PhD Position: Wafer-scale Integration of Photonics and Electronics (WIPE), Netherlands

Photonics is a rapidly growing field with a total market volume that is comparable to the market of microelectronics. Whereas micro and nanophotonic integration are dominant technologies in the field of electronics, photonic integration is still in its infancy, but rapidly growing. The photonic integration group has been pioneering the introduction of generic integration technologies to support a broad range of functionalities from a small set of basic components, similar to CMOS technology in electronics. We now look to integrate photonic ICs on top of electronic ICs (silicon photonics).

This research project addresses a breakthrough solution to the problem of integrating photonic and electronic functionality. We propose a wafer-scale approach for integrating photonic and electronic ICs fabricated in existing high-performance integration processes. Photronic ICs – single-chip photonic-electronic integrated circuits – are predicted to outperform discrete electronic optical systems in terms of performance, physical size and ease of assembly. The successful applicant will develop new methods for connecting electronic and photonic ICs at the wafer scale, collaborating closely with colleagues in the photonic integration group, the mixed signal microelectronics group and the industry.  Research will also take place in the cleanroom facilities at Nanolab@TU/e ( Critical performance breakthroughs are directly targeted in high-speed data networks, with a number of future potential applications in precision metrology, non-invasive healthcare, safety systems, monitoring and control. The research project  is executed by a consortium with leading European industrial and academic partners, in the framework of the European Horizon 2020 program,

PhI is involved in a number of national and international research projects and also coordinates the JePPIX platform ( PhI research offers a range of opportunities for students to do research on advanced photonic ICs and technology. PhI alumini are recruited by a variety of leading and global high-tech companies that use Photonic ICs in their products.

Job requirements

  • Masters degree in Applied Physics, Optical Science or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with clean room microfabrication technology
  • Affinity for photonic devices and circuits
  • Ability to work with experts from a broad range of scientific and technology backgrounds
  • Fluent spoken and written English

Conditions of employment

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • full-time temporary appointment for 4 years.
  • gross salary between € ۲٫۱۲۵,۰۰ and € ۲٫۷۱۷,۰۰
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application


If interested, please use ‘apply now’-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following: a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and portfolio with relevant work. Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each!


  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and key achievements in research project(s));
  • contact information of two references.
  • copies of diplomas with course grades

Further Information

Application Deadline : 28 December 2015

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