Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Researcher position in Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN - ETN LasIonDef: Development of Quantum Outreach Kit

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    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    PhysicsQuantum mechanics
    TechnologyQuantum technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    28/05/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Job description:

Candidates with a background in photonics and/or quantum physics are invited to apply for an Early Stage Researcher 8 (ESR) position in the LasIonDef project (Laser Fabrication and Ion Implantation of Defects as Quantum Emitters). This position is open at the non-for-profit organisation EYEST, which is related to the B-PHOT Brussels Photonics group at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. This project is funded by the European Commission’s Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network - European Training Networks (MSCA-ITN-ETN). Highly competitive and attractive salary is offered, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.

LasIonDef will train 13 ESRs in the highly interdisciplinary field of quantum technologies, providing training within the facilities of our research centres and industrial partners. In addition, LasIonDef will further strengthen Europe’s world-leading position in the research and development of quantum technologies.

The ESR8 will undertake research on Educational kits to disseminate quantum photonic technologies to the general public. As part of an Innovative Training Network, you will work with a cohort of 12 ESRs across Italy, Germany, France, Poland and the UK in both academia and industry regularly attending project meetings, training activities and carrying out extended secondments at two of these institutions. All ESRs will be trained in photonics and quantum technologies, public speaking about outreach, and strengthening their future career options.

Objectives: Development of education material for dissemination of quantum technologies and quantum photonics to the wider public with a focus on young people. 
ESR8 hosted by EYEST will develop educational material to be used in schools and in science museums about quantum photonics. For this purpose, ESR8 will closely collaborate with the other ESRs (ESR1 at IFN and ESR6 at UULM) in the project to collect ideas, give training to the ESRs and use this material for outreach and to collect feedback on the developed education material.

Although ESR8 will only participate for 12 months, the researcher is vital to the success of the project, disseminating ideas and results of LasIonDef to a wider public through new educational kits and quantum-optics demonstrations. ESR8 will ensure the continuation of the impact of LasIonDef by distribution of education material.

Planned secondment(s): Two secondments of 1-month duration at UULM (Germany) and IFN (Italy) to collect information for quantum photonics demonstrations.

You will join a young, vibrant and growing research group working on applied photonics and quantum optics.

EYESTvzw is a Belgium based non-profit organization established by members of the Brussels Photonics Team of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and dedicated to 'Excite Youth for Engineering, Science and Technology'. The mission of EYEST is to raise the interest of young people towards science, engineering and technology by creating and disseminating educational programmes and by supporting teachers in their endeavor to convey the fascination of science and engineering to pupils and students, and as such to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

VUB B-PHOT, which is a leading center of expertise in optics and photonics in domains such as photonic lab-on-chips, optical spectroscopy, free-form optics, optical fiber sensors, non-linear optics and semiconductor micro-lasers. With over 25 years of experience B-PHOT is internationally recognized for its fundamental and applied research. A multidisciplinary team of 50 highly skilled researchers and engineers push the boundaries of light technology for industrial innovation applied in health care, food safety, loT, telecom, green energy, aerospace, mobility and Industry 4.0.

This position is full time (37.8 hours a week), available immediately with a fixed term of 12 months.

Salary: The salary consists of the basis gross salary €3270/month (~net 2100) plus the monthly net €600/month living allowance and Research/Training costs). Depending on the researcher’s family situation at the recruitment date, there is also a family allowance (€ 500/month).

Contact information:
For informal enquiries about the post please contact MSc. Astghik Chalyan (astghik.chalyan@vub.be), Ing. Tine De Pauw (tine.de.pauw@vub.be ) or Ir. Nathalie Debaes (ndebaes@vub.be). More information on the LasIonDef project can be found at https://www.lasiondef.eu/ and the work of the EYEST is highlighted at https://www.b-photonics.eu/workshops/eyest-vzw.

For further details about working at EYEST please contact info@eyest.eu.

How to apply?
Applying is possible via the website form. After filling the form, we will contact you to invite you for an interview.

Deadline: 28th May 2022
Please NOTE: EYEST reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

More Information


You will receive a contract of employment as a full-time researcher for the relevant period of your appointment, which will include applicable benefits in the host country which is Belgium. The grant and salary, including social security coverage, complies with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme for early career researchers as described on the following webpage: ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-msca/actions/itn/index_en.htm This ESR position is part of an Innovative Training Network (ITN) and the ESR to be employed will also benefit from a personal career development plan with targeted training measures and participation in a range of network activities organized by the consortium partners.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the applicant must satisfy the mobility requirements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. According to these guidelines, at the time of recruitment, the potential candidate “must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary (Belgium) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account”. Furthermore, according to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules, Early-Stage Researchers shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, “be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree”.

Selection process

Applications will be processed according to the rules of the corresponding host institute and in compliance with the general rules for projects in the H2020/Marie Skłodowska-Curie programmes. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered.

Applying is possible via the website form. After filling the form, we will contact you to invite you for an interview. 

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Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


The candidate must have a Masters degree in Physics/Electrical Engineering, Quantum physics, preferably with majors in Photonics. The candidate should have good knowledge and interest in both experimental and theoretical modeling work. Interest in the broader field of light related outreach activities is required. Knowledge in the field of Quantum physics experiments and a track record in scientific publications are great assets. Good communication skills in English (both written and conversational) are indispensable.

This is a training for 1 year, with secondments in ITN (Italy) and UULM (Germany), each for 1 month. We are looking for an enthusiastic team player with public speaking skills and the love for outreach activities. Writing skills are very important as during 12 months of research period 4 deliverables on the work should be written. Be active and have willingness to travel and work in interdisciplinary and intercultural groups.


Specific Requirements

Please prepare these documents for your application:

  • Detailed CV in Europass format (template available in the following link) in English, highlighting your achievements and fit to the applied position.
  • Scans of BSc and/or MSc transcripts, with certified translation in English (if the degree qualification is not in English or in the language of the hosting country).
  • A motivation letter in English, highlighting why you will be a good fit for the position and why you want to be a LasIonDef ESR to carry out this research.
  • Contact details or recommendation letters of two referees in English or in certified translation.
  • Scanned copy of valid identification document.
  • Proof of excellent command of English (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or equivalent). This is not required in case of native English speakers (i.e., English is your mother tongue).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Pleinlaan 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 716844


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