- Position PhD-student
- Irène Curie Fellowship No
- Department(s) Electrical Engineering
- FTE 1,0
- Date off 15/10/2023
- Reference number V36.6780
The advanced photonic solutions lab (APSL) at the Electro-Optics Communication (ECO) group at Eindhoven University of Technology is recruiting for a PhD position to research advanced photonic packaging solutions based on silicon interposers.
The electro-optical communications (ECO) group in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at TU/e is a globally recognised, leading scientific and applied research group focused on exploiting light for communication and quantum systems. We apply our knowledge in collaboration with other scientists at TU/e and more recently within the newly formed Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) to develop the required solution for many of the relevant challenges in communication and sensing systems. The group expertise spans from the fundamentals and physics of photonics, optics, the design and fabrication of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) systems to exploiting optical linear/non-linear signal processing to unlock fiber capacity and relevant higher layer protocols required to operate modern optical communication networks.
Based in the purposely built FLUX building at the TU/e Campus, the ECO group has access to 300m2 of labs for conducting experimental research and is supported by a state-of-the-art 800m2 cleanroom. With 11 tenured scientists and as many as 70 PhDs, postDocs and senior researchers, the ECO group is a vibrant and exciting research group perfectly suited for talented and ambitious scientists. The group is active in spin outs and starts-ups (e.g. Micro-align, PhotonX Networks and LuXisens Technology) and carries out bilateral industrial research with major stakeholders in the communications industry.
Responsibilities and tasks
The challenge of devising efficient packaging solution for PICs has been a research focus in the APSL for the past 13 years. In recent years, the group has demonstrated the many benefits of using Silicon based interposers for the packaging of PICs and other photonic and electronic ICs in the area of high capacity data comm transceivers and optical wireless photo detectors.
In this project we are looking to further develop the packaging concept based on Silicon interposers to include additional functionalities (light guidance, encapsulation, passive device integration etc) onto the platform.
In order to continue this effort we are seeking to recruit a promising PhD candidate to work on the further development of the silicon bench platform towards packaging of InP PICs for datacomm and telecom applications. The PhD candidate will address challenges around the following areas:
- The modelling, design and fabrication of silicon based interposers for the co-packaging of InP PICs and CMOS ICs.
- The modelling and design of optical guiding structures in silicon for the use in PIC packaging.
- The encapsulation of PICs between multiple silicon wafers and the require packaging knowhow.
- The testing and characterization of packaged devices.
- The demonstration of uses of packaged devices in datacomm test beds.
- Collaboration with industrial partners to demonstrate the packaging of PICs for specific applications (Lidar, OWC, communitation and sensing).
Candidates must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree in Photonics, Electrical Engineering, or Applied Physics. Previous cleanroom experience will be considered an advantage but is not required.
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
- Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
- Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 27 (min. €2,541 max. €3,247).
- A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
- High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
- An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children’s day care and sports facilities.
- An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
- A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
Information and application
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. Curious to hear more about what it’s like as a PhD candidate at TU/e? Please view the video.
If you can see yourself in this position and would like to find out more information please contact Dr Oded Raz (o.raz[at]tue.nl).
Are you inspired and would like to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit our career page.
We invite you to submit a complete application by using the ‘apply now’-button on this page.
The application should include a:
- A cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position.
- A detailed Curriculum Vitae.
- A written scientific report in English (MSc thesis, traineeship report or scientific paper).
- Copies of diplomas with course grades (transcripts).
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 October 2023
We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.