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PhD in “Hybrid integration of site-controlled (In)GaAs quantum dot photo

PMO- 35 PhD in “Hybrid integration of site-controlled (In)GaAs quantum dot photonic platforms for quantum computation”

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term  

PIADS Centre for Doctoral Training PhD Studentships

We have a prestigious PIADS PhD position available in the group of Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Pelucchi and in collaboration with Prof. William Curtin to develop an integrated (Al)GaAs/GaAs platform for hybrid integration (for example through transfer printing), to be operated 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, Dr. Stefan Schulz) polymer hybrid integration technologies for waveguiding and photonic cavities (Dr. William Curtin), and hybrid integration of cryogenic laser structures (Prof. Frank Peters).

Students will join an exciting and well-established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) hosted by IPIC (the Irish Photonics Integration Centre) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), and in partnership with Queens University Belfast and the University of Glasgow. You will be based at Tyndall National Institute, and registered as PhD student at University College Cork. You will have access to an advanced structured training programme, to world class facilities and academic expertise that spans the partners in IPIC as well as the University of Glasgow and Queen's University in Belfast.

Project details: Hybrid integration of site-controlled (In)GaAs quantum dot photonic platforms for quantum computation.

There is a growing interest in the physics and device community in developing novel devices to be hybrid inserted in photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with “ideal” performances matching the requirements of emerging quantum technologies. Pyramidal site-controlled QDs (PQDs) have been uniquely developed in Tyndall as advanced ”artificial atoms” for quantum computation, as sources of single and entangled photons, including developments for cluster states generation. The project aims at developing their hybrid integration in ad-hoc semiconductor wave-guiding structures and moderate Purcell effect to demonstrate their suitability for photonic quantum processing

Key requirements

  • First or upper second-class honour’s degree (or 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.
  • Strong programming skills in either C, C++, Julia, Python, Matlab and willingness to learn
  • Good mathematical skills and knowledge
  • The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in English.

What we offer

 A fully-funded PhD position that includes a stipend of €19,000/year for up to four years and full coverage of academic fees. The successful candidate will be registered as PhD student at University College Cork.

Why Apply

As a student on the programme you will join a vibrant, supportive and engaging cohort of over 40 students and will have the chance to travel and attend a bespoke week long induction programme with students from all three partners, an annual Winter & Summer School and have access to advanced training courses in areas such as semiconductor fabrication, packaging, biophotonics and entrepreneurship. In addition, IPIC and PIADS have many industry partners that will open up many research and career opportunities.

Graduating PIADS doctoral students are equipped with the highest level of scientific and engineering research skills needed to address the challenges of developing new integrated photonic technologies for diverse applications, as well as with the entrepreneurial, leadership and teamwork capabilities needed to lead and operate at the highest levels in industry.  The programme is a gateway to a vast array of career paths from data storage, semiconductors, telecommunications, biophotonics, medical technologies and more.

Closing date for application is 20th April, 2023.

Successful candidates may start their PhD position latest in September 2023.

For any informal queries, please contact Elisabeth Wintersteller at

Further details can be found at:

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference PMO-34

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.