Postdoc position on Nanophotonic switches on silicon photonics platform

Postdoc position on Nanophotonic switches on silicon photonics platform

Ghent University – IMEC, Photonics Research Group
Closing date: Open until filled
Contact person: Prof. Dries Van Thourhout (

Project Description

You will develop an optical switching layer for guiding femtosecond laser pulses to an optical memory layer. The core elements to be developed will be a low power switch with sufficient bandwidth for switching sub-picosecond pulses and nanophotonic elements for coupling light out of the guiding layer with subwavelength localization.

The candidate will work both with the group of Prof. Van Thourhout at Ghent University and the group of dr. Van Campenhout at imec-Leuven. The work will involve design and advanced characterization. Part of the fabrication will be carried out in imec’s pilot lines, part will be carried out by the candidate in the cleanroom labs of UGent and imec. The candidate will be responsible for the interaction between both groups and for the communication with the project partners. Therefore it is essential the candidate has good communication and interpersonal skills. The position will be carried out in the H2020 SPICE project.


  • The candidate should have a PhD in the fields of nanophotonics or plasmonics
  • The candidate should have experience with advanced photonics simulations tools (FDTD, FEM, …)
  • Preferably the candidate has experience in nanofabriation and characterisation of photonic devices

Offer: 3 year position

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