PhD Position on Optics for The Cloud at Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology has an opening PhD position in semiconductors. The funds for this position are available for four years. This position is open until filled.

PhD position on Optics for the cloud. High port-count photonic switches with high-precision assembly.

Integrated photonics is an indispensable part of most high-speed communication infrastructure. However, the difficulty in attaching many optical fibers to a photonic IC is still holding back some applications. In this project we will implement a solution to this problem and use a high port-count photonic switch as the vehicle of exploration. The application side is investigated in a collaborative project with Microsoft research lab in Cambridge (UK), while the assembly for multi-fiber attach as well as the electrical connections is studied in the framework of a European project with Lionix international in Twente (NL) and FiconTEC (D). The PhD student will be responsible for the research and design of the photonic switch matrix as well as the system for the fiber attachment. The indium-phosphide-based photonic ICs and the silicon with TriPleX structures will be designed by the PhD student and fabricated by Smart Photonics in Eindhoven and by Lionix international, respectively. Assembly will be performed with a custom-built machine at FiconTEC.

The PhD student will be part of the Photonic Integration group ( of the Electrical Engineering department of Eindhoven University of Technology. This is an internationally oriented group which is leading in researching, developing and utilizing photonic integration with III-V semiconductors to realize cutting edge devices. With our NanoLabNL facilities and our partnerships with companies like Smart Photonics, we are not only able to design these photonic ICs, but also to actually produce, characterize and analyze their performance.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in this application of integrated photonics, which promises to solve the long-standing problem of multi-port access through a novel technique demonstrated with an exciting state-of-the-art photonic switch.

Successful candidates should have good writing and documentation skills, excellent analytical and research capabilities and good communication skills. They must be able to organize their own work well and set and pursue their goals independently. The candidate will collaborate not only with the other members of the Photonic Integration group, but in particular also with other researchers in the Microsoft research lab as well as with the other companies involved.

We are looking for candidates with a MSc diploma in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Applied Physics, preferably with not more than four years' experience in research after the graduation, and with good skills in programming tools and an interest in photonics and electronics.

If interested, please use ‘apply now’-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following (in English):

Candidates will be selected based on their graduation project and marks, relevant experience and skills, writing skills and publications, work experience and interviews.

Typical recruitment procedure will involve a skype meeting, followed by a face to face interview with a presentation to the group in the second stage.

Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each!


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