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Postdoc Researcher – Phase-Change Materials for Integrated Photonics

Photonics is widely regarded as the key enabling technology of the 21st century and its application and use in many scientific and industrial fields is …

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
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Photonics is widely regarded as the key enabling technology of the 21st century and its application and use in many scientific and industrial fields is accelerated though Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), which combine many optical components into a miniaturized chip format. Similar to electronic ICs, PICs are revolutionizing areas such as healthcare, communication, and sensing and have the potential to be disruptive to the whole society.

The Eindhoven region and its PhotonDelta ecosystem offer ample opportunities for developing a R&D career in photonics, within large companies such as ASML and Philips or fast-growing spin-offs. At the TU-Eindhoven, we have one of the world's best equipped cleanroom laboratories for research on photonic integrated circuits. We have demonstrated advanced photonic IC's, integrating lasers, optical amplifiers, modulators, and detectors with a variety of passive components in a single chip with dimensions of a few millimeters. The main application areas, so far, are in telecommunications and data communications, sensors and health.

The new project envisages development of low-energy, actively tunable modulators and switches based on phase-change materials. A willingness to work both on the theoretical aspects of tunable photonic elements and their practical implementation is expected. More practically, this means the design of novel low-energy switches and modulators based on phase-change materials, as well as their integration on the IMOS (Indium phosphide Membrane on Silicon) platform. The work will require simulations (optical, electrical, thermal), device layout and process flow design, as well as fabrication in the cleanroom. The device fabrication will be done in the Nanolab@TUe.

For this project, we have one open postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will join the phase-change material team in the Photonic Integration (PhI) Group.


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD preferably in Electrical Engineering or Physics. The candidate should have a strong background in photonic integrated circuits and semiconductor devices. Good knowledge of semiconductor physics, photonics, and optical component design are expected. Furthermore, experience with cleanroom fabrication, device characterization, as well as modeling are highly desirable. Previous experience with phase-change materials would be a plus but is not required.

We are searching for candidates with excellent team-work capabilities. Successful candidates should have very good writing and documentation skills, excellent analytical skills, and communication ability. They should be proactive and able to organize their own work independently to pursue the project-oriented goals, while maintaining a high degree of collaboration with the team.

We are strongly committed to collectively creating an inclusive and welcoming group culture. We recognize that different perspectives and knowledge processing modes, which are both influenced by identification with particular groups (such as socioeconomic status, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture), allow us to effectively solve new and complex problems.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time 2-year fixed-term position, with possibilities for extension, in a research group with an excellent reputation and strong collaboration with industry.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics, and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (scale 10).
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care, and sports facilities.

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More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? For more information about the project please contact dr. Ann-Katrin Michel (a.k.u.michel[at]tue.nl), who will join PhI in 05/2021 as Assistant Professor, or prof. Kevin Williams (k.a.williams[at]tue.nl) .

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact our HR department (hrservices.flux[at]tue.nl).

Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!


We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:
  • Cover letter explaining your motivation, background, research achievements, mentorship as well as leadership experiences, and qualifications for the position.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • Publication list including patents if applicable. Please select three publications which are your personal highlights.
  • Contact information of two references.
  • Copies of diplomas (English transcripts if applicable).
  • Optional: Teaching evaluation, English language certificate, etc.

Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary, please combine files.

We look forward to your application and we will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled. Applications by e-mail are not accepted.