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Tenure-track assistant professor in quantum materials (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University
Utrecht University
USD per year
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At the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, we are looking for a candidate who will strengthen our profile in the field of quantum materials. This includes a wide range of forms of quantum behaviour in natural or artificial (meta)materials and various research methods, focusing on fundamental aspects and applications in sustainable technology. Great importance is attached to complementarity and cooperation with several existing research lines within the group, the institute, and the department.

You will conduct experimental research with a view to fundamental knowledge and/or innovative applications. Your research will focus on measuring optical, electronic, or other physical and chemical properties of quantum materials, as well as on (long or medium-term) applications of the above systems in the field of sustainable technology. To achieve this, you can make use of the existing infrastructure of Utrecht University, for example in the field of (confocal, scanning probe or electron) microscopy, spectroscopy, and (femtosecond) laser facilities. We value close collaborations with the Institute for Theoretical Physics as well as related research groups in other departments. You will initiate and maintain collaborations with other institutes, for example in the context of the Strategic Alliance with Eindhoven University of Technology, and preferably also with the high-tech business community.

Additionally, you have a passion for education, demonstrated by extensive teaching, outreach, or supervision experience, and good evaluations and/or references. Ideally, you have an educational qualification (BKO) or are willing to obtain one in the near future.

Finally, Utrecht University has put Open Science at the heart of its scientific mission. In this light, particular attention will be given to candidate-initiated collaborative projects, innovative approaches to data and software sharing, and outreach activities.


We are looking for a driven and committed candidate who can complement us on a personal as well as professional level. We would also like you to have:

  • a PhD in Physics or a related field;
  • experience as a Postdoc. Preferably you have gained experience at different institutions and in different countries or fields;
  • demonstrable experience in independently initiating and/or maintaining collaborations with other institutes or departments (considered an advantage);
  • a vision on (future) research directions for your research area;
  • experience in the acquisition of research funding and the supervision of research projects;
  • a vision on teaching and your own contribution to teaching;
  • the ability to speak and write English fluently.


  • depending on your qualities, ambitions, and current position, we offer you a full-time position on a tenure track or placement in a permanent position (which could be preceded by an 18-month temporary contract);
  • a full-time gross salary, depending on previous qualifications and work experience, that ranges between €3,821 and €5,943 per month (scale 11-12 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.


The position is embedded in the Nanophotonics group, part of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science and the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University. Our research focuses on the shaping and control of light and matter waves and their applications in technology for a sustainable society. Our existing research lines focus on the fundamental physics of Bose-Einstein condensates, optical metrology for industrial and medical applications, and light-material interaction at very high intensities. We work closely with groups that conduct research into, among other things, the theory of quantum materials, the experimental realization of electron waves in quantum materials constructed on an atomic scale, electrochemistry, catalysis and energy storage materials, and self-assembly of quantum materials.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about us.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts researchers, professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.


If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Professor Allard Mosk (

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to

We will strive to have part of the selection procedure (second interviews) live at Utrecht Science Park.

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