Assistant Professor - Quantum Information Science

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Thursday, December 15, 2022


The Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University seeks applications from exceptional experimental physics candidates for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor to work at the interface between silicon-based quantum information and photonics. SFU Physics is carving out a distinct profile within the quantum information science community at a time when the commercialization of quantum information technology is both growing and transforming the field. We have a strong atomic, molecular and optical physics, and quantum information (AMO/QI) group that has ties to other groups in the department and across the university and participates actively in provincial and national quantum information science initiatives.

The Department of Physics engages a faculty complement consisting of 25 research-focused and 5 teaching-focused faculty members. We have strong undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to public outreach. Our research strengths are concentrated in the areas of AMO/QI, biological physics, condensed matter, particle physics, and cosmology. For further information about our department and programs, we invite prospective candidates to visit our home page at

The core duties of an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics are to engage in research, teaching, and service. The typical workload distribution for tenure-track assistant professors at SFU is 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service. The responsibilities, terms, and conditions of employment of research faculty are listed in the SFU-SFUFA Collective Agreement.

Candidates are required to hold a Ph.D. in Physics and to have directed research in experimental quantum information that has achieved wide recognition. They should be recognized as an emerging international leader in the field. They should have experience applying for funding and supervising the work of research personnel. Strong preference will be given to candidates who are positioned to build upon the achievements in silicon-based quantum information research in the Department. In addition, we seek a colleague whose track record illustrates our shared values of equity, diversity and inclusion, collegiality, and commitment to respectful interactions with students, staff, and faculty.

To apply, applicants should provide a single PDF file inclusive of and bookmarked for the following components:

A concise cover letter (maximum two pages) that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, including how you would contribute to SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion;
An up-to-date, full curriculum vitae that lists your education and employment history, publications and presentations, funding and awards, research personnel supervision, collaborations/partnerships, teaching experience, and service activities;
A 1-2 page research statement that describes your research experience, goals, and a five-year plan for your research program;
The names and email addresses of at least three individuals who will be able to comment on your strengths in research, teaching, and service.
SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g. parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have had an impact on their career. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and non-traditional areas of research and/or research outputs; demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the previous institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.

All applications should be addressed to Dr. Barbara Frisken, Chair, Department of Physics, submitted via an online application form available at: [https:/]. The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on December 15, 2022. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to the Assistant to the Chair at

At the intersection of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and community engagement lies Simon Fraser University, Canada’s engaged university. With three campuses located in beautiful British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey - our students, faculty, and staff are privileged to live and work on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen Peoples.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty; please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants. If you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations, please contact the Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

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