PhD position on Quantum-grade components for quantum key distribution systems

Research / Academic


Our modern way of life is critically dependent on efficient and secure transmission of data. The conventional method using the public key infrastructure to secure all this data is under increasing attack. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) offers a secure way of encrypting data, guaranteed by the laws of nature. The European Quantum flagship project Uniqorn is going to address the component- and network-level integration of communication concepts for QKD. Within this collaborative effort that brings together the key players in Europe, Eindhoven University of Technology will work closely with the Dutch foundry Smart Photonics in developing quantum-grade monolithically integrated indium-phosphide-based components. It will be the task of the PhD student to develop and demonstrate novel concepts for components such as balanced photo-detectors and optical mixers within the QKD framework. This work will build on and make use of the existing photonic integration platform of TU/e and Smart Photonics.

The PhD student will be part of the Photonic Integration group ( of the Electrical Engineering department of Eindhoven University of Technology. This is an internationally oriented group which is leading in researching, developing and utilizing photonic integration with III-V semiconductors to realize cutting edge photonic devices and circuits. With our NanoLabNL facilities and our partnerships with companies like Smart Photonics, we are not only able to design these photonic ICs, but also to actually produce, characterize and analyze their performance.

We are looking for candidates who are interested in the application of integrated photonics for quantum optics.

Successful candidates should have good writing and documentation skills, excellent analytical and research capabilities and good communication skills. They must be able to organize their own work well and set and pursue their goals independently. The candidate will collaborate with an internationally renowned network of European academics and industry experts.</p


We are looking for candidates with a MSc diploma in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Applied Physics, preferably with not more than four years' experience in research after the graduation, and with good skills in programming tools and an interest in photonics and electronics.</p

Salary Benefits:

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • full-time temporary appointment for 3 years, which will be extended with one year if it is successful;
  • gross salary between € 2266,00 and € 2.897,00 per month based on full-time employment;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities);
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    Work Hours:

    38 hours per week


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