Postdoc Systems for Secure Optical networking via Quantum Photonic Integration

Postdoc Systems for Secure Optical networking via Quantum Photonic Integration

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6 Sep 18 Feb Eindhoven

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TU/e is a leading international university of technology specializing in Engineering Science & Technology. Through excellent teaching and research, we contribute to progress in the technical sciences, to the development of technological innovations, and as a result to the growth of prosperity and welfare in the region and beyond. TU/e maintains close links with industry, healthcare and the building & logistics sectors.


 HORIZON-CL4-2022-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-39 - A Ultra low energy and secure networks (RIA)

ALLEGRO targets designing, prototyping, and demonstrating a novel end-to-end (E2E) solution for next-generation optical networks. ALLEGRO integrates packet-optical transport architecture satisfying four key pillars for next generation telecommunication systems: (i) ultra-high-capacity from access to the core; (ii) considerable reduction of power consumption and cost; (iii) autonomous network control management exploiting artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) for ultra-high-capacity multi-domain optical systems; and (iv) secured and reliable optical transmission.

Quantum Delta Eindhoven hub

TU/e hosts one of the five Quantum Delta NL major quantum hubs, collaborating on innovation by bringing together top-quality scientists, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs, working together on the frontier of quantum technology. One of the priorities in the Eindhoven Quantum hub is the implementation of quantum-enabling technologies and test-bed for its validation, test and certification. Its mission is to perform fundamental and applied research to push the boundaries of quantum devices, materials and technology development and to develop novel methods, applications and use cases to the benefit of society.

Job description

We are seeking a postdoctoral/senior researcher to join the teams of both ALLEGRO and Quantum Delta Hub Eindhoven, that will tackle the systems aspects, of deploying photonic integrated based solutions and miniaturized modules for quantum cryptography and authentication systems. The candidate has knowledge or able to fast learn about Quantum Key Distibution protocols and their implementation, test and validation.

The candidate will work in a team composed of postdoc researchers, assistant/associate professors, engineers, PhDs, and students. The candidate will interact with experts on photonic integration and QKD systems and with the team establishing the testbed for quantum secure communications and networking.


You will be assigned to the Quantum and Terahertz Systems (QTS) laboratory, which is part of the ECO group, focusing on system-on-chip approaches for Terahertz and Quantum systems, using electronics, photonics and their co-integration. In the Quantum Delta Hub Eindhoven, the laboratory contributes to developing PIC based solutions for QKD systems, creating facilities for the characterization, test, and evaluation of quantum technologies, devices, sub-systems, and networking and its applications to edge, 5G and other use cases. These are used to further support the development and operations of the Eindhoven quantum hub.

You will therefore support the research activities of the group and its projects in the following areas:
  • Perform test & experiments as needed to support design optimization of QKD o chip systems
  • System-on-chip development using photonic, electronics and their co-integration
  • Integrated quantum photonic devices and sub-systems into classical telecom networks
  •  Design, simulation and final layout of devices and sub-systems such as Alice, Bob, Charlie and QRNG
  • Making sure proper design and interfacing for system test and evaluation

This is a full-time position located at TU/e, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The requested start of work as soon as possible thereafter.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


The successful candidate shall have:
  • A PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or related disciplines.
  • Experimental experience in optical fiber communication systems or related.
  • Experience with PIC design; experience with IC is an asset.
  • Familiarity with photonics foundry PDKs, layout, or test automation is an asset.
  • Understanding of the fabrication process of integrated circuits photonics and electronics.
  • Understanding of quantum devices and systems-QRNG, QKD, is an asset.
  • Experience in simulation and testing of PIC in laboratory conditions.
  • Affinity with working in academic research lab with PhD, Postdocs and MSc students.
  • Comfortable working in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team ranging from quantum and cryptography theory, 5G engineering, up to business development.
  • Outstanding teamwork skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

Conditions of employment

  • You will work in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • Full-time employment for minimum one year (PostDoc) up to a maximum 3 years.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  •  A gross monthly salary between €3,557,00 and €4,6700,- (on a full-time basis), depending on experience and knowledge, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities.
  • High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • The PostDoc position includes a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day-care and sports facilities.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V36.6885


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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