We are looking for several enthusiastic and driven PhD and Post-doc researchers in the field of integrated photonics to work on the emerging aluminium oxide integrated photonic platform for the development of photonics integrated circuits operating in the ultraviolet wavelength range.

The research will focus on the design, fabrication and characterization of different photonic building blocks in the aluminium oxide platform. The goal is to fully understand the fabrication process in order to drastically reduce the losses to enable complex devices to be produced for operation down to 200 nm of wavelength. In this research, a deep understanding of material deposition and of each of the different micro fabrication process steps and how they affect the optical performance is essential. The building blocks will be utilized to fabricate two demonstrators in the field of UV spectroscopy and quantum computing. The PhD and post-docs employed in Aluvia will work very closely as a team and will interact with all members of the IOS Group on the technology development as well as the design of the different devices needed for the two demonstrators.

The project will be carried out in the Integrated Optical Systems (IOS) Group. This research group develops materials, integration technologies and integrated photonics devices (PICs) to enable different applications such as (bio)sensing, LiDAR, metrology, spectroscopy and quantum technology. Fabrication of the devices will take place in the MESA+ Nanolab within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. The Aluvia team will work very closely with the project partners, as well as other members of the Integrated Photonics community at the University of Twente.


You have a Master/PhD degree in electrical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, applied physics, engineering physics or a related field with excellent experimental and theoretical skills. You have experience with at least one of the following: Deposition of optical materials, electron beam lithography, reactive ion etching, chemical mechanical polishing, design of integrated photonics circuits and optical characterization.

You have a good team spirit and like working in an international environment.

You are fluent in English and have the drive to collaborate intensively with industrial and academic parties.


You will be appointed on a fulltime position for four years. The position is available as of December 2022. The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment. The PhD salary is € 2.541,- in the first year, increasing to € 3.247,- in the fourth year. The Post-doc salary starts at € 3.282,- in the first year after obtaining a PhD, increasing to max € 4.490,- depending on experience and level of independence. The offer further involves a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme, a minimum of 29 holidays, and numerous professional and personal development programmes.


Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, a publication list, contact details of at least 2 references, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. You can send your application through the apply button before 30 September 2022. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact prof. dr. Sonia M. García-Blanco E- mail s.m.garciablanco@utwente.nl / telephone 053-4896104


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