Assistant Professor in integrated photonics

Reference number REF 2024-0132

The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience hosts a unique environment for research and education in photonics, microwave engineering, quantum technologies, photonics and nanofabrication. Our research is supported by an in-house world-class infrastructure for clean-room processing (the Nanofabrication Laboratory).

The Photonics laboratory at MC2 is a dynamic and creative group with about 30 members working in an international and collaborative atmosphere. We perform both curiosity-driven and applied-research in the areas of optoelectronics, silicon photonics, and fiber-optic systems. We enjoy a state-of-the-art laboratory for fiber-optic communications and have access to in-house cleanroom facilities to manufacture photonic devices engineered at the nanoscale. Part of our recent research efforts focus on chip-scale frequency combs, silicon nitride photonics and next-generation optical communication systems featuring ultra-fast data rates (>1 Pb/s).

We have taken the strategic decision to strengthen the area of integrated photonics with the recruitment of a tenure-track Assistant Professor.

Assistant Professor in integrated photonics
We have recently established an excellence center in the area of integrated photonics, supported by the Swedish Research Council (see To support the long-term competitiveness and development in this area, we are now seeking outstanding candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position who will pursue a strong and international leading research programme related to integrated photonics technologies. We particularly welcome applications from junior researchers that will bring complementary expertise.

We offer you the chance to design a unique and autonomous research programme, networking with specialists, students and entrepreneurs across disciplines and departments. Additionally, the successful candidate will receive competitive start-up funding, relocation support, leadership programmes, mentoring, etc.

The appointment as Assistant Professor is an entry-level faculty position with tenure-track whereby the employee has the opportunity to acquire both pedagogical and scientific qualifications. Each new Assistant Professor at Chalmers is a strategic recruitment, with tenure track. An Assistant Professor is expected to improve his or her ability to formulate and solve scientific problems, to publish scientific articles, and to develop abilities in teaching and supervision, by means of both practical training and independent study. One assessment will be conducted after two years, and an additional assessment for granting tenure will be conducted in conjunction with the period of appointment reaching its conclusion.

With our long-standing tradition in photonics research at Chalmers, you will have access to a large network of international collaborators. Chalmers has also identified several areas of strong excellence research, including nanoscience and nanotechnologyICT, and materials sciences that enable cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental collaborations. In addition, we host several research and innovation centers that allow researchers to collaborate closely with international industries and research institutes. In addition to the Metapix centre, at the FORCE centre, we coordinate all research at Chalmers related to optical communication technologies. At the C3NiT centre, we investigate III-nitride materials and devices for high performance mm-wave and power electronic systems. The 2DTech centre hosts research on new 2D-materials and technological innovations.

In summary, Chalmers offers a broad range of opportunities for you to quickly establish and further develop your future academic career in integrated photonics

Key responsibilities and expectations
We strongly encourage applicants with a research profile in integrated photonics that complements existing expertise within the department and fosters collaboration with other core areas, such as quantum and high-speed electronics. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, integrated lasers, high-speed modulation/detection, heterogeneous integration or inverse design techniques.

You will contribute by:
- Actively developing a distinct line of research through independent projects.
- Contributing to education at all levels.
- Supervising masters and doctoral students.
- Raising external research funds.
- Participating in joint departmental and university-wide undertakings.
- Leading dissemination activities in integrated photonics.
- Participating in national and international collaborations.

To qualify for the position, you have a doctoral degree in a relevant field not older than 7 years prior to the application deadline. Exceptions can be made for longer periods resulting from parental leave, sick leave or military service*.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in building a research group and attracting external funding and who are interested in research and education. You are open-minded and interested in collaborating across borders within and outside Chalmers. You also have interest in - and experience from - teaching and supervision as well as a post-doctoral or equivalent stay at an institution other than the one where the PhD was awarded. Teamwork, leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial skills are clear advantages.

You have:
- Conducted research at the highest international level, demonstrated by e.g. publications in the leading journals of the field and/or presentations at leading conferences.
- Documented experience in integrated photonics by design, evaluation and/or manufacturing.
- Demonstrated ability to establish national and international collaborations.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in English.

For a full description of the qualification requirements for an Assistant professor position at Chalmers, please consult our Appointment regulations, Chapter 6.4.

If Swedish is not your native language, Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

* The date shown in your doctoral degree certificate is the date we use, as this is the date you have met all requirements for the doctoral degree. 

Position Summary
The appointment as Assistant Professor is a four-year entry-level faculty position with tenure track, whereby the employee has the opportunity to acquire both pedagogical and scientific qualifications. An Assistant Professor is expected to improve their ability to formulate and solve scientific problems, to publish scientific articles, and to develop abilities in teaching and supervision, by means of both practical training and independent study. The aim is to achieve the level of Associate Professor within four years and if successful you will be offered a permanent faculty position at Chalmers.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with 20240132 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

Please follow the instructions for compiling an application for a research and teaching position at Chalmers.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
One page where you:
- Introduce yourself
- Describe your motivation for applying to this position and what attracts you about Chalmers
- Describe how you support your colleagues and bring about a good working environment
- Include names and full contact information of two references that we can contact

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
- Your CV (please see the CV guidelines).
- Include a list of publications.

Research and teaching statement: (Please name the document as: Research statement, Family name, Ref. number)
One to three pages where you:
- Describe your previous research and teaching experience and focus
- State your future research and teaching goals and focus
- Describe how you complement our existing competences and how you could create synergies between our existing research groups

Required documents:
- Certificate or Diploma verifying your doctoral degree
- Verification of leave, if relevant
- Documents verifying awards and recognitions stated in your CV, leadership or teaching activities, etc, and other documents relevant to support your application
- Copies of a maximum of five relevant publications that cannot be accessed via your ORCID, Scopus ID or ResearcherID, if relevant.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered. 

Application deadline: April 22, 2024

For questions, please contact:
Victor Torres Company 

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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