Professor and Quantum Initiative Leader, Quantum Information Science and Engineering

University of Tennessee

Chattanooga, TN

Job posting number: #7180934

Posted: September 20, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

In 2022, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) launched an institutional initiative in Quantum Information Technology with the goal to establish a program known for excellence in education, innovation, and economic development enabled by Quantum Technology (QT). Based on progress achieved to date, we seek to fill several positions as we evolve the initiative into a Quantum Center within the UTC Research Institute. The initiative is the focal point for cross-disciplinary teams performing applied research and development (R&D) and delivering an effective education program of great value to students and individuals already in the workforce. Of particular interest are use cases of QT in advanced energy systems, and in smart city applications. The initiative will expand on and add to the quantum sensing effort that was launched in 2022/23 by Dr. Tian Li.

Part of our Quantum R&D and educational infrastructure is a lab located on the UTC campus, connected to the EPB Quantum Network powered by Qubitekk. This lab is equipped with a Quantum Network Interface Console, an 8-channel Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detector (SNSPD), 3 quantum entanglement sources (two at 1570 nm, one at 810 nm), and optical hardware for quantum optics experiments both at 810 nm and 1570 nm.

The center will have strong ties to Departments and Programs in STEM (e.g., Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering) and non-STEM (e.g., Communications, Sociology, Economics, Entrepreneurship), and it will advance collaborations with partners in the Chattanooga ecosystem, in academia, industry, and national labs such as the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

The Quantum Initiative seeks an experienced quantum scientist or engineer, up to full Professor rank (12-month), to lead the overall effort. The leader will be expected to continue her or his research program, mentoring faculty, post-docs and students, and advancing the collaborative and cross-disciplinary work environment at UTC and in the Chattanooga ecosystem.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

· Provide leadership for the initiative team.

· Represent the effort in all internal and external interactions.

· Engage with an advisory group.

· Organize teams to leverage internal funding and partnerships to capture significant extramural funding and build a sustainable portfolio of activities.

· Help shape the developing QISE curriculum at UTC, teach and mentor students.


· Advanced degrees (PhD or equivalent required), awarded in relevant areas of Physics, Engineering, or Mathematics with a strong commitment to advance and apply QT.

· Experience in strategy development and successful research leadership in quantum networking, sensing, or computing, and use cases of QT.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills.

· Strong publication record indicative of successful teamwork.

Application Process

For full consideration, in addition to the online application, candidates must include the following:

letter of interest,
a current curriculum vitae,
copies of transcripts
research statement
Additionally, candidates will need to include names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references for confidential letters of recommendation to be requested.

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Job posting number:#7180934
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
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