ITN PhD (ESR) position in manipulating photons in integrated circuits at cryogenic temperatures

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University of Oxford
6 January, 2014


University of Oxford Oxford
United Kingdom
51° 45' 7.2756" N, 1° 15' 27.8136" W

Expected start date: February 2014
Duration: 36 months

A position for Early Stage Researchers (PhD level) is available within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “PICQUE-Photonic Integrated Compound Quantum Encoding”  (

PICQUE is an European Commission funded network focused at educating Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs) involving 10 full partners and 8 associated partners from 7 different European countries, both academic and industrial.
PICQUE ESRs will attend a PhD programme at the corresponding host institution. ESRs and ERs will be seconded at least once during the fellowship at another partner site and will participate to scientific schools, workshops and courses in complementary skills organized within the project (
The Ultrafast Group is developing components for the next generation of photonic quantum information processors, which could enable powerful quantum enhanced technologies in the near future. As an Early Stage Researcher within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network PICQUE, you will work to develop an integrated, tunable, multi-port interferometer in a silica waveguide chip. You will develop a strain-optic phase control system compatible with cryogenic operation, and will interface single photon sources with the multiport device, as well as superconducting transition edge sensors to enable efficient photodetection. You will develop experimental skills in quantum optics, fibre optics and waveguide fabrication, non-linear optics, cryogenics and photodetection. A secondment to Qutools GmbH in Germany is planned for several months in the first two years, to explore the compatibility of commercial photon sources with an integrated photonic processing architecture. The successful candidate will be registered for an Oxford DPhil.
ESRs must not have carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the past 3 years, not have been awarded a doctorate and be in the first 4 years (FTE) of their research careers.
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