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Photonic quantum technologies with site-controlled quantum dots

EP-25 PhD-  Photonic quantum technologies with site-controlled quantum dots

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork invites applications for a PhD opportunity.

We are seeking highly self-motivated applicants with strong experimental attitude to apply for this position.

The research will focus on developing applications with semiconductor, site-controlled, artificial atoms for quantum information processing. Recent results on the unique system developed at Tyndall were featured in major reviews, such as Nature Photonics (e.g. Gediminas Juska, et al. “Towards quantum dot based arrays of entangled photon emitters”, Nature Photonics 7, 527 (2013); T. H. Chung, et al. “Selective carrier injection into patterned arrays of pyramidal quantum dots for entangled photon light-emitting diodes”, Nature Photonics 10, 782 (2016)).

The PhD candidate in collaboration with the EPN team will build on those results to engineer novel emitted quantum states, both by external control on the quantum states themselves or by free space/waveguiding tuning in the contest of integrated photonic structures. The project aims at growing structures that can generate photonic “clusters” so to prove their suitability for quantum computation, potentially revolutionising current approaches to quantum information processing.

The PhD position is funded by a tailored grant, under the EU project ASCENT II, under Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi’s supervision, and will be performed in collaboration with the whole EPN group and the existing quantum dot projects, with strong complementary research lines.

These studies will provide an excellent base for a career both in academia and in the high-value industry, currently in search of a “quantum-trained/aware” workforce.

The Epitaxy and Physics of Nanostructures group was established in January 2007 at Tyndall National Institute under an SFI  Principal Investigator grant. The group is led by Dr. E. Pelucchi.


  • The minimum academic qualification is a first honours degree (or an equivalent international degree) in physics, electronic engineering or related relevant discipline, with a proved curriculum centred on material properties (and their quantum properties)
  • Masters degrees on the same topics are welcome, and should also show first class achievements.

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

For any informal queries, please contact Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi at

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference EP-25

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.