Full Professor of Experimental Quantum Physics

University of Amsterdam
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Working at the UvA

The Faculty of Science occupies a leading position internationally in its fields of research and participates in a large number of cooperative programmes with universities, research institutes and businesses. The faculty has a student body of around 4,000 and 1,500 members of staff, spread over eight research institutes and a number of faculty-wide support services. A considerable part of the research is made possible by external funding from Dutch and international organisations and the private sector. The Faculty of Science offers eleven Bachelor's degree programmes and nineteen Master’s degree programmes in the fields of the exact sciences, computer science and information studies, and life and earth sciences.
Since September 2010, the whole faculty has been housed in a brand new building at the Science Park in Amsterdam. The installment of the faculty has made the Science Park one of the largest centres of academic research in the Netherlands.
The Institute of Physics (IoP) of the Faculty of Science combines the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI) for experimental physics, the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITF) en the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) and is one of the large research institutes of the faculty. Within the WZI division, the Institute of Physics has a vacancy for a

Full Professor of Experimental Quantum Physics

for 38 hours per week
vacancy number W12-108

The new chair forms an integral part of the nationally recognised Sectorplan for Physics and Chemistry (SNS) research priority Quantum Matter & Quantum Information (QMQI) and the science faculty Research Priority QMQI. The research will be conducted in the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics, a division of the Institute of Physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam.
The IoP is looking for candidates who are outstanding and creative experimental physicists in quantum physics, and who will provide new avenues for research within the terrain of the QMQI research priority while complementing the existing research effort in both theory and experiment in the IoP. One possible direction is to exploit modern methods for the manipulation of light and the exciting new possibilities this offers for instance in hybrid quantum systems. Here, fields such as metamaterials, nanophotonics and quantum dots or atom chips could come together or overlap. Such research could also play an important role in activities geared towards new concepts for photovoltaic energy conversion, or lead towards new probes of energy transfer and light emission processes in novel nanocrystal platforms for light management and optical conversion. Another possible avenue would involve emergent electronic materials, in which exciting possibilities exist for synergy with ongoing research in the IoP on the generation and investigation of systems such as topological insulators and unconventional superconductors.
The research priority QMQI is organised from the UvA Science Faculty's Institute of Physics and brings together five research groups in the Science Park focused on the experimental and theoretical study of Quantum Matter (QM) and applications in Quantum Information (QI). The reach of the collective of researchers [from the UvA's Institutes of Physics, Mathematics, Logic Language & Computation and the NWO's Center for Mathematics & Computer Science] is very large, stretching from experiments in quantum matter via theoretical physics to quantum information theory and mathematical foundations.
A detailed description of the position may be downloaded below.

The chair holder of Experimental Quantum Physics will:

  • Coordinate, initiate and supervise research activities of the Chair of Experimental Quantum Physics;
  • attract funding from external sources (NWO or industry) for the research activities;
  • play a leading role in teaching activities in the undergraduate education programs BSc Physics & Astronomy; joint BSc Physics and Mathematics; BSc Beta-Gamma as well as in the Physics MSc track Advanced Matter & Energy Physics (IoP-WZI, AMOLF, VU). Teachers are on average expected to teach two 6EC courses each year;
  • contribute to the management of Van der Waals Zeeman Institute, the Institute of Physics and the Faculty of Science.


  • Track record of excellent experimental research, as evident from publications in international top journals and other characteristics of international recognition;
  • track record in successful acquisition of substantial financial support for research;
  • communicative and organisational skills fitting to the role of a full professor and scientific group leader;
  • excellent track record in the supervision of experimental research by students and PhD students.

Prior knowledge of the Dutch language is not a requirement; however, the professor will be expected to acquire a working knowledge of the Dutch language within two years of his or her appointment.

Further information
Further information and a detailed description of the position can be obtained from prof.dr. D. Bonn, head of the WZI and chair of the searching committee; email: D.Bonn@uva.nl.

This is a tenured position based on the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The salary is in accordance with the university regulations for academic personnel, and will range from € 4.904,- up to a maximum of € 8.622,- gross per month (scale H2/H1), depending on expertise and previous experience. The holiday allowance will be 8% per year and the end of year allowance 8,3%.

Job application
To save paper and the environment, all applications and responses will be sent by e-mail only. Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae detailing research experience and a list of publications and references. All these should be grouped in one PDF attachment. Please e-mail your application to application@science.uva.nl, quoting the vacancy number in the subject line.
The closing date for application is 15 August 2012.
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Deadline for Application: 
Aug 15 2012