Doctoral student in integrated quantum photonics

Stockholm, Sweden
Feb 23, 2018
Mar 23, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

The project shall develop applied research in the field of integrated optics, with the aim of demonstrating compact and low-noise on-chip components for the effective manipulation of quantum mechanical properties of light. It shall investigate novel hybrid nanophotonic circuits and architectures for enhanced quantum optical functionalities with a significant joint effort on the technology side, to bridge current activities on superconducting, ferroelectric and photonic nanowires. The goal is to establish a common nanophotonic platform and ultimately achieve integration of single photon generation, entanglement, detection, electro-optic switching and frequency-conversion on a single chip .

The project will be conducted at the Quantum and Bio-Photonics unit at the Department of Applied Physics, in a dynamic and creative group of about 30 members, working in an international and collaborative atmosphere. We perform both curiosity-driven and applied research, primarily experimental and often multi-disciplinary. We enjoy state of the art laboratories for quantum optics and nanotechnology, integrated nonlinear photonics, biomolecular imaging and spectroscopy. The work shall involve advanced nanofabrication, integrated photonic circuit design, manufacturing and testing of integrated quantum circuits.

The Doctoral student position is a full-time employment for four years with a possibility of maximum up to five years. Up to 20% department duties may be included in the employment.


Applicants should hold a Master of Science degree (or equivalent) fulfilling the entry requirements for doctoral education at KTH. The ideal candidate has a degree in Applied Physics, Engineering Physics Electrical Engineering or similar. Furthermore, the applicant should have:
  • Strong academic credentials, English proficiency, communication and teamwork skills.
  • Practical problem-solving skills, creativity, strong motivation for doctoral studies and the ability to work independently.
  • Interest in several of the following: nanofabrication and cleanroom technology for photonics, design and fabrication of integrated optical circuits, experimental photonics and quantum optics.
  • Background in several of the following: optics and photonics, nanotechnology, photonic integrated devices, optoelectronics, quantum mechanics and optical measurements.

A relevant degree project, preparation and readiness to work in a dynamic and internationally-oriented group, presentation and language skills are advantageous qualifications. Acquaintance with nanotechnology tools and techniques for integrated optics, familiarity with fabrication work in cleanroom environments, modelling and experimental characterization of integrated photonic and/or quantum optic devices constitute further merits for the position.

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The application must include the following documents:
  • A short statement of purpose (max 2 pages), discussing your motivation and research interests, your preparation towards a doctoral degree in the research topic, and your future goals
  • A curriculum vitae of maximum 4 pages.
  • Official transcripts and degrees from the academic institutions you previously attended, with certified translations in English (unless provided so by the issuing institution).
  • Two recommendation letters and detailed contact information for at least two references (including the two you arranged for).
  • Representative publications or technical reports (max 2 documents, up to 12 pages each). For longer documents (e.g., theses), please provide an abstract and a web link to the full text.


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Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: According to agreement, preferably as soon as possible
Salary: According to the KTH "student ladder" for doctoral student
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
City: Stockholm
County: Stockholms län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: S-2018-0252
  • Katia Gallo, Professor, +46 73 765 23 15,
  • Val Zwiller, Professor, +46 73 765 2200,
  • Published: 2018-02-22
    Last application date: 2018-04-30 Continue reading