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PhD Studentship - High speed InP photonics compatible with micro-trans

PMO-15B – PhD Studentship - High speed InP photonics compatible with micro-transfer printing

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

We have 1 prestigious PhD Studentship available that will commence in September 2020. The student will join the Irish Photonics Integration Centre (IPIC), Ireland’s centre of excellence for research and innovation in photonics, as it undergoes a rapid expansion programme to grow to 220 researchers, to become one of Europe’s top photonics integration research centres.

Microtransfer printing (MTP) is foundational to the integration of III-V and silicon photonics within I-PIC2. Substantial progress has been made in demonstrating MTP of lasers onto a silicon platform. For a useful photonic integrated circuit for communications, significantly more than an emitted is required. There remains the challenge of making and demonstrating a high yield process incorporating high speed photonic devices (such as electro-absorption modulators) that can be used with MTP.

There are two main challenges, which would be the focus of the position:

1) refinement and optimisation of a high speed photonic III-V fabrication (based on existing high speed processed developed in the integrated photonics group), and

 2) solving the inherent compatibility issues between a high speed photonic device and MTP. For example, the current MTP process has inherently high capacitance, while the current high speed process is currently incompatible with MTP.

To accomplish the task requires the collaboration of Frank Peters (high speed photonics), Emanuele Pelucchi (custom epitaxial growth) and Brian Corbett (micro-transfer printing).

For inquiries, please contact Hui Wang at

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

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference PMO-15B.

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.