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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Photonic Integration

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Photonic Integration

The Department of Electrical Engineering is looking for a motivated, creative, and innovative professor in the field of photonic integration, to strengthen, broaden, and synergistically complement our existing efforts in this field.
Position
Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
Department(s)
Electrical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
31/05/2022
Reference number
V36.5528

Job description

Are you a passionate researcher in the field of photonic integration looking for a new challenge?  We have an open position for someone to complement our existing efforts in (mostly) InP-based photonic integration. Areas of interest include, though not exclusively, new technologies, such as heterogeneous integration, also including other III-V materials like GaN and GaAs, heteroepitaxy on silicon substrates, nanophotonic structures, including nanolasers, topological insulators, nonlinear materials, and plasmonics, and electronic-photonic integration.  You are encouraged to seek for synergy with the Nanolab infrastructure, which includes, a.o., a unique 4” InP Pilot Line, for highly robust and reproducible epitaxial growth and processing. Areas of interest also include the link with applications, such as sensing and metrology, quantum technologies, communications, and computing.

The candidate is expected to set up an independent research profile in such an area, supervise PhD students and postdocs, and contribute to the education at BSc and MSc level.

Field
Photonic integration is the technology to combine various optical components, such as lasers, photodetectors, modulators, filters and waveguides, on a single substrate, thereby creating a photonic integrated circuit, or optical chip. Applications can traditionally be found in communications, but over the last decade, applications in sensing, metrology, lidar, and (quantum, neuromorphic, optical) computing have strongly emerged, also in industry. The main technology trends are towards higher electrical (modulation) bandwidths, lower-loss and more robust circuits, wider wavelength-range coverage, further miniaturization and integration density, and closer integration with electronics.

About us
The Photonic Integration group at TU/e has a long track record of setting pioneering results in indium phosphide (InP) based photonic integration.  Our group consists of approximately 55 members, including 8 permanent faculty members. We are a key player in the field, as evidenced by our founding and coordinating role in the globally-leading Joint European Platform for photonic integrated components and circuits JePPIX.  We take a leading role in driving InP-based photonic integration towards the next level. A key enabler for our work is our Nanolab cleanroom facility, which specializes in III-V processing.

Department
Our group is part of the Department of Electrical Engineering, which is one of the nine departments at TU/e. It employs 892 staff members and has 1.130 BSc/MSc students, making it the largest electrical engineering education in the Netherlands. The working language, including education, is English.

Institute
The Photonic Integration group is part of the recently established Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute, focusing on exponential technologies, most notably photonics and quantum technology, for a sustainable information society. The EHCI brings together researchers from various Departments, to stimulate collaboration and synergetic research, and to create joint roadmaps for strategic investments. It is one of the only four TU/e institutes, showing the clear commitment of our university to photonics as a main strategy for excellent research and valorisation.

Brainport region
TU/e is located at the heart of the Eindhoven Brainport region, a high-tech ecosystem, which includes multinationals like ASML, Philips, NXP, and Signify, institutes like imec and Holst Center, and stale-ups like SMART Photonics, EFFECT Photonics and PhotonFirst. This makes Eindhoven a unique place for innovation, with lots of options for technology transfer and industrial collaboration. The Dutch government has identified photonics as a key enabling technology, which is reflected in the large amount of opportunities.

Job requirements

  • A PhD degree in a relevant topic, with an excellent track-record (according to career stage) demonstrated by high-quality research output;
  • A proven track record of working with photonic integration technology, and/or the clear ambition to develop oneself in such a direction;
  • A clear and ambitious research vision and teaching vision;
  • Excellent communication, organization skills, and leadership skills;
  • Strong cooperation skills and the ability to work in teams.
  • Ability to teach or, assist in the teaching process, shown by experience as well as positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Experience in acquiring external research funding from (inter-)national funding bodies or, industry is an asset.
  • Excellent proficiency (written and verbal) in English

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network.
  • Free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • For women candidates, a substantial startup package in line with the Irène Curie Fellowship will be granted.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information
Screening of applications and interviewing starts immediately, while the position remains open. 

For general information regarding working at the TU/e, please visit www.tue.nl/jobs.

Candidates are encouraged to contact us before they apply to get more information about the position. Please contact prof. Kevin Williams (k.a.williams[at]tue.nl) and/or prof. Martijn Heck (m.heck[at]tue.nl).

For information about terms of employment, please contact Cyndi Geurts, Recruiter, (c.g.geurts[at]tue.nl).

How to apply
If you are interested in the position of tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor and would like to apply, we invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • A detailed CV including a full list of publications and achievements. Please also select 5 publications of specific importance and briefly describe their impact;
  • A research statement of 2-3 pages;
  • A teaching statement of 1-2 pages;
  • The contact information of three referees. These will not be contacted unless you are shortlisted and invited for an interview;

Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary please combine files.