PhD position on Plasmonic-hybrid optical circulators

Updated: 29 days ago
Deadline: 28 Apr 2024

Irène Curie Fellowship



Electrical Engineering

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Job description

Photonics is widely regarded as the key enabling technology of the 21st century and its application and use in many scientific and industrial fields is accelerated through Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), which combine many optical components into a miniaturized chip format. Similar to electronic ICs, PICs are revolutionizing areas such as healthcare, communication and sensing and have the potential to be disruptive to the whole society. A key element in building towards very large scale integration (VLSI) of photonics is the optical circulator, which manages the flow of light in complex networks.

TU/e, together with several multidisciplinary European partners, are researching towards a fully integrated and miniaturized optical circulator based on a novel plasmonic-hybrid concept, within a recently granted European project CIRCULIGHT. Within the project, TU/e is responsible for the photonic platform development and integration of the plasmonic-hybrid material into the waveguide system.

This PhD position is opened particularly targeting the design of photonic devices, hosting the plasmonic-hybrid material, as well as the technology development of the integration process. Record efficiency and footprint are anticipated by such integration concept. Besides from pursuing the device performance beyond state of the art, it is also envisaged to integrate such device into a comprehensive manufacturing platform consisting of highest performance polarization, phase and gain control elements. The InP membrane on silicon (imos) platform – pioneered at TU/e – will be developed into a comprehensive heterogeneous integration methodology which supports integration by means of wafer, die and coupon bonding. . 

Together, as part of a big team, you will be working closely with a multidisciplinary consortium, covering from material sciences, optical physics through to social sciences.

The new position will involve hands-on process development using recently installed, state of the art 4" (100 mm) indium phosphide manufacturing line, including high reproducibility epitaxy, deep ultra-violet scanner lithography and industry-grade etch and deposition equipment. These facilities and the associated expertise are considered to be unique in an academic research environment. The project is supported with the infrastructure at the TU/e nanolab.

Candidates are welcome to ask for additional technical background information from Yuqing Jiao, [email protected] .


The position is in the Photonic Integration Research Group, which is a part of the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) . Our strong supporting infrastructure of laboratories, clean room infrastructure and technology know-how allows you to focus on your research and generate new opportunities for collaboration and growth. We believe we can only be world class if our researchers are doing well and feeling good.

The Eindhoven Brainport region, where we are located, is recognized as one of the most important regions in Europe for high-tech developments by the EU. Regional focus on specific technologies creates specific ecosystems to cooperate and commercialize technologies such as integrated photonics, high-tech systems and quantum technology.

We believe that professional development comes hand-in-hand with personal development. Therefore, you will also have access to high-quality training programs on general skills and topics related to research and valorization.

Job requirements
  • A master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in electrical engineering, or (applied) physics,  with a genuine interest in pursuing a PhD
  • A team player able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level). There is no Dutch language requirement.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process .
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager, dr. Yuqing Jiao, [email protected] .

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The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

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