PhD scholarship on Nanoscale Quantum Photonic Devices

DTU Fotonik
mandag 28 aug 17

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Frist 25. september 2017
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A Ph.D. stipend including full salary is available at the Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. The research envisioned in the Ph.D. project aims at exploring quantum information at the nanoscale and developing novel quantum photonic devices. Such quantum devices are central for quantum information networks, quantum computation and quantum cryptography systems, and lie at the basis of a forthcoming Quantum Internet.

The Ph.D. project is mainly experimental and focused on:

  • Exploring a robust and flexible material platform for advanced quantum devices for quantum networks, based on novel crystal-phase quantum dots in nanowires.
  • Developing the epitaxial growth of quantum structures based on multiple quantum dots in a single nanowire.
  • Optimizing these structures to realize a versatile solid-state quantum register with photonic interface (clean-room nano-fabrication of the device and its experimental demonstration).
  • Demonstration of quantum information transfer between of two (and more) quantum registers.
Our group works in a new state-of-the-art nanophotonics lab in tight collaboration with a team of quantum nanophotonics theorists and a team of nanofabrication experts. We have an effective in-house collaboration that covers all aspects of our research: theory and modeling, sample growth and fabrication, experiments and demonstrations. We have created a dynamic research environment of young and senior scientists aimed at excellent science.

Candidates should have obtained a master's degree in physics or electrical engineering with very good results (high GPA) and have a strong interest and ideally background in several of the following topics: nanophotonics, quantum optics, quantum information, semiconductor physics, epitaxial growth and clean-room fabrication. Candidates should have strong analytical skills and keen interest in doing experimental work.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by: Assoc. Prof. Nika Akopian and Senior Researcher Dr. Elizaveta Semenova.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
Salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. The workplace is DTU Fotonik at the DTU Lyngby campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assoc. Prof. Nika Akopian:, and Senior Researcher Dr. Elizaveta Semenova:

You can read more about the Department of Photonics Engineering on DTU Fotonik.

The application must be received no later than 25 September 2017. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All eligible interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
DTU Fotonik has 220 employees with competences in optics and is one of the largest centers in the world based solely on research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.