Physics: Optics and Laser, Physics: Photonics, Physics: Quantum
University of Latvia announces a competition for the position of a Principal investigator – an ERA Chair in Quantum Optics and Photonics (ERA Chair).
He/she should correspond to a qualification of a leading researcher (R4).
ERA Chair should develop Quantum Optics and Photonics at University of Latvia and implement the European Regional Development Fund project No. 220.127.116.11/19/A/003 “The Development of Quantum Optics and Photonics in University of Latvia”, which is a refinanced project submitted initially for EU Horizon 2020 ERA Chair programme.
ERA Chair is expected to be one of key persons who will boost the research performance of University of Latvia and will lead its active participation in European Research Area.
Main characteristics of the vacancy:
Work place: Riga, Latvia;
Research field: quantum optics and photonics;
Gross salary 8000 EUR/month;
Temporary contract (~ 01.10.2020. – 30.11.2023.) with a potential for continuation;
1. He/she holds a PhD in physics or engineering in the PROJECT domain;
2. He/she is an outstanding researcher with a Hirsch index of at least 25 (Google Scholar). An industrial experience will be an asset;
3. The research interests of the ERA Chair covers the eld of “Quantum Optics and Photonics” and are in general in line with the research interests of NSP FOTONIKA-LV research community and several research structures of the University of Latvia;
4. He/she is an outstanding, forward looking science manager with leadership experience (for example, laboratory leader, department leader etc.);
5. He/she has experience in project proposal design (e.g. Framework Programmes, etc.) and has good command of English. Experience with industry innovation activities will be an advantage;
6. He/she has good communication skills and an inspiring loyalty to the University fostering structural changes of the institution;
7. He/she is committed to work as an ERA Chair in full time position for the whole duration of the PROJECT and a potential willingness to keep the position longer (loyalty to NSP FOTONIKA-LV).
Candidates should move to Latvia for holding this position.
Main tasks of the ERA Chair:
To perform research in “Quantum Optics and Photonics” within NSP FOTONIKA-LV and the University resulting in at least 24 scientific publications in journals or conference proceedings. This indicator should be achieved by the ERA Chair and his/her team till the end of the PROJECT. Innovative activities should result in at least 2 patent applications;
To form and manage an ERA Chair’s research team of about 4-6 members that will be selected in an open competition via the EURAXESS portal. The team should contribute to the achievement of the results of the PROJECT, acting coherently with local colleagues, groups and labs. Local and foreign candidates are welcome for the participation in the competition;
To compete for research funding. The preparation of high quality project proposals, including at least 4 project proposals for Framework Programmes Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe or other international research funding programmes, at least 1 project proposal for European Regional Development Fund call and at least 1 project proposal for the Latvian Council of Science call;
To elaborate, in partnership with local researchers, the strategy for the progress in the field of “Quantum Optics and Photonics” at the University and in its units. To develop the “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers” for the NSP FOTONIKA-LV and the University. To foster and implement the necessary structural changes at the University needed for NSP FOTONIKA-LV to be a strong player within the European Research Area;
To sustain the existing and broaden the network of research and industry partners on the EU scale. To communicate and disseminate the results and the aims of the ERA Chair PROJECT. Supervise the preparation of two “Quantum Optics and Photonics - Riga 2021/2023” conferences and summer schools in Latvia. To offer a specific course on quantum optics and photonics;
To ensure the effective management of the PROJECT in collaboration with the project coordinator in order to achieve all measurable results of the PROJECT that are set in the PROJECT’s description.
Additional task of the ERA Chair will be:
7. To monitor the full landscape of “Quantum Optics and Photonics” in Latvia, Europe and world-wide, and adapt and lead accordingly.
Keywords of the call: quantum optics, optics, photonics, atomic and molecular physics, quantum technologies, laser technologies, materials science, applied physics
Selection of a best candidate for an ERA Chair will be accomplished in two rounds.
The first round is the current worldwide open competition. Applicants are expected to submit:
Motivation letter (that includes description of his/her research and leadership experience, vision for a work in the ERA Chair position, and information concerning 1-3 colleagues to be contacted for an opinion on the candidate).
Application deadline: 15th August 2020.
Documents submitted by candidates will be evaluated and ranked by the Selection committee and best few candidates will be nominated for the second selection round.
In the second round, applicants will be invited to give a presentation (remotely or by visiting University of Latvia) to the Selection Committee describing their research activities, vision and work plan for the role of ERA Chair in Quantum Optics and Photonics of University of Latvia (travel costs will be covered by the PROJECT).
About University of Latvia
University of Latvia (UL) is the largest higher education institution in Latvia with more than 15 000 students, and provides programmes of all academic levels (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral), encompassing 28 scientific fields and 22 study directions. UL realise its research activities in 17 institutes and departments.
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