PhD position on Nanoscale lasers for neuromorphic photonics

PhD position on Nanoscale lasers for neuromorphic photonics

Published Deadline Location
29 Nov 31 Mar Eindhoven

Job description

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 as electronic ICs, PICs are revolutionizing areas such as healthcare, communication and sensing and have the potential to be disruptive to the whole society.

Job description

The same way the internet revolutionized our society, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that can learn without the need of explicit instructions is transforming our life. AI uses brain inspired neural network algorithms powered by computers. However, these central processing units are extremely energy inefficient at implementing these tasks. The European H2020 project ChipAI aims to lay the foundations for nanoscale photonics-enabled neuromorphic technology capable of delivering compact, high-bandwidth and energy efficient optical links by interconnecting neuron-like sources and detectors. In this collaborative project, TUe will work closely with several leading universities, institutes and companies in Europe (including IBM). It will be the task of the PhD student to develop nanoscale semiconductor lasers and demonstrate synaptic optical links. The activities will include device and circuit design, fabrication in the Nanolab@TUe cleanroom and characterization of the devices. 

This work will build on previous experience in the field of nanoscale sources and photonic integrated circuits at TU/e. 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.

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 also with other researchers in the ChipAI consortium.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


We are looking for candidates with a MSc diploma in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Applied Physics, with not more than four years' experience in research after the graduation. The candidate should have a strong background in semiconductor devices (preferably lasers) and general knowledge about semiconductor physics, modelling and component design. Experience with characterization equipment and/or cleanroom work is of advantage.

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job in an ambitious research group through a fixed-term appointment for a period of 4 years. The research is intended to lead to the attainment of a PhD degree. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. The salary starts at € 2266,- per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to € 2897,- per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year allowance is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation is available. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities. TU/e also provides opportunities for personal development by offering every PhD student a series of courses in the PROOF program as an addition to your scientific education.

Additional information


•For more information about the project please contact dr. Victor Calzadilla ( ) or prof. dr. Kevin Williams ( ).

•More information on employment conditions can be found here: .


If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following (in English):
  • A cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position,
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and awards),
  • Contact information of two references,
  • Copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained,
  • Proof of English language skills (if applicable), and
  • All other information that might be relevant.

  • 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.

    We are searching for a suitable candidate in anticipation of a grant agreement to be approved. When official approval is received, we can definitively hire the candidate.


    • PhD positions
    • Engineering
    • max. 38 hours per week, temporary
    • University Graduate
    • V36.3613


    Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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