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Research position in Integrated Photonics for Nonlinear Frequency Conversion

Are you passionate about Nonlinear Optics and Photonic Integrated Circuits? Are you interested in industry-oriented research? The Department of ECE at Aarhus University has an open research position for 12 months that aims to establish a business for photonic quantum technologies.

Expected start date

This project runs from October 1, 2022 until September 30, 2023. The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Job description

You will be developing photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for nonlinear frequency conversion. You will be working primarily with devices heterogeneously integrated on silicon. Our approach is fabless: the fabrication will be done by external partners. The position will thus focus on the design and the characterization of these PICs. You will be involved with the frequency conversion of photons towards the telecom C band, and towards the mid-infrared. The PICs will be characterized in our Photonics Lab at Aarhus University, which is fully equipped for this project.  You will be working in close collaboration with several companies. Targeted applications are communications and sensing with novel devices with reduced size, weight and operating power.

Your profile


  • MSc and/or a PhD in Applied Physics, Photonics, Electrical Engineering or similar.
  • Substantial hands-on experience with optical and electrical device characterization.
  • Experience in designing and simulating photonic devices.
  • Strong background in integrated optics, combined with a track record of high-quality scientific production.
  • You should enjoy engineering challenges and experimental work, perform well in a team and be strongly motivated to pursue research of high standard.
  • Good communication skills and command of written and spoken English, since this is a part of the daily work.

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of Nonlinear Optics, especially for second-order nonlinear frequency conversion.
  • Experience or knowledge of the processes in nano fabrication of photonic devices, and photonics packaging.
  • As a person, you are ready to take on new challenges and work hard, can work independently, but are also a good team player, willing to support junior members and have pedagogical ability.
  • A research track record showing the capability to work independently and in a goal-oriented fashion, actively contributing to a dynamic, multidisciplinary and supportive work environment, nurturing collaboration, internationalization, diversity and equal opportunities.

Who we are

The Group of Integrated Photonics is part of the Department of ECE at Aarhus University. Our work explores physical and technological approaches that can enhance the performance of photonic devices while reducing their size and cost. We are primarily interested in demonstrating elegant solutions for photonic components, paving the way to systems fully integrated on a single chip and compatible with high-volume production capabilities. These photonic integrated circuits (PICs) find applications in telecommunication, quantum technologies, biomedical, and sensing.

What we offer

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a work environment encouraging lively, open and critical discussion
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterized by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance

Selected literature

  1. E. Z. Ulsig, et al., “Efficient Low Threshold Frequency Conversion in AlGaAs-On-Insulator Waveguides”, Front. Photonics 3, 904651 (2022). https://doi.org/10.3389/fphot.2022.904651
  2. B. Da Lio, et al., “A Pure and Indistinguishable Single-Photon Source at Telecommunication Wavelength”, Adv. Quantum Tech. 5, 2200006 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1002/qute.202200006
  3. R. Uppu, et al., ”Scalable Integrated Single-Photon Source”, Sci. Adv. 6, eabc8268 (2020).

Place of work

Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark.

Contact information

For further information and to apply, please send an email to:

Assistant Professor Nicolas Volet, volet@ece.au.dk.


Applications must be received no later than September 1, 2022.

For future PhD students:

The call for PhD project is currently closed. We expect to have more positions available soon. If you are interested to join our group as a PhD student, feel free to contact us today for more information. Practical information on the next call can be found on the webpage of the Graduate School of Technical Sciences (GSTS).

For Master's students:

Are you enrolled as a Master's student and want some research experience in Photonics and get ECTS for it? Yes, we can make this happen and we have some nice opportunities for the upcoming semester: 

  • R&D project for 5 ECTS or 10 ECTS
  • Study course in EE for 5 ECTS
  • Master's thesis for 30 ECTS

Different topics are available, feel free to contact us today for more information.

For future postdoctoral researchers:

We expect to have more positions available soon. If you are interested to join our group as a postdoc, feel free to contact us today for more information.

For internships:

There are opportunities for internships in our group. If you are an international student who would like to join us between a few weeks to a few months, feel free to contact us and let us know your interests.
We welcome PhD students in exchange, guest researchers, and students for Summer/Winter internships.