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Professor in the field of Quantum Photonics

Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre

No 21158
December 21st, 2021 to March 15th, 2022

Open to internal and external candidates | Tenure-track Position

Context and summary

The INRS is a graduate research university that has consistently ranked #1 in Canada for its research intensity.

The INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre (EMT) is looking to fill a prestigious tenure-track Quantum Photonics Research Chair professorship funded by Québec’s Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation.

The Chair is dedicated to developing next-generation quantum communications technologies and is essentially focused on research. Experience in teaching will be nonetheless considered an asset.

Desired fields of expertise include, among others, (i) generation of single pairs of entangled photons that fall into the telecommunications band, (ii) development of new metrologies for controlling photon pairs using quantum operations, (iii) quantum repeaters to preserve the transmission of entanglement in fibers against losses and detection, (iv) development of innovative systems using photonics to process information and advanced calculations using, for example, optical artificial intelligence or nanophotonics, (v) design and demonstration of quantum-secured optical communications such as quantum an cryptography and networking for a more secure transmission of personal/government/industrial data as well as for cybersecurity, and (vi) quantum algorithms and error correction for advanced computing performances. Foreseen fields-of-application include, but are not limited to, communications over fiber optics/satellite and next-generation (6G+) wireless communications.

The EMT Research Centre of INRS is recognized across Canada and the world for its expertise in the fields of optics and photonics, ultrafast science, fiber optic and wireless communications, signal processing, and artificial intelligence.

The Centre has multiple state-of-the-art labs supporting its research, such as the Ultrahigh Speed Light Manipulation Laboratory (LULMAN), the Networks and Cyber Physical Systems Lab (NECPHY-Lab), the Wireless Laboratory, and the Radio Frequency Laboratory (LRF).

It is also home to unique infrastructure such as the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) facility, the Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory (LMN), and a special facility for time-resolved electron microscopy.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Develop their own independent, competitive, innovative research program;
  • Secure funding for their research program through external grants from public and private organizations as well as industry partnerships as required;
  • Work with existing research teams and develop and maintain partnerships with groups outside the EMT Research Centre;
  • Participate in teaching and training activities, particularly as part of the Centre’s graduate programs, and in the supervision of postdoctoral fellows and research staff.


  • Candidates are anticipated to have a PhD in physics, quantum physics, engineering, or related fields. Applicants will need to demonstrate their potential to build an original and funded research program in the field of quantum photonics;
  • Candidates must also demonstrate how they can utilize their expertise to strengthen collaborative research with existing faculty at the EMT Research Centre;
  • The INRS offers mentorship and training opportunities to initiate a career in research and develop potential as professors to the fullest extent.

Working language

French is the working language of the Institute. Fluency in English is required.
Candidates whose native language is not French are encouraged to apply. The Centre will provide them with all the resources necessary to facilitate their learning of the French language.


Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications
1650, boulevard Lionel-Boulet
Varennes (Québec) J3X 1S2 CANADA

Note : Varennes is located on the South-Shore of Montreal


In accordance with the collective agreement in effect at INRS.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a i) brief letter of interest, ii) a 3-page statement of research accomplishments in the field of quantum photonics and goals for future research, including potential collaborations with existing INRS-EMT faculty, iii) a full CV, iv) a statement of teaching and supervision experience and philosophy, and v) the names and contact information of three references. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022 and interviews will be held shortly thereafter. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Any additional documents that cannot be transmitted electronically but are necessary to complete your application should be sent by mail to the following address:


Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications
1650, boulevard Lionel-Boulet
Varennes (Québec) J3X 1S2 CANADA

INRS is committed to promote equity, diversity and inclusion and invites all qualified candidate to apply, including women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities, in relation to the Equal access to employment programs. However, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Selection tools can be adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you anticipate requiring adaptive measures, or for any questions concerning equity, diversity and inclusion at INRS, please contact also asks its selection committees to take account of career interruptions and special circumstances when reviewing applications. Applicants are therefore invited to indicate the nature of these interruptions or special circumstances in their cover letter.