, field, frequency or spatial dimension(s);
  • the development and/or the study and/or the simulation of nano-objects used for the manipulation of quantum information or to answer fundamental questions.

- Be responsible for teaching courses at all study levels (i.e. undergraduate and postgraduate), as well as in programmes of continuing education;
- Supervise the final diploma research (i.e. theses) of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as PhD theses;
- Be involved in (and/or supervise, promote) research programmes;
- Be available to carry out, in the long term, different service activities and take on responsibilities within the University and its entities; 
- Contribute to the international visibility of the University through teaching and research excellence;
- Contribute to activities of the University with a societal impact in the fields of the economy, socio-cultural changes or cooperation with developing countries.

General conditions

Required Qualifications : the applicant must have
- A PhD degree in Sciences or Engineering sciences or any comparable discipline;
- Either studied abroad for an extensive period or have had substantial experience outside his or her university of origin;
- A significant scientific record with international publications;
- Experience in and the aptitude for teaching at university level, demonstrated if possible by formal assessments;
- The capacity to work within a team of teachers and to integrate research findings into teaching;
- Creativity and must be open to teaching innovation and interdisciplinarity;
- The capacities required to undertake high-level academic research: capacity to raise research funds, to supervise projects, to animate and lead a research team;
- Team management and communication skills, including if possible fluency in French and English, spoken and written. Otherwise, the applicant will be asked to acquire them within two years after taking office, in order to be able to communicate and teach in these languages. Knowledge of other languages is an additional asset.

The level of recruitment (appointment to the rank of lecturer or professor) will be discussed if a proposal is made to you, in connection with your previous academic experience. For more information, see: jobs.uclouvain.be.
Our HR policy supports equal opportunities and diversity including in the academic career. Attention is also paid to reconciliation of private life and professional life.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at noon

Starting date:  1st  September, 2021

Further information :
Prof. Enrico Vitale, Dean SC – doyen-sc@uclouvain.be
Prof. Bernard Nysten, President IMCN – president-imcn@uclouvain.be

Localization:  Science and Technology Sector
                        Faculty of Science (SC) (https://uclouvain.be/en/faculties/sc)
                        Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN) (https://uclouvain.be/en/research-institutes/immc)