Professor in Atomic Scale Metrology of Nanomaterials
KU Leuven Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics



In the Science, Engineering and Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Research unit Institute for Nuclear and Radiation Physics, there is a part-time (10%) academic vacancy in the area of physics on campus Leuven. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent research record and with educational competence within the field of the science of metrology of nanomaterials. The research unit Nuclear solid state physics has a long standing research portfolio in the growth and investigation of low-dimensional structures, thereby focusing on the relation between the structure and the functional properties (electronic, magnetic, superconducting, optical…) – both at the atomic scale. Within this research field, a strong collaboration with imec has been established, among others via numerous joint research projects and doctorates related to the science of metrology, as well as via the implementation of extensive joint metrology facilities (e.g., ion beam analysis, atom probe tomography, focused ion beam...).




The suggested academic position fits in the strategy of the Department of Physics and Astronomy to explore fundamental insight in the tailoring and fundamental (electrical, magnetic, structural) properties of nanosystems and the concurrent insight that metrology is now
recognized as an important enabler within these development paths as well as a crucial component for their manufacturing implementation.
The introduction of novel materials and the complex heterogeneity of devices with reduced length scales and 3D-confined volumes, has led to physical phenomena which can only been seen with atomic scale metrology. Based on these observations, the development of innovative metrology solutions (probing electrical, magnetic, structural, compositional and mechanical properties, ...) has emerged as a growing scientific field (termed “Science of metrology”) whereby fundamental insight in the underlying physics of metrology concepts is coupled with advanced engineering of instrumentation and the development of novel data algorithms (including big data analysis) in synergy with the materials developments. This proposed fundamental exploration is intimately linked with advanced materials development and leads to multiple innovations in atomic scale materials science and metrology.
Within this context, you will develop a research programme at an international level in advancing atomic scale metrology in support of studies to provide fundamental insight in nanomaterials, ultimately allowing to understand structure and properties at the single-atom level.
You strengthen the existing research lines of the unit on the fundamental aspects and applications of, e.g., atom probe tomography, focused ion beams, ion beam analysis, scanning probe microscopy… and provide complementary expertise.You look for opportunities to further enhance the link between the research activities in solid state physics (at KU Leuven) and in metrology (at imec), thereby establishing intense collaboration with imec and with imec programs. Doing so, you help developing the group’s future research projects.You have (or are able to establish) a strong international network, as well as setting up collaborations within and outside the department of Physics and Astronomy, thereby fostering a strong relation to imec.
You strive for excellence in your research and thus provide a contribution to the international character of the department. Amongst others, this excellence is demonstrated by publishing at the highest scientific level and the capability of acquiring competitive funding from internal,
national and international agencies.You supervise PhD's at an international level.


You ensure high-quality education within the physics/nanoscience-nanotechnology area, with a clear commitment to the quality of the programme as a whole. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty/university through the supervision of master theses and
as a promoter of PhD students.
You develop your teachings in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.



You are prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services, both within the department/university as well as external.



The candidate has a broad expertise in fundamental research on metrology for nanomaterials and probing of material properties on the atomic scale as well as in materials science related to semiconductors. You have a PhD in physics or engineering, or in a related degree whereby the subject of your doctorate’s thesis was related to the research field.
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in prominent international journals and presentations at international conferences.
You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.

As this professorship is meant to reinforce the interaction in research between Imec and KU Leuven, only researchers at Imec with a substantial appointment (at least for the duration of this professorship) qualify for the position.

Proficiency in English is required.
The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in administrative meetings. Before teaching courses in
Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.



We are offering part-time (10%) employment in an intellectually challenging environment.
KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. Our university is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard we actively work together with research partners in Belgium (with a particular emphasis on Imec for the present position) and abroad and provide our students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the
tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.

KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …
To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%."



For more information on the contents of the job, please contact:

● Prof. Dr André Vantomme, head of the Institute of Nuclear and Radiation Physics (, +32-16-327514)
● Prof. Dr Kristiaan Temst, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (, +32-16-327620)


If you have problems submitting your application online, please contact or [name of ZAP consultant] (email, tel.).


Add to your application following documents (more information is available on the KU Leuven job site):
● your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your pastcareer and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
● a file on your five most important publications or realizations;
● an extensive cv including a full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your architectural projects;
● your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 5 pages);
● your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
● your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);
● your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).

You can apply for this job no later than November 15, 2019 via the online application tool

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