Position of Director, Trento Joint Laboratory for Quantum Science and Technologies

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Trento Joint Laboratory for Quantum Science and Technologies
30 September, 2018


Department of physics, University of Trento
Via Sommarive, 14
Trento 38123
46° 3' 55.584" N, 11° 9' 2.034" E

The newly funded Trento Joint Laboratory for Quantum Science and Technologies (Quantum at Trento, Q@TN) invites expressions of interest from highly motivated senior scholars for the position of Director.

This is a unique opportunity to shape the way the quantum science and technologies research area in the Trentino region will develop in the coming years, given that this field has become an established priority at the European level through the funding of the Quantum Technologies (QT) flagship program.
Q@TN is a joint initiative of the University of Trento (UniTN), the National Research Council (CNR) and the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK) aimed at co-ordinating their on-going activities and to start new ones in the field of Quantum Science and Technologies both for research/technological transfer and education/training. Q@TN has the ultimate goals of: (i) developing a common strategy shared by all Trentino actors in the field, (ii) building up a critical mass and (iii) making Trentino emerge as a reference point at European level.
Q@TN will start with an expected budget of approximately 2 Meuro spanning a three-year period. Ph.D students and postdocs will be hired via competitive selections of scientific projects presented by the research teams involved in Q@TN. The activities of the new personnel complement the ones already planned in each team, funded through other sources, and are aimed at developing inter-team research initiatives and consolidating interdisciplinary research along the following lines: fundamental quantum science, quantum communication, quantum computing, quantum simulations, future sensors and metrology.

Candidate Profile
The successful candidate will promote and strengthen synergies between different teams with different expertise, from fundamental quantum science to technological applications; pursue a program focused on consolidating the international visibility of the research actors, to assume an important role in the European landscape and increase the chances of success in competitive bids on QT Flagship calls; supervise the selection of a number of positions for young researchers; promote the use of available facilities, including a micro-nano fabrication facility capable of producing state of the art devices based on CMOS/MEMS/photonics and their combinations; promote the transfer of knowledge and technologies to local and national industry, companies, and/or start-ups in the forms supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The successful candidate will also be an effective communicator in and out of a university setting, willing to share his/her vision at the national and international level.
Candidates for the position of Director of Q@TN are senior scholars in the area of quantum science and technology with leadership and management experience in an academic setting or in research institutes. They must be an international recognized figure in quantum science and technology broadly and have a demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard research program. Researchers in all areas of quantum science and technology are encouraged to apply.
Depending on the scientific qualification and/or academic position, the University of Trento may offer a position of professor, either fixed-term or permanent, to the selected candidate, within which the director’s own team of research can be possibly built and run.

The joint laboratory Q@TN is formally based on a three-year agreement among the partner institutions. The appointment of the Director has the same duration. The agreement is renewable.

Application procedure
Applications must be sent to the address info.qtn [at] unitn.it within 31 august, 2018. The application has to contain the CV, the publication list, a research statement and the names of three referees. To assist with the procedure, an advisory committee will evaluate the applications and select a short list of candidates. The advisory committee is composed by: Tommaso Calarco (chairman, University of Ulm, Germany), Alain Aspect (Institute d’Optique, France), Daniel Esteve (CEA-Saclay, France), and Peter Zoller (IQOQI, Innsbruck).

The Q@TN partners will then contact the selected candidates in order to confirm their interest and plan the subsequent formal steps.

Closing date
The selection process is expected to end in September 2018.

For enquires contact:

Prof. Gianluigi Casse
Director, Centre for Materials and Microsystems - FBK
casse [at] fbk.eu

Prof. Lorenzo Pavesi
Head, Department of Physics - University of Trento
lorenzo.pavesi [at] unitn.it


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