Photonics is widely regarded as the key enabling technology of the 21st century and its applications 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 as electronic ICs, PICs are revolutionizing areas such as healthcare, communication and sensing and have the potential to be disruptive to the whole society. We at the Institute for Photonic Integration are at the center of photonics; working from material science, device integration technologies to systems and applications .The Project:
The EU project - Photonic
ckaging and Test P
rocesses (PhotonicLEAP) aims to reduce the cost of PIC packaging, test and module integration by over 10 times, opening many new markets, overcoming the prohibitively expensive packaging solutions used today. This will result in significant market disruption, enable the launch of new and affordable products powered by photonics, including; high-speed communication devices for future optical networks; biosensors for point-of-care patient monitoring - which are especially important given the global challenges we faced during pandemic; compact medical devices such as minimally invasive surgical and imaging systems; sensors for rapid and precise food safety and quality monitoring and in-line process control; miniaturized energy-efficient sensors for 5G, the Internet-of-Things and autonomous vehicles; high-speed quantum computing devices and augmented and virtual reality systems. Key to the development of PIC for these application areas is the development of scalable, reliable and high throughput test processes and systems.Academic Environment
The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), one of Europe's top technical universities, is positioned in the heart of one of Europe's largest hightech innovation ecosystems. Research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence and a strong realworld impact which is often obtained via close collaboration with hightech industries. At TU/e, we are developing the center of test and characterization of photonic integrated circuits. The development of test processes, strategy is in close collaboration with industrial partners for the development of the test processes and equipment.Your Responsibilities
You will be expected to:
- Define optical and electrical test specifications.
- Define design specifications for wafer-level optical and electrical test probes.
- Characterize and validate the performance of test probes using validation demonstrators.
- Collect all test design and process parameters to develop packaging process design kit (PDK)
- Prepare electronic-photonic test protocols for next generation manufacturing of photonic integrated circuits.
- Develop, maintain and extend test data management systems.
- Develop, operate and maintain electronic-photonic test-beds.
- Contribute to the development of IEEE standards for photonics on PIC-Testing.
- Contribute with Principal Investigators in running other projects and in submitted proposals..
You will find yourself within a young and dynamic multi-disciplinary team of experts (electro-optical communication, photonic integration, software programmers, signal processing and process engineers that all have the aim of making photonic integrated circuits a mainstream technology. We believe in a flat hierarchy with focus on a getting-things-done attitude and practicality.