Assistant/associate Professor in Quantum Computing and Information Processing at Télécom Paris - CDI

Job description


Télécom Paris, a founding member of Institut Polytechnique de Paris and a part of IMT (Institut Mines-Télécom), is ranked as one of the top 5 engineering schools in France. Recognized for its invaluable corporate connections, Telecom Paris is an institution with a strong sense of community and international representation. This public higher-education establishment guarantees excellent employability in all sectors and is the leading engineering school for the entire digital spectrum (from hardware to software technology).

With its high-level instruction and innovative pedagogy, Télécom Paris is at the heart of a unique innovation ecosystem which is based on collaborative classroom engagement, an emphasis on project-based training, and multidisciplinary research. Our scientific faculty are affiliated with two key research laboratories; first, the LTCI laboratory, which is recognized by the HCERES as a leading facility in the field of digital sciences and has a remarkable international outreach. And second, the i3 laboratory, Interdisciplinary Institute of Innovation (I3 - UMR 9217 of the CNRS), which carries out multidisciplinary research focused on innovation and in collaboration with the École Polytechnique and Mines ParisTech.

Based in Palaiseau, France at the heart of the Institut Polytechnique campus alongside the École Polytechnique, ENSTA, Télécom Sud Paris and ENSAE, Télécom Paris also has a central-Paris incubator at the epicenter of the French start-up ecosystem.

Télécom Paris is a living laboratory for all the major technological and societal challenges including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, IoT, cybersecurity, large-scale digital equipment (Cloud Computing), 5G/6G, and Green IT.


SCIENTIFIC CONTEXT

The recruited assistant or associate professor will join the IQA (“Information Quantique et Applications) research group, within the “Computer Science and Networks" department of Telecom Paris and the LTCI laboratory.
Note that the definitive job title (Assistant or Associate professor) will depend on the candidate’s experience.

Research

The targeted research area is the theory of quantum information processing. It will complement and extend the ongoing research activity of IQA on quantum communications and quantum computing, at the interface between computer science and physics. The candidate will integrate and contribute to animate a very dense and rich research environment. IQA is an active member of the newly founded QUANTUM center in which Institut Polytechnique de Paris and Université Paris-Saclay are joining their forces in order to build a leading international ecosystem on quantum technologies. IQA is moreover well positioned at National and European levels, currently taking part in two projects from the European Quantum Technology Flagship (OpenQKD and QSNP) and actively contributing to the French “Plan Quantique”. IQA is moreover about to become an “Equipe Projet Commune” Inria- IP Paris, hosted within LTCI. These combined elements shall contribute to provide an extremely dynamic and supportive environment, both scientifically and financially, for the development of the research activities of the future group member.

Start-up Package

The position is accompanied by a start-up package, funded by the IP Paris ExcellenceS program, which will allow the successful candidate to typically recruit 1 doctoral student and a post-doctoral researcher for 2 years.

Teaching

The successful candidate will contribute to teaching activities at Télécom Paris, at bachelor and master levels, including in computer science and quantum information science. He or she will also be able to teach in joint graduate programs with IP Paris or partner universities. Among the existing and relevant programs, IQA has developed a Quantum Engineering graduate option within Télécom Paris. Moreover, IP Paris has launched a PhD Track program in Quantum Information Science, attracting top-level international students at master level, providing great opportunities to supervise talented students. Moreover, IQA is also involved in the recently created ARTeQ master program in quantum technologies, in partnership with Université Paris-Saclay, that notably aims to develop interdisciplinarity between Quantum CS and Physics.
Note that it is not required to teach in French.


PREFERRED SCIENTIFIC EXPERTISE

We seek applicants who have a strong research record in quantum computing and a commitment to undergraduate and graduate education and training.
The candidate's more specific areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to, quantum algorithmics and complexity, photonic quantum computing, quantum error correction, which correspond to themes particularly in line with the research project of the team.

JOB DESCRIPTION

1. Applicants should participate in the design and implementation of courses in their scientific field.
2. They should conduct research.
3. They should participate in the development of partnerships, collaborations, and contractual agreements in their scientific field.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES


Teaching:

In collaboration with the other faculty members of the department:
- Provide courses consistent with areas of knowledge, skills-set, and departmental needs;
- Teach labs and tutorials for undergraduate and graduate students;
- Serve on juries for prospective students who are applying for engineering courses, specialized masters, etc.;
- Contribute to the analysis of training needs;
- Design and organize teaching activities for undergraduate and graduate students;
- Design and implement project-based teaching;
- Supervise student projects;
- Develop courses and teaching tools in the above-mentioned field.

Research:

- Engage in research activities in the scientific field concerned;
- Write proposals and participate in projects with partners from the Institut Polytechnique de Paris, the Institut Mines-Télécom or other institutions from the academic and/or corporate world, in particular in the framework of fundamental, national, or European projects;
- Carry out industrial research contracts;
- Explore and develop partnerships within the industry and establish contractual agreements.

Coordination:

- Participate in and contribute to the scientific activities of the Group (seminars, presentations, juries, etc.).

Fostering the recognition of Telecom Paris and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris:

- Disseminate research findings via scholarly writing and publication;
- Lead presentations and seminars;
- Take an active role in scholarly and professional organizations;
- Maintain close relations with academic institutions, research centers, and companies.

Other responsibilities:

- Participate in the scientific, pedagogical, and management activities of the department and/or institution;
- Where appropriate, direct and manage the staff placed under their responsibility or supervision;
- Report on the activities and results of the tasks for which they are responsible.

Job requirements

Required skills, experience, and knowledge:
- In-depth theoretical or applied knowledge in his or her field of expertise;
- An excellent command of spoken and written English.
- If the candidate is does not speak French, from the moment of hire he or she must commit to obtaining a professional proficiency of French as quickly as possible while under contract.

Preferred skills, experience, and knowledge:

- Post-doctoral or international experience in an academic or industrial laboratory is appreciated;
- Teaching experience.

Other abilities and skills:

- The ability to be an active team member in a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment;
- Strong teaching, pedagogical, and mentoring capabilities;
- Superb written and interpersonal communication skills.

REQUIRED QUALIFICIATIONS

Candidates with one or more of the following required qualifications may apply:
- Doctorate or equivalent;
- Civil servant recruited through the École Polytechnique or ENA or former student of the École Normale Supérieure and ≥ 3 years of professional experience;
- Holds a post-graduate degree from an engineering, business, or management school and has ≥ 5 years of professional experience;
- Holds a post-graduate degree and has ≥ 5 years of professional experience;
- Is a high-level business executive with ≥ 8 years of professional experience.

DESIGNATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
The person recruited will obtain the title of Associate Professor. He/she will be encouraged to obtain, as soon as possible, his/her HDR (habilitation to direct research). The HDR is one of the prerequisites to apply for promotion to Professor.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
To apply, please attach the following documents

- cover letter,
- curriculum vitae,
- description of past research activities, that shall include a list of the (up to 10) most significant publications (4 pages maximum),
- description of past teaching activities (3 pages maximum)
- the PDF files of the 3 most significant publications
- research and teaching project: statement about future plans and objectives, in research and teaching (3 pages maximum)
- contact information for two references, qualified to provide an informed assessment about the candidate.

Location: Télécom Paris, 19 Place Marguerite Perey, 91120 Palaiseau, France
Application deadline: March 12 2023.


If you would like more information:
Romain Alléaume romain.alleaume@telecom-paris.fr
We strongly encourage interested candidates to contact Romain Alléaume or the other members of the IQA team well ahead of the application deadline.


SELECTION

The selection process consists of 4 steps:

  • Elimination of applications that do not have the required qualifications
  • Exchange with the host team to establish a list of shortlisted candidates
  • Preliminary interview with Human Resources
  • Hearing by the recruitment committee and ranking of the selected candidates
  • Final interview with the Director of Télécom Paris