Research Engineer in Quantum Communications

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ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences
30 April, 2012


41° 23' 16.5012" N, 2° 10' 11.7084" E

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences ( is offering an engineering position to a well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic young scientist who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment. The successful candidate will be part of a newly funded project carried out jointly by the Optoelectronics group led by V. Pruneri, the Experimental quantum optics group led by M. Mitchell and the Quantum information theory group led by A. Acin. The proposed project is aimed at developing an extremely fast, integrated and low cost quantum random number generator for applications in the fields of secure communications, gaming and computer simulation.

Besides being responsible for the implementation of the ultra-fast quantum random number generator system, the candidate will also collaborate in other ongoing projects, including those related to free space optical communications and sources, developed within the European Space Agency framework.

Candidates desirably hold an internationally-recognized PhD-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future). Nevertheless, outstanding candidates with a Master-equivalent degree may be taken into account, as well.

The candidate should possess a strong engineering background in devices for optical communication and preferably knowledge in quantum optics. Experience with the following topics is highly desirable for the position: RF hardware and electronics, laser diode and photodetection system design, programming skills (c++, VHDL, Matlab) and free-space optical communication.

The contract is offered for a period of one year, with the possibility for extension. The position is full-time. Remuneration according to knowledge and experience.

No restrictions of citizenship apply to the ICFO research contracts.

Application procedure
The formal application should be submitted online via
Suitable candidates will be requested to submit:
- Presentation letter with a declaration of interest.
- Curriculum Vitae, including full address, a contact phone number and e-mail address.
- The contact e-mail and phone number of previous employer(s) and potential referees.

Candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the selection process.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to valerio [dot] pruneri [at] icfo [dot] eu, morgan [dot] mitchell [at] icfo [dot] eu, or antonio [dot] acin [at] icfo [dot] eu. Formal inquiries regarding the application process may be addressed to icfojobs [at] icfo [dot] eu.

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