Ghent University Offers Postdoctoral Position in Silicon Optomechanics in Belgium, 2019

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Scholarship Description:

The HOT-project consists of 17 leading academic and industrial partners from across Europe, composed of 13 universities and 4 industrial partners. The collaboration is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 FET-Proactive program for research and innovation.

Its aim is to lay the foundation for a new generation of hybrid devices which exploit a nano- or micro-mechanical oscillator to the couple and control the electrical, optical and microwave domains

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Host College/University:

The Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research in both exact and social sciences. Ghent University aims to encourage its students to adopt a critical approach within a creative, development-oriented educational and research environment.

Degree level:

Fellowship is available to the postdoctoral research program.

Field of Study:

Fellowship is awarded in the fields of Silicon Optomechanics.

Nationalities:

Fellowship is available for International students.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • You are ambitious, talented and have a strong background in photonics.
  • You have recently obtained a PhD-degree or carried out substantial research, in the fields of integrated photonics and/or optomechanics.
  • You are passionate about science but also interested in investigating how to bring fundamental research closer to an application.
  • You possess good verbal and written English communication skills allowing you to effectively communicate with the project partners.

English Language Requirements: 

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.

Applying procedure Instructions:

The HOT-project consists of 17 leading academic and industrial partners from across Europe, composed of 13 universities and 4 industrial partners. The collaboration is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 FET-Proactive program for research and innovation. Its aim is to lay the foundation for a new generation of hybrid devices which exploit a nano- or micro-mechanical oscillator to couple and control the electrical, optical and microwave domains. These devices will enable capabilities such as low phase-noise microwave generation, radio frequency-to-optical conversion and on-chip microwave and optical isolators. Target domains include medicine (MRI), security (radar and terahertz imaging), timing and navigation, and future quantum technology.

There is not only rich fundamental physics to be investigated in these systems – HOT seeks to generate non-classical states of mechanical systems, observe self-organization of multi-element systems and demonstrate molecular optomechanics – but also room for commercialization of these technologies.

To this end, the task of the UGent Photonics Research Group is to develop processes that allow to fabricate the devices in CMOS foundries and to demonstrate the technology can scale according to the demands of the consumer market.

In collaboration with other project partners, you will model and design novel hybrid opto-electro-mechanical structures. Following their fabrication in a CMOS-pilot line, you will be responsible for their characterization and evaluation. The work is carried out in the context of the EU-project HOT, coordinated by prof. T. Kippenberg (EPFL). You will participate in the project meetings and collaborate with other partners.

Scholarship Official Web Links:

Please submit your expression of interest with resume and motivation letter by applying online.

Scholarship Link: ◄–

Scholarship Deadline:

January 15, 2019.

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