PhD position in reconfigurable planar optics

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Oct 2021

PhD position in reconfigurable planar optics

The Nanophotonic Systems Laboratory (Pr. Romain Quidant) at ETH Zurich is searching for a Ph.D student to work on heat control on the microscale and its application to the development of novel reconfigurable planar optical elements for imaging. 

In the Nanophotonic Systems Laboratory , we exploit our advanced control of light-matter interaction at the nanometer scale as a key enabling tool to address scientific and technological challenges over a broad range of fields. Our research is interdisciplinary and brings together a unique combination of expertise and skills with talented international members with diverse academic backgrounds. 

Project background

Losses in metals have long been considered as a major issue in science and technology, and over the years, disciplines like photonics and electronics have put extensive efforts to reduce their impact on device performances. Here, we embrace a new paradigm, where heat generation in metals becomes an enabling tool, relevant to a wide range of applications rather than a limitation. In this context, we have developed an extensive toolbox to engineer heat generation at the nano-​ and micro-​scale, either optically (Thermoplasmonics) or electrically. We utilize tunable optical properties of a thermo-optical material to engineer free form and tunable optical elements. This project envisages the extension of this smart approach towards real life applications like bio-imaging through controlled design of the thermal field. 

Job description

We are searching for a talented, creative, and motivated PhD student to work on the electrical control of the thermal landscape and its applications to imaging. Main tasks include:

  • To design, fabricate and characterize electrical and optical micro- and nanosystems
  • To develop optical set-ups
  • To interact with collaborators from other fields
  • To write publications and promote the results at international conferences 

Your profile

Essential background and profile:

  • A Master’s degree in physics or engineering with an excellent academic track record.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently in an academically diverse environment.

Knowledge in any of the following areas is an advantage:

  • Photonics, design of electronic circuits, numerical simulations, microfabrication

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.


We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents:

  • Update CV including contact information for 2 referees
  • Motivation Letter

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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