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PhD – Advanced integrated laser devices and physics for Quantum Technologies

FP-47 PhD – Advanced integrated laser devices and physics for Quantum Technologies

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The IPIC II project is calling for new positions on Quantum Technologies through a “catalyst” initiative, and together with Tyndall National Institution and University College Cork is funding a PhD position for “Advanced integrated laser devices and physics for Quantum Technologies“.

Key Responsibilities and research objectives

There is a growing interest in the physics and device community in developing novel devices inserted in photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with strong performances matching the requirements of emerging quantum technologies. One emerging platform is the so called AlGaAs on insulator platform, where (Al) GaAs devices (e.g. mode locked lasers) in AlGaAs waveguides/cavities are matched to other photonic integrated structures in a hybrid platform. Moreover, cryogenic operation is also a strong requirement, as such devices will serve atomic like devices with sharp resonances and relevant coherence characteristics.

The successful candidate will work in the group of Prof. F. Peters and in collaboration with Dr. B. Corbett to develop an integrated (Al)GaAs laser structure for hybrid integration (for example through transfer printing), operating at cryogenic temperatures. This effort is aligned with and will also collaborate with the IPIC/Tyndall program in quantum technologies, which already includes the development of quantum dot sources of quantum light (Dr. E Pelucchi) and hybrid integration technologies for waveguiding and photonic cavities (Dr. William Curtin). The PhD candidate is expected to collaborate intensively with the rest of the research groups on subjects close to the PhD topics, contributing to a vibrant undergraduate research community.

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.

Essential criteria

  • 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 centered on material properties (and their quantum properties)
  • Masters degrees on the same topics are welcome and will have a preferential consideration, while should also show first class achievements.

Desirable Criteria

  • Applicants to have experience in quantum optics or other topics close to the proposed research
  • Highly self-motivated applicants with strong experimental attitude.
  • The PhD candidate will enroll as a PhD in one of the University College Cork (UCC) departments, indicatively Physics in view of the subject.

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.

Any queries relating to this position can be forwarded to Dr. Frank Peters on email

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference FP-47

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to Please ensure that your motivation letter, cv and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

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.

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.