Faculty position in Quantum Optics Theory

Delft University of Technology invites applications for a faculty position in theoretical physics at the Quantum Nanoscience (QN) department, with a focus on the area of quantum optics and with an interest in quantum networking. Consideration of applications for a tenured associate or full professor level position may be given to exceptionally well qualified individuals.

We are looking for an excellent theoretical scientist with recognized expertise in quantum optics. The ideal candidate finds inspiration in collaborations with both quantum information theorists and experimentalists. Candidates should have a successful scientific track record and be able to formulate an independent research program addressing current scientific and technological challenges. The candidate is expected to participate in the teaching of courses offered by the Applied Physics faculty both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level.

This position is established as part of the Quantum Software Consortium (QSC) programme: a 10-year grant funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. QSC is hosted by three research clusters: Leiden University, QuSoft (collaboration of the University of Amsterdam, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science CWI and Free University Amsterdam) and the Delft institute QuTech (a collaboration between Delft University of Technology and TNO). Within QuTech, about 200 scientists and engineers aim to develop scalable prototypes of quantum computer and quantum internet, in a highly interdisciplinary environment. The faculty position will be embedded in the QN department (see below), with a secondment for the duration of the NWO grant (until 2027) to QuTech, in its roadmap Quantum Internet and Networked Computing. The candidate is expected to contribute to the aims of the QSC programme for the duration of the grant, and in particular to find synergy with related research in the Quantum Internet and Networked computing roadmap at QuTech and at QN.

The department QN comprises an internationally oriented research environment aiming for the understanding of physical processes at the nanoscale and the development of novel quantum materials and devices, innovative fabrication and measurement techniques, and advanced theoretical models. The research at QN is focused on fundamental scientific and technological breakthroughs. Together with the Department of Bionanoscience (BN), QN and QuTech constitute the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft (KIND) established by the US-based Kavli foundation.The successful applicant can expect a startup package to enable a quick start of their research program. Candidates will be appointed on a tenuretrack basis with the prospect of a tenured position following a successful evaluation after maximally 5 years.

TU Delft is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increase the diversity of its faculty. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Information and application
For more information about this position please contact prof. Ronald Hanson (
To apply, candidates should send the following information to the email address (and include the job reference QOT-ZK-2019):
1. cover letter
2. curriculum vitae
3. list of publications and invited presentations
4. description of research interests and plans (1-page summary + 10-page max. detailed statement)
5. short teaching vision (max. 1 page)
6. the names of three people who could be contacted for a letter of reference

Applications submitted by March 1, 2019 will receive full consideration.