PhD student positions: Blue surface-emitting lasers
Ref REF 2024-0079
Information about the research group and the project
The Photonics Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), with about 35 researchers, is working on optoelectronics, ultrafast optics and fiber-optical communication. A strong research focus is on ultraviolet (UV) and blue surface-emitting devices, such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), photonic-crystal surface emitting lasers (PCSELs), light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and resonant-cavity LEDs (RCLEDs). Our expertise is in device design and simulation, laser fabrication, and material and device characterization. We have developed a novel thin-film lift-off process for AlGaN-materials based on electrochemical etching, which allows integration of III-nitride thin films with various photonic structures, such as dielectric cavities with improved quality factor. These have enabled us to demonstrate the world’s first blue vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) with a high-contrast grating for polarization pinning, thin-film flip-chip UVB LEDs, the shortest emission wavelength from an optically pumped VCSEL at 310 nm and the shortest emission wavelength from a PCSEL.
We are now looking to expand our team with two PhD students; one to work on blue VCSELs for underwater communication in a European Union funded project and one on blue PCSELs.
Major responsibilities and information about the position
As a PhD student in our group, you will be developing blue VCSELs which will be integrated in photonic integrated circuits or blue PCSELs. Your work will be mainly experimental, and you will be trained in device fabrication using state-of-the-art equipment in our clean room as well as characterization of fabricated devices in our measurement lab. In addition, you will have access to our in-house-developed simulation tools for laser design and modeling.
The work will be conducted in close collaboration with the international partners within the project, in particular the partners who will do the epitaxial growth and the integration of our devices. Your major responsibility as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies, where you are expected to develop your own ideas and communicate the results of your research verbally as well as in writing.
By the starting date in April-August 2024, you must have a Master of Science degree or equivalent in Physics, Material Science, Photonics or Electrical Engineering, with knowledge in semiconductor physics and optoelectronic devices. Any experience from device simulations, device fabrication in a clean room environment or device characterization will be a merit. You should be able to work independently as well as in a group. Proficiency in English is a requirement.
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The PhD position is a full-time temporary employment with a starting salary of 32 150 SEK/month, limited to a maximum of 5 years. The position includes departmental work, mostly as a teaching assistant, corresponding to about 10% of the working hours.
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The application should be marked with reference number 20240079 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.
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• Describe your future goals and future research focus
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
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Application deadline: 2024-03-10
For questions, please contact:
Professor Åsa Haglund, Photonics Laboratory, MC2,
firstname.lastname@example.org, +46(0)31-772 1592
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