Professor in 'Nano-Opto-Electronics'
Category: Academic Staff & Researchers
1 - Working at the VUB
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freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our
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the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing
academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
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critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in
2 - Position description
The Faculty of Engineering , Department Electronics and Informatics ,
is looking for a part-time professor.
More concretely your work package contains:
Education and Research domain:
You must take care of education and teaching within the domain of
(nano-) electronics at Master level. In a later stage (after 5 years)
also teaching at Ba level in Dutch will be part of the educational task:
You contribute to Bachelor courses to be taught in Dutch in disciplines
related to semiconductor physics, electronic and opto-electronic devices,
including inspiring lab sessions to trigger the interests of students in
practical measurement techniques.
You contribute to master courses taught in English and which cover the
following topics: advanced semiconductor device physics for nano-and
optoelectronic devices; semiconductor device manufacturing and processing
technologies and TCAD simulation tools.
You will contribute to courses in the Bachelor program of Engineering and
the Master programs of Photonic and Electrical Engineering. The courses in
the Bachelor program are taught in Dutch; these of the Master programs are
taught in English.
You will supervise master theses and internships in collaboration with our
institutional and industrial partners.
You conduct research within the department of Electronics and Informatics
(ETRO). The department has an internationally renowned track record, in
nano-and opto-electronics, multi-modal sensor design, data capturing,
embedded systems and IoT/computer networks and communication to advanced
multi-dimensional signal and image processing, data representation and
visualization techniques, and physical and computational analysis, machine
learning theory and algorithms for explainable A.I. and data mining.
The R&D activities of ETRO cover fundamental and strategic basic research
and these activities are recognized at university-wide level with funding
coming from multiple strategic research programs (SRPs). Due to its
longstanding expertise, ETRO is also recognized as a group of excellence
of applied research (GEAR). This has led to eight successful spin-off
In terms of research and innovation activities, you will inspire and
oversee the research on nano- and optoelectronics, which requires:
You have in-depth expertise in advanced semiconductor physics and nano-and optoelectronic devices.
You have in-depth knowledge of fabrication technologies for advanced III-V and III-N semiconductor devices.
You have in-depth knowledge in nano- and optoelectronic design-technology and TCAD.
You will be (co)promoter of PhD students.
You actively promote the educational programs and the department.
Finally, you are prepared to have a bridging function with third parties:
universities, research institutes and companies, and you have a strong
affinity with industrial partners and industrial projects.
For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
(Elsene) will serve as your home base.
3 - Profile
What do we expect from you?
The primary formal requirement is that you hold both a degree in academic
engineering in electronics, or telecommunication and a PhD in Engineering.
If you are a new enthusiastic team member and you are passionate about
innovation and willing to support the development of nanoelectronics, then
you can join our team.
You dispose of a practical mindset, excellent collaboration skills, and a
problem-solving attitude. These are required to integrate well with the
collaborative spirit that we foster in the department. The strength of the
team is to jointly identify and tackle societal relevant and industrial
applications and develop feasible and effective solutions.
Furthermore, you will inspire and guide a research group with several PhD
collaborators and master students. To this end, you train and motivate co-
workers, and engage and interact with your colleagues in a friendly and
You will be collaborating with other research groups, industrial partners
and with other universities at national and international level.
You will facilitate and organize these interactions and define joint
projects, manage these projects, and report results adequately.
You must also be willing to integrate in the ETRO department and in the
faculty of engineering and define the steppingstones and the vision
underpinning the scientific strategy of the department and the faculty.
You master the teaching languages at CEFR level C1 (or equivalent) for
each program, and that this must be demonstrated by means of a
qualification certificate issued by an officially recognized body.
In terms of education, we are looking for someone who can convey knowledge
to the audience in an inspiringway, who adapts seamlessly to the level of
the audience, and who displays empathy towards the public.
In view of fulfilling our expectations that our future team member
possesses the capabilities todefine, guide, and execute research and
innovation projects, experience with the following is appreciated:
in-depth knowledge of nanoscale high mobility Si-Ge devices, III-V and III-N semiconductor devices,including device modelling,
in-depth knowledge of heterogeneous integration techniques,
in-depth knowledge of characterization techniques on semiconductor devices for 5G technologies andbeyond,
You have collaborative interdisciplinary and international research projects in the fields above.
You subscribe to the university's vision of education. The full text in
relation to this is available on the university website.
Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a
A member of the academic staff who is entrusted with a teaching assignment
must also be able to demonstrate that the language of instruction is known at
ERK level C1 through a qualification certificate or through an adequate
diploma. The VUB also provides courses in, for example, academic English.
The administrative language of the VUB is Dutch. In case of insufficient
knowledge of Dutch, the VUB will provide an integration course. After a
maximum of five years, a member of the academic staff must demonstrate
adequate knowledge of the administrative language (ERK level B2).
For a complete overview, please consult the complete language regulations on
https: // jobs.vub.be/content/Regulations-concerning-language-proficiency/.
Certificates demonstrating knowledge of the language can already be added to
4 - Offer
Are you going to be our new colleague?
You'll be offered an appointment as professor , for an assignment of 0.1
FTE , for 3 years (renewable, on condition of the positive
evaluation of the activities), with planned starting date 01/10/2023.
You'll receive a salary linked to one of the scales set by the government.
At the VUB, you're guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where
you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.
As well as this, you'll enjoy various benefits:
Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport
according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
Cost-free hospitalisation insurance ;
The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
Excellent facilities for sport and exercise ;
Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants ;
An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work-
life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of
leave (based on a fulltime contract).
5 - Interested?
Is this the job you've been dreaming of?
Send us ONLINE and at the latest on 13/04/2023 :
your motivation letter, including your vision on education and research,
and an explanation about the development of your future research;
your curriculum vitae, including you academic dossier;
your degrees and diplomas (not applicable for VUB alumni) and language
Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Johan Stiens at 026292397
or on [email protected]
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