Assistant Professor in experimental physics, Tenure Track

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Physics is looking for an

Assistant Professor in experimental physics, Tenure Track (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 17-374

Key responsibilities

The Leiden Institute of Physics, established as the first physics department in the Netherlands, has a long tradition of excellence in fundamental research with value for society. Its research spectrum encompasses ten research themes, ranging from cosmology to soft-condensed matter, from network theory to ultramicroscopy and from living systems to quantum optics. The institute fosters an international atmosphere with strong interactions among the various groups as well as with other departments at the Leiden Faculty of Science.

Within the framework of a newly created Quantum Software Consortium we collaborate with groups at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, the QuTech Institute for Nanoscience at the Technical University Delft, the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) and the Institute of Physics at the University of Amsterdam. To strengthen this consortium we have an opening for a faculty position in experimental physics / tenure track.

The Leiden Institute of Physics invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We are looking for an experimental physicist with the potential for running a world-recognized independent research program in the broadly defined area of quantum optics and information. Together with the current staff (s)he will help shape the future physics research program in Leiden. Gender balance is an explicit aim of our Institute. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualifications, female candidates will be given preference.

Selection criteria

You have a Ph.D. degree in physics and several years of experience at the postdoctoral level. You have demonstrated a strong interest in an academic career through your activities and publication record. You are a stimulating teacher who will take part in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You are expected to be successful in acquiring research funds, and to contribute to the management and organization of the Institute. You are eager to play a pivotal role in the quantum software consortium. Furthermore, you have excellent communications skills in English, both written and verbal. You are expected to master the Dutch language in 2 years’ time.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

The Leiden Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from mathematics, computer science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

Terms and conditions

Our Tenure track is expected to lead to a promotion to a tenured position as associate professor and eventually to grow into the role of a full professor. With our Tenure track we offer you a clear and inviting career path to support you in the development of your personal and professional talents. It has a strong focus on coaching and training. A special mentor program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group, in order to develop your academic leadership skills.

We offer a 6 year term position, with the possibility of a tenure position based on performance. Salary range from € 3475 to € 4757 gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification . If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent it’s obligated to obtain this qualification within two years.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


For more information, please contact Prof. Eric Eliel, email Additionally, you can visit the websites of the Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Physics and


For full consideration, written applications, including a brief statement of research plans, a full CV, a list of publications, as well as the names and addresses of at least three persons who have agreed to be contacted for reference, should be submitted no later than 1 November 2017 to:

Leiden University
Faculty of Science / Leiden Institute of Physics
Attn. Prof. Eric R. Eliel
P.O. Box 9504
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

Laatst Gewijzigd: 19-10-2017