Tyndall National Institute

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BC-58 PhDs in Silicon photonics circuits based on transfer print integration of active components

Contract Type: Full time/ Fixed Term- 4 years

We seek PhD students to design, build and demonstrate photonic circuits based on heterogeneous integration of the highest performing materials. Silicon based photonics has emerged as the means by which the functional power of photonics (high bandwidth, wavelength division multiplexing, parallelism) can be crystallised and made into circuits akin to electronics. The crux is to integrate active elements (lasers, modulators, detectors, isolators etc) in a seamless manner. We think that the technique of transfer printing where materials and devices are engineered on one substrate before being transferred to the silicon with precise placement will be the key enabler for the mass production of such circuits. See

The projects are part of collaborations within Tyndall National Institute, with companies and research institutes, and funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the European Union H2020 programme.

Key Responsibilities

The successful applicants will develop III-V (InP, GaAs and related materials) semiconductor device design (simulation), silicon circuit design, realisation of the devices (growth, fabrication), integration using transfer printing followed by measurement and  evaluation of the performance of the devices and circuits.

The students will be supported by the wide expertise and excellent infrastructure at Tyndall. The student will use scientific methods to innovate with new concepts. The student should be self-motivated and be ready and able to present their work in conferences and publications. The work must be performed in a safe manner.

Essential Criteria

  • The successful candidates must have first class honours degree or have a MSc. in physics, electrical engineering, material science or a related field.

  • The students must have a good understanding of semiconductor device physics and photonics.

  • The candidates must demonstrate their motivation, initiative, teamwork, excellent writing and communication skills.

  • The candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria set by the postgraduate programme.

Desirable Criteria

  • Relevant experience in the design of devices/circuits, in the fabrication of semiconductor device in a clean room environment or the characterisation of photonic devices is a distinct advantage.

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for successful candidates.  In addition, the yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Any queries relating to this position can be forwarded to Brian Corbett on

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Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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