Postdoc Position in Silicon Optomechanics

Ghent University


Postdoc Position “Silicon Optomechanics”

Last application date
Jan 15, 2019 23:59

TW05 - Department of Information technology

Limited duration

PhD in Physics, Photonics, Applied Sciences

Occupancy rate

Vacancy Type
Research staff


Job description

The HOT-project ( consists of 17 leading academic and industrial partners from across Europe, composed of 13 universities and 4 industrial partners. The collaboration is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 FET-Proactive programme for research and innovation. Its aim is to lay the foundation for a new generation of hybrid devices which exploit a nano- or micro-mechanical oscillator to couple and control the electrical, optical and microwave domains. These devices will enable capabilities such as low phase-noise microwave generation, radiofrequency-to-optical conversion and on-chip microwave and optical isolators. Target domains include medicine (MRI), security (radar and terahertz imaging), timing and navigation, and future quantum technology.


There is not only rich fundamental physics to be investigated in these systems – HOT seeks to generate non-classical states of mechanical systems, observe self-organization of multi-element systems and demonstrate molecular optomechanics – but also room for commercialization of these technologies.


To this end, the task of the UGent Photonics Research Group is to develop processes that allow to fabricate the devices in CMOS foundries and to demonstrate the technology can scale according to the demands of the consumer market.


In collaboration with other project partners, you will model and design novel hybrid opto-electro-mechanical structures. Following their fabrication in a CMOS-pilot line, you will be responsible for their characterization and evaluation. The work is carried out in the context of the EU-project HOT, coordinated by prof. T. Kippenberg (EPFL). You will participate in the project meetings and collaborate with other partners.


Profile of the candidate

  • You are ambitious, talented and have a strong background in photonics.

  • You have recently obtained a PhD-degree or carried out substantial research, in the fields of integrated photonics and/or optomechanics.

  • You are passionate about science but also interested in investigating how to bring fundamental research closer to an application.

  • You possess good verbal and written English communication skills allowing you to effectively communicate with the project partners.


How to apply

Please submit your expression of interest with resume and motivation letter by applying online through the following link:


For further information, please contact:

Prof. Dries Van Thourhout
Photonics Research Group

In your application, please refer to


amsterdam uni

antwerp uni

cambridge uni

florida uni

hamburg uni

harvard uni

hiroshima uni

oslo uni

purdue uni

ryerson uni

shanghai jiao tong uni

stockholm uni