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PhD Epitaxy & Physics of Nanostructures

EP-20 PhD Photonic Quantum Technologies With Cluster States from Quantum Dots

Contract: Fixed Term

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

The Epitaxy and Physics of Nanostructures (EPN) group, Tyndall National Institution and University College Cork fund a PhD position on “photonic quantum technologies with cluster states from quantum dots“.

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.

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 study a new field: engineering coupled quantum dot states suitable for photonic cluster state emission. The project aims at generating long photonic cluster states, 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 Dr. Gediminas Juska’s supervision, and will be performed in collaboration with the whole EPN group, run by Dr. E. Pelucchi.
  • These studies will provide an excellent base for a career both in academia and in the high-value industry.


  • The minimum academic qualification is a first honours degree (or an equivalent international degree) in physics, electronic engineering or related relevant discipline. 

An annual student stipend of €18,000.00 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Informal enquiries to Dr. Gediminas Juska and Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi email:;

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the application form

Step 2 -  return the completed application form, together with your cv, motivation letter and references to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

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.