Tenure-Track Professorship (W1) „Nanophotonics“

Job description

We are looking for an individual with an independently acquired junior research group and the potential to represent excellent  research and teaching in the field of nanophotonics at the KIT Faculty of Physics. The focus of the Tenure-Track Professorship should be in the area of novel optical metasurfaces. Therefore, the person to be appointed should address topics such as the conception, design, fabrication, and characterization of optical metasurfaces and their applications. In particular, tunable metasurfaces should be explored within the scope of the Tenure-Track Professorship.

The Tenure-Track Professorship “Nanophotonics” will be established in Division 5 – Physics and Mathematics. The future position holder will lead a newly established Group/Research Unit "Optical Metasurfaces" at the Institute for Nanotechnology (INT) and will contribute to work in the Helmholtz Research Field “Information” and especially in the program “Materials Systems Engineering”.

You will execute university tasks with a teaching obligation of 6 hours per week per semester, if you have been evaluated positively. In other cases, your teaching obligation will be 4 hours per week per semester. Adequate participation in course and special lectures on nanophotonics, in seminars, and other teaching events in the physics degree programs, as well as supervision of bachelor's and master's theses, is expected.

KIT offers an excellent environment for research in nanophotonics. In addition to providing the necessary technology for nanostructuring optical metasurfaces, there are numerous collaboration opportunities within the INT, the KITDepartment of Physics, and KIT as a whole. KIT hosts the Karlsruhe Center for Optics & Photonics (KCOP), the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) for doctoral training, and the KIT Center MaTeLiS.

Personal qualification

Employment is subject to Art. 14, par. (2) of the KIT Act in conjunction with Art. 51 LHG Baden-Württemberg (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) as well as to the Quality Assurance Concept for Junior Professorships and Tenure-track Professorships at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The individual to be appointed should be distinguished in the field of nanophotonics. A prerequisite for employment is the successful acquisition of a junior research group, with its funding period less than halfway through at the time of this announcement.

 we offer

Organizational unit

Division V - Physics and Mathematics, Institute of Nanotechnology (INT), KIT Department of Physics

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Contract duration

Employment is limited to six years as a civil servant for a fixed term or as a salaried employee. Before the expiry of the third year of work, an interim evaluation will take place. The evaluation procedure and evaluation criteria are outlined in the Quality Assurance Concept for Junior Professorships and Tenure-Track Professorships at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The following subject-specific criteria are of particular importance for the interim and final evaluations: Independence and originality of the research, scientific visibility, publication performance in renowned journals with peer-reviewed processes, acquisition of third-party funds, outstanding commitment in teaching, positive teaching evaluations, successful supervision of final theses (B.Sc./M.Sc.) and dissertations, as well as active participation in committee work in the KIT Department. In case of a positive final evaluation, you will be offered a full professorship (W3).

Application up to

October 15, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Carsten Rockstuhl, phone +49 721 608-46054.


Please mail your application with the relevant documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications, diplomas/certificates, teaching evaluations, description of previous and planned research and teaching activities, research and teaching concept, description of your own contributions in the above-mentioned areas, acquired third-party funds, statement on scientific honesty), preferably as a single PDF file, to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Division V, Head of Division Prof. Dr. Marc Weber, E-Mail: dekanat@physik.kit.edu


vacancy number: 1270/2024


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