PhD student position in Photonics: Optical frequency combs for optical communications

Ref: REF 2016-0533


The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience focuses on research, innovation and education within the fields of future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems. A close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academy, industry and society enables scientific excellence and creates an innovative environment. In addition to the 200 researchers and PhD students, MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication with the latest equipment.

The laboratory

The Photonics laboratory at the Microtechnology and Nanoscience Department (MC2) is a dynamic and creative group with about 30 members working in an international and collaborative atmosphere. We perform both curiosity-driven and applied-research in the areas of optoelectronics, nanophotonics, and fiber optic systems. We enjoy a state-of-the-art laboratory for fiber-optic communications and have access to in-house clean-room facilities to manufacture photonic devices engineered at the nanoscale. Part of our recent research efforts focus on Next-generation optical communication systems featuring ultra-fast data rates (>1 Tb/s); Optical fiber amplifiers with world-record noise figures (1 dB); and ultra-high-repetition-rate (>10 GHz) optical frequency comb technology. Please visit: www.chalmers.se/mc2/EN/laboratories/photonics-laboratory/

The project
An optical frequency comb is typically produced by an ultrashort laser pulse train, whose spectrum consists of a series of discrete equidistant lines spanning over a broad bandwidth. The outstanding phase-noise performance of optical frequency combs has revolutionized the fields of optical synthesis and metrology. The applications of this technology range from optical clocks to the synthesis of ultra-pure microwave signals.

This project is funded by the Swedish Research council (VR) and deals with the development of emerging and compact optical frequency comb technology based on silicon nitride microresonators and the study of its suitability for applications in coherent optical communication systems.

Job description
You will get training in ultrafast photonics. The work involves assessment of the microresonator combs, numerical modeling and validation at systems level in our fiber-optic communications laboratory. We expect you to develop and contribute with your own ideas. The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research project. In addition, the position will normally include 10% departmental work, mostly teaching duties.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

You should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering or similar. Experience with ultrafast lasers, silicon photonics and/or with fiber communication systems is a merit. Fluency in English is a requirement.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20160538 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

  1. Application: (Please name the document: APPLICATION, Family name, reference number)
    − CV
    − Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
    − Two references that we can contact.
  2. Personal letter/Qualifications: (Please name the document as: QUALIFICATIONS, family name, ref. number) 
    − 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
    − Previous research fields and main research results.
    − Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?
  3. Other:
    − Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
    − Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).
Application deadline: 20 May, 2017

For questions, please contact:
Victor Torres-Company, Associate Professor
E-mail: torresv@chalmers.se
Phone: +46-31 772 1904

 *** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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