Photonics is widely regarded as the key enabling technology of the 21st century and its application and use in many scientific and industrial fields is accelerated though Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), which combine many optical components into a miniaturized chip format. Similar to electronic ICs, PICs are revolutionizing areas such as healthcare, communication and sensing and have the potential to be disruptive to the whole society. These technologies are receiving major investments through the PhotonDelta National Growth Fund program, with multiple new positions in integrated photonics. https://www.tue.nl/en/storage/electrical-engineering/faculteit/news-and-events/news-overview/22-04-2022-photonics-sector-eindhoven-gets-major-boost-with-11-billion-euro-investment/ This is a large program involving the leading industry, research institutes and universities in the Netherlands.
The positions are in the Photonic Integration Research Group, www.tue.nl/phi which is a part of the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) www.tue.nl/ehci. Our strong supporting infrastructure of laboratories, clean room infrastructure www.tue.nl/nanolab and technology know-how allows you to focus on your research and generate new opportunities for collaboration and growth. We believe we can only be world class if our researchers are doing well and feeling good.
The Eindhoven Brainport region, where we are located, is recognized as one of the most important regions in Europe for high-tech developments by the EU. Regional focus on specific technologies creates specific ecosystems to cooperate and commercialize technologies such as integrated photonics, high-tech systems and quantum technology.
We believe that professional development comes hand-in-hand with personal development. Therefore, you will also have access to high-quality training programs on general skills and topics related to research and valorization.
(5) PhD / PD positions – Photonic integrated circuit technology
Five positions are opened for research into the technology for monolithic and heterogeneous photonic integrated circuits. The technology includes indium phosphide components for the highest performance polarization, phase and gain control elements in a comprehensive manufacturing platform. We consider applicants for either PhD research or post-doctoral research.
State of the art, indium phosphide photonic integration production techniques will be developed in combination with wafer- and coupon-scale heterogeneous integration technology. A specific focus will be placed on step-change performance advances for the integrated building blocks – the native lasers, amplifiers, quantum confined stark effect modulators and detectors. Performance targets will address tunability, bandwidth, order of magnitude size-reductions and energy-efficiency improvements, with the view to realise a Moore’s Law for photonic integration.
The InP membrane on silicon (imos) platform – pioneered at TU/e – will be developed into a comprehensive heterogeneous integration methodology which supports integration by means of wafer, die and coupon bonding. https://research.tue.nl/en/publications/indium-phosphide-membrane-nanophotonic-integrated-circuits-on-sil Specific positions can be considered in the areas of:
Position 1 – Integration technology for ultrahigh speed modulators and detectors
Position 2 – Enhanced photonic circuits by multi-modes and multi-polarizations
Position 3 – Amplifier and laser active layers for high temperature operation
Position 4 – Atomic layer deposition in precision photonic circuit manufacturing. This position will be embedded in the Plasma & Materials Processing group of the Department of Applied Physics at TU/e.
Position 5 – Magneto-photonic integration for non-reciprocal devices, exploring photonic waveguides with nanostructured ultrathin magnetic or YIG-based claddings, aiming for magneto-optical effects and all-optical reconfigurability.
Together, as part of a big team, you will be working together to create a next generation heterogeneous platform, that can operate at unprecedented bandwidths (>100 GHz), at the highest possible integration density, bringing together the power of silicon technologies and indium phosphide photonics.
These new positions will involve hands-on process development using recently installed, state of the art 4" (100 mm) indium phosphide manufacturing line, including high reproducibility epitaxy, deep ultra-violet scanner lithography and industry-grade etch and deposition equipment. These facilities and the associated expertise are considered to be unique in an academic research environment. The projects are supported with the infrastructure at the TU/e nanolab.
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
Candidates interested in specific themes should indicate this in their application. They are welcome to ask for additional technical background information from Yuqing Jiao y.jiao[at]tue.nl or Kevin Williams k.a.williams[at]tue.nl.
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