The Department of Quantum Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology invites candidates for a tenure track assistant professor position to complement, extend and strengthen the department’s competence in the experimental fields of quantum matter, quantum transduction, and quantum sensing.


  • PhD
  • 40 uur per week

Job description

Quantum physics has been blooming in recent years as a hotbed of scientific and technological innovation with a broad research landscape explored by a worldwide community. Our department’s research programme focuses on new strategies 1) to design, build and characterize quantum materials, 2) to convert quantum information between different systems by means of transduction, and 3) to develop quantum sensors endowed with the ultimate sensitivity of quantum probes. From these research areas, the fundamental building blocks of future quantum technologies will emerge. We aspire to play a central role in the ongoing endeavor to unlock the tremendous potential for innovation that lies in the quantum world.

We are looking for a promising scientist with recognized expertise in any of these areas from fundamental and/or technological perspectives. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on the study of novel paradigms in quantum matter, such as topology, symmetry and coherence, as well as highly responsive quantum sensors and transducers. We seek candidates whose research profile expands our research directions while also creating synergy with research groups in the department.

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.

Consideration of applications for a tenured associate or full professor level position may be given to qualified individuals.


  • PhD degree and expertise in a field relevant for the position.
  • Ability to supervise, train, and support junior researchers.
  • Ability to define and pursue an own research direction, evidenced by the track record and recommendations.
  • Ability to design and deliver clear and engaging education.
  • Ability to collaborate in research, educational and organizational projects.

Conditions of employment

The department offers

  • Competitive start-up package to enable a quick start of the research program
  • Collaborative atmosphere in our department with broad expertise range
  • Independence and support for own research line
  • Well-equipped lab with professional lab technicians
  • contract following the university collective labor agreement
  • Professional and personal development

All Delft University of Technology tenure-track position are offered for six years. In the fifth year we’ll decide if you will be offered a permanent faculty position, based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the appointment.

We expect candidates to have the potential to grow towards an Associate Professor and/or Full Professor role in the future.

Inspiring, excellent education is the university’s central aim. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on 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.

TU Delft

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty AS

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor’s and specialist Master’s programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

To learn more about the research and researchers within the Department of Quantum Nanoscience check our website

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, or information about the tenure track procedure, please contact Etty van der Leij, Department Manager, email:

The department of Quantum Nanoscience is dedicated to promoting equality, creating a safe environment for everyone, and we believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, socioeconomic background and strongly encourage applications from minorities.

Application procedure

In order to apply, please submit, in addition to your CV and a list of your research outputs, a research statement (max 3 pages) in which you explain what you consider your most important achievements as well as your vision of the future research and how this would fit in the department QN. Also add an education statement outlining your experience and ideas for education (1 page).

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Applications submitted by March 22, 2021 will receive full consideration.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

No agencies please

Keywords: Vacancy, Research, Assistant Professor, Quantum Nanoscience, Fulltime, Delft, Zuid-Holland