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Post doctoral Researcher - Second generation photonic chip design DTIF project (Cornersprocess quantum core2)

EP-29 Post doctoral Researcher on Second generation photonic chip design DTIF project (Cornerstone process quantum core2)

Contract: Full Time/ Specified Purpose (6 months)

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

The Epitaxy and Physics of Nanostructures (EPN) group, Tyndall National Institution and University College Cork fund a Postdoc position on “Postdoc position on Second generation photonic chip design DTIF project (Cornerstone process quantum core2_QDC) “.

The Epitaxy and Physics of Nanostructures group is a well-established research team in Ireland addressing epitaxial growth of devices and quantum structures. E.g., quantum technology applications of III-V site-controlled quantum dots (see 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)).

Moreover, EPN is partner in the DTIF project Quantum Computing in Ireland (QCoIr). In the project context, design and development of advanced SiNx photonic chips for quantum photonic applications, is required, based on the Cornerstone processes. We seek an experienced researcher, capable of continuing the implementation of photonic chip design for quantum applications (and specifically for quantum dot coupling and light processing), and address the challenges of the second generation quantum core2_QDC chip we are developing. The position will be a specified contract for six months, and will involve both the chip design, and managing the interactions with Cornerstone.

Key Responsibilities

  • The main focus of this position is the development of the photonic chip design, specifically to finalize and ameliorate the current quantum core2 design based on Cornerstone technology.
  • The postdoc position will also involve collaborating with the rest of the EPN group on the DTIF project, will include the chip testing on arrival and managing all technical and commercial interactions with the foundry.
  • The successful candidate is also expected to engage broadly in PhD mentoring when possible.

Other responsibilities

  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

The Postdoc level position is open for candidates of EU and non EU nationalities. We welcome applications from talented candidates with strong motivation and experimental skills. The appointment is for six months with the possibility of small extension, and previous experience in the field is required strongly.

The group is led by Dr. E. Pelucchi.

Essential Criteria

  • Postdoctoral applicants must hold a PhD in Physics/ Photonic Engineering or a related discipline before the start of the contract.
  • They should have a rich CV and experience in Photonic integration and fabrication processes and design, especially on advanced masks design.

Desirable Criteria

  • Highly self-motivated applicants with strong experimental attitude.

Informal enquiries concerning these positions can be made to Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi (

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale € 42,031- € 48,427 per annum.  Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form with Job Reference EP-29

Step 2 - return the completed application form, together with your CV and one-page cover letter specifically addressing how the candidate fulfils the essential criteria to

Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

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.

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.