Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d) - Teaching Coordinator and Lecturer for Quantum Technologies



Lisa Otten





Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik und II. Physikalisches Institut

Our Profile

The department of Physics of the RWTH Aachen University comprises twelve research institutes, which are at the forefront of research in several areas of Physics - ranging from high-energy particle physics to statistical physics, from novel materials to quantum technologies. The Department of Physics benefits also from the tight collaboration with the nearby Forschungszentrum Jülich as part of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance (JARA). An example of this collaboration is the recently founded JARA Institute for Quantum Information, which pursues a variety of topics in practical and fundamental quantum information science.
The department aims at further strengthening its profile as place-to-be for quantum information technologies. An important measure for this has been the recent creation of a new study track specifically dedicated to “Quantum Technologies” for the Master Program in Physics that aims at attracting both physics and electrical-engineering students. In addition, the RWTH Aachen University is one of the leading members in the project ‘DigiQ: Digitally Enhanced European Quantum Technology Master’ that spearheads a transformation of the educational quantum ecosystem by introducing both a series of didactical innovations as well as a multinational program structure within a network of over 20 universities and 100 industrial partners.

To facilitate the development of new and didactically improved Master courses for an international audience, the department of Physics is looking for a Teaching Coordinator and Lecturer, who will have the responsibility of coordinating the various courses of the “Quantum Technologies” Master track and teaching corresponding exercise classes and lectures.

Your Profile

  • A PhD degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering or related areas (preferably in a field close to quantum technologies)
  • A strong interest in quantum technologies and teaching
  • Resourcefulness and good interpersonal-skills
  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in German is helpful but not compulsory
  • Didactic experience and familiarity with digital learning platforms is beneficial but not  necessary

Your Duties and Responsibilities

A main task of the position is to facilitate the development of new Master courses and the didactic improvement of existing courses in close collaboration with lecturers of RWTH Aachen University, experts from the Forschungszentrum Jülich, and international members of the DigiQ consortium. This will have to take into account the objectives of the study track and DigiQ project, as well as the current curricula at the Bachelor and at the Master level (both in physics and electrical engineering).
The responsibilities also include the coordination of various courses of the “Quantum Technologies” Master track in consultation with the different departments and teaching corresponding exercise classes and lectures.
Another task of the Coordinator is to support the development of the international Master Programme in Physics in general, e.g. concerning the selection of the international applicants and the coordination with the graduate’s schools.  
Finally, the Coordinator will provide guidance and academic support to the Master's students.

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and offered for a fixed term of 4 years.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a full-time position with the possibility of a part-time contract upon request.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 14 TV-L.

About us

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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Application deadline:05/12/2022
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
II. Physikalisches Institut der RWTH Aachen/Quantum Technology Group
Lisa Otten
52074 Aachen
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