Doctoral student in integrated quantum photonics

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 03 Sep 2018

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 architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Physics / Optics and Photonics

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 PhD 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.

What we offer


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • posses equivalent knowledge acquired by other means, within or outside Sweden.


In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:

  • ability to independently pursue his or her work,
  • ability to collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.
  • interest in several of the following: nanofabrication and cleanroom technology for phototonics, 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.

Target degree: Doctoral

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.

Eligibility, selection and admissions are regulated in antagningsordning till utbildning vid Kungl. Tekniska högskolan and the program description for the doctoral program and current subject syllabus available on KTH's website .

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Union representatives

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Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

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Apply for the position and admission through KTH:s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET / CEST (Central European Time / Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Statement of purpose: Why do you want to pursue a PhD, what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals; maximum 2 pages long.
  • Copy of the degree certificate(s) and transcripts of records from your previously attended university-level institutions. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents are not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports: Documents no longer than 10 pages each. For longer documents (e.g. theses), please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.


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