Assistant Professor, Theoretical Physics Research in Quantum Technologies (Computing, Communications, and Materials Simulation)
Last updated: December 13, 2023, 1:07 p.m.
Job title: Assistant Professor, Theoretical Physics Research in Quantum Technologies (Computing, Communications, and Materials Simulation)
Position code: 21_T_PHYS_M
Date posted: December 13, 2023
Application deadline: February 16th, 2024
Advertised until: Position is filled
The Department of Physics in the Faculty of Arts and Science invites applications for a tenure-track position in Theoretical Physics: Research in Quantum Technologies (Computing, Communications, and Materials Simulation), at the rank of Assistant Professor. Duties include research, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the institution. We are seeking candidates with a specialization in subfields including, but not limited to, theoretical physics approaches towards applications of quantum computing, the development of quantum algorithms, simulations of quantum materials, quantum communications and cryptography. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong independent physics research program, supervise graduate students, secure significant external funding, and establish collaborations with members of the Department of Physics, as well as with external partners across Quebec and Canada. Open-access infrastructure available in Quebec includes: QUANTUM ALGOLAB which is a platform providing access to IBM’s quantum computer in Bromont, Quebec. DistriQ a Quantum start-up incubator, NUMANA a quantum communication network for research purposes, Calcul Quebec’s supercomputers (via DRAC) and MonarQ quantum computer.
Qualifications and assets
Candidates must have completed their PhD in physics, or a closely related field, and have relevant postdoctoral experience by the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are scholarly and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, including reading and grading student work in French, is an asset.
How to apply
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Application packages should be addressed to Dr. Valter Zazubovits, Chair of the Department of Physics, and must include: a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae (including a description of any career interruption(s) and impact)); copies of three (3) representative publications; a five (5) page outline of the proposed research program, which should also address potential for collaborations within the Department, Concordia, other Quebec Universities, and beyond; a one page diversity statement outlining their perspective on, and demonstrated experience with, diversity and inclusion (see below for more details); as well as a statement of teaching philosophy/interests (if available, attach any teaching evaluations). Candidates must also arrange to have three (3) letters of reference submitted by the referees themselves. Applications and letters of reference must be submitted electronically directly to AcademicJobsOnline.org at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/26716 by February 16, 2024, but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to commence in August 2024. Any inquiries about this position should be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Valter Zazubovits at email@example.com.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to:
• teaching about underrepresented populations
• mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
• committee work
• offering or organizing educational programming
• participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
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The Department of Physics has focused its recent hires in two strategic research fields: (i) nanoscale and quantum materials, and (ii) biomedical physics, while maintaining active research groups in particle physics and physics education. The department is growing and diversifying its research and programs rapidly and is a hub for quantitative multidisciplinary sciences, with deep connections to other science and engineering departments across the university and beyond. The department has extensive state-of-the-art research infrastructure relevant to experimental and theoretical study of quantum materials, including a state-of-the-art dilution cryostat, electronics, optics, and fabrication infrastructure, as well as extensive nanomaterials research facilities.
Relevant research centers at Concordia University include CERMM (Centre for Research in Molecular Modeling) and SRC (Security Research Centre). The city of Montreal and the province of Quebec are home to a rich and welcoming research ecosystem of universities and research centers with extensive activities in quantum materials and technologies. You can find additional information about the department’s research groups here, and information about our programs and community here.
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Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.