PhD positions in: device independent quantum communication; quantum cryptography, and single photon detection

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University of Geneva
30 April, 2014


University of Geneva, Department of Applied Physics - Optics
22, chemin de Pinchat
46° 10' 40.2672" N, 6° 8' 42.306" E

The Optics group at the University of Geneva is currently seeking outstanding candidates for several open Ph.D. positions. Our group is exploring quantum communication ranging from applied to more fundamental perspectives, along with the development of associated quantum technologies, such as photon sources and single photon detectors.  We invite candidates for the following positions:

Device Independent Quantum Communication: The successful candidate will work on advanced entangled and nonlinear photonic systems with the aim of bridging the gap between fundamental tests, such as Bell inequalities, and quantum communication primitives such as quantum cryptography and random number generation.

Quantum Cryptography: The successful candidate will develop advanced quantum cryptography systems, study their performance and look at practical security issues including quantum hacking.

Single Photon Detection: The successful candidate will work on a range of different technologies from solid-state devices to superconducting systems. The work will cover development and testing as well as implementation in on-going experiments within the group and with external collaborators. Prior knowledge in electronics or low-temperature physics are advantageous but not necessary.

The Applied Physics Department enjoys a high reputation on an international level and is excellently equipped for performing world-class research. We are very well connected to the international research community and have several research groups working in close collaboration on quantum memories and repeaters, macroscopic quantum systems, non-locality and entanglement as well as quantum optics theory. We offer a highly attractive research environment and salaries according to Swiss standards.

The candidates must have a completed masters degree in Physics or related disciplines with excellent grades, be highly motivated and enjoy working in an international team.

Candidates should send an e-mail with a CV and motivation letter to either Hugo [dot] Zbinden [at] unige [dot] ch (Hugo Zbinden) or Robert [dot] Thew [at] unige [dot] ch (Rob Thew). They should also arrange for recommendation letters to be sent to the same address.

Further information about the group can be found at



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