PhD position for Cryogenic silicon nitride.

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University of Twente (UT)


We are looking for a PhD candidate to work on developing low-loss silicon nitride integrated photonics circuits at cryogenic temperatures. You will develop, optimise and apply nanofabrication techniques to make these circuits in the UT’s Nanolab, analyse the results and make proof-of-principle demonstrations in the domain of cryogenic quantum optics

Your home base? The Adaptive Quantum Optics (AQO) chair at the prestigious MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, nestled within the vibrant University of Twente. With Prof. Pepijn Pinkse as your supervisor, you'll be guided by expertise every step of the way. Join us at the forefront of innovation and exploration!

We work closely together with our colleagues in the integrated photonics program.


  • You have an enthusiastic and highly motivated research attitude
  • A master’s degree in Physics with a background in integrated photonics, (quantum) optics or related areas.
  • English writing and presentation skills.
  • You have a good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment.


  • A full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.770,- (first year) to € 3.539,- (fourth year).
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School of the University of Twente where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.

Meer informatie

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before March 31 and should include:
  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivations to apply for this position.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, and, if applicable, a list of publications.
  • An IELTS-test, Internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT), or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE). Applicants with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet. TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).

For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Pepijn Pinkse,p.w.h.pinkse@utwente.nl