Aarhus University (AU)

Postdoc position in Integrated Quantum Optics

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus C, Denmark

Within the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark, a 2-year postdoc position in the field of photonic integration is available.

Quantum optics is going to play a large role in future computing, sensing, and secure communication. However, many demonstrations are laboratory-based, limiting the real-world applications and impact. Our objective is to realize a generic photonic integration platform (so-called “optical chips”) for quantum optics, based on mature, foundry-based processes. Such a platform will be robust, versatile and scalable, for feasible and credible transfer out of the laboratory. Thus, an actual quantum technology will be realized.

You will design and develop photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for the switching and de-multiplexing of single photons at unprecedented low loss, using silicon nitride technology 1. Novel all-optical ultrafast switches will be explored and realized, and these will be cascaded to realize de-multiplexers. The PICs will be designed and experimentally characterized by you. Our Fotonik Lab is fully equipped to do this. Fabrication of the PICs will be done in commercial foundries. Together with our academic and commercial partners we will then implement these PICs into larger-scale systems for communication and computing.

Our group (https://eng.au.dk/en/photonic-integrated-circuits/) takes a fabless approach, which means that we focus on the simulation, design and characterization of circuits for the selected applications, leaving the fabrication to so-called foundry platforms, e.g., as offered through JePPIX (www.jeppix.eu) and ePIXfab (http://epixfab.eu/).

Aarhus University is a leading research university, which is in the top-100 on several major global university rankings. The Department of Engineering has only recently been established and is growing rapidly in terms of students, staff and research output, thereby offering very nice opportunities for pioneering efforts. You will actively be involved in reaching out to industry to transfer this photonic technology and in acquiring new projects based on this work.

Qualifications and specific competences
Applicants must have:

  • a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or similar, with a strong publication track record in fields relevant to the position;
  • a solid background in opto-electronics / photonics;
  • experimental skills in optics and photonics;
  • the ability and willingness to explore the fundamental limits of photonic integrated circuit performance;
  • the ability to work with experts from a broad range of scientific and technology backgrounds;
  • strong communication and collaboration skills.

Potential applications are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Martijn Heck (mheck@eng.au.dk) or Assistant Professor Nicolas Volet (volet@eng.au.dk) for more background information and/or questions.

1 Wörhoff et al., “TriPleX: a versatile dielectric photonic platform”, Advanced Optical Technologies 4 (2015); https://doi.org/10.1515/aot-2015-0016.

The place of work is Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N.

The position is available from March 15, 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Aarhus University
Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,000 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 885 million. Learn more at www.international.au.dk/

29 February 2020

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