Research engineer position in software development for quantum communication

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ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
4 August, 2020


Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
Castelldefels 08860
Phone: +34935534101


The Optoelectronics Group, led by Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri, at ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences is offering a research engineer position to a well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic individual who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment.

The successful candidate will work on our projects related to Quantum and Quantum Key Distribution. This project seeks to develop quantum key distribution systems that can be readily integrated into modern optical telecommunication networks. The successful candidate will be working on developing software for data analysis, cryptography algorithms and codes, and user applications. This position will be co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the framework of the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020


-  Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) preferably in software engineering or related topics.

-  Knowledge of Java, Python, C/C++, or Embedded software programming is desired. 

The selected candidate will strongly benefit from a multidisciplinary environment with other research engineers, post-doctoral researcher and PhD students with experience in FPGA programming, and optical communication.

ICFO is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions related to disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The contract is offered for periods of one year, renewable.


The formal application should be submitted online via

Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

-       Presentation letter with a declaration of interest

-       Curriculum Vitae, including contact details

-       The contact e-mail of two potential referees.

Candidates may contact jobs [at] icfo [dot] eu for informal enquiries regarding the application, as well as address scientific enquiries to valerio [dot] pruneri [at] icfo [dot] eu

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