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.

Information about the project

The Photonics laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, with about 30 members, is involved with research on optical communication systems, optical amplifiers, and optoelectronics. We have a state-of-the experimental facility for optical communication and excellent funding over the next several years. Our research is both experimental and numerical and we have extensive international collaboration. We also have access to a state-of-the-art clean room for fabrication of optical structures and devices as well as experience in commercializing our research.

In the area of communication, we implement new modulation formats to achieve higher spectral efficiency in optical communication channels, thereby increasing capacity. Ultralow noise optical amplifiers are investigated as they allow a significant increase of throughput in long-haul transmission. The more device-oriented research deals with lasers satisfying requirements for optical interconnects in terms of speed and power consumption. The work is coordinated in the Fibre Optical Communications Research Centre (FORCE), see www.chalmers.se/force.

Energy efficiency in optical communication is an increasingly important and industry-relevant topic. In this project, we focus our activities on optical fibre communication by addressing the highly relevant topics of the data throughput and energy efficiency in both short- and long-haul links. We will explore different aspects of reducing the energy consumption by co-optimizing the optical hardware, the associated electronics, modulation formats, and signal recovery and error-correction algorithms. Applications include optical interconnects for e.g. data centers, but also longer reach systems for e.g. metro networks. This is an inter-disciplinary project involving people from three different departments at Chalmers as well as three companies in Sweden.

We are now seeking an innovative self-motivated person that will be able work independently as well as in larger teams. The project is funded by Sweden's innovation agency (Vinnova).

Major responsibilities
The person filling this position will participate in research as outlined above and will be conducting mainly experimental work and supporting it with numerical simulation work. The work includes the analysis and characterisation of devices, concepts, sub-systems, and full systems in collaboration with our three partner companies. The appointment offers an opportunity to qualify for further research positions within academia or industry. Included in the work is also to some extent taking part in the supervision and teaching of undergraduate students as well as departmental duties.

Position summary
The position as a PhD student is a full-time temporary employment, limited to a maximum of four years, plus teaching and other departmental duties. A monthly salary is paid. There are no tuition fees for PhD studies at Chalmers.

Qualifications
Applicant should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Photonics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, or similar, with a strong background in optical communications or optoelectronics. Excellent team-working skills, presentation skills, and fluency in English are required. Chalmers offers Swedish courses. As important merits will be considered knowledge of optical devices and their fabrication and experience with optical transmission experiments. Matlab and other simulation software, teaching experience, and publications.

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 20170590 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, 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?

Other documents:
• 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: 28 February, 2018

For questions, please contact:
Peter Andrekson, MC2, peter.andrekson@chalmers.se
Magnus Karlsson, MC2, magnus.karlsson@chalmers.se

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