Research Fellow: Integrated photonics for quantum computing, Southampton

Application deadline
Highfield Campus, University of Southampton
£30,942 to £32,817 per annum

The Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton invites applications for a fixed-term 2-year postdoctoral position in the area of theory and simulation of integrated photonics for chip-based quantum computing applications.

This post is part of the new EPSRC Hub in Quantum Computing and Simulation, a nationwide network of universities and industrial partners to develop the next generation of quantum technology devices, led by the University of Oxford. You will join a vibrant and friendly interdisciplinary team of theorists, fabricators, and experimentalists in Southampton and collaborate with our partners across the Hub.

Cold trapped ions interacting via single photons have emerged as a leading platform for quantum information processing and quantum computing. The goal of this project is to miniaturise this technology on planar chips. In particular, you will be working on the design and simulation of the integration of optical components, such as waveguides, couplers, beamsplitters, mode converters, and resonators. Such optical integration will then allow for on-chip laser cooling of the atomic motion as well as optical quantum state preparation, manipulation, and read-out. The optimised devices will be fabricated in the Southampton cleanrooms and will then be incorporated in the experiments in Oxford.

You will need a PhD in Physics, Engineering, or a related discipline and a detailed understanding of optics and photonics. You should have previous experience in numerical methods and computer simulation, ideally with knowledge of finite element simulations (e.g. in Comsol) and/or other computational photonics tools and programming languages.

For more information please contact Dr Peter Horak by email at

The Optoelectronics Research Centre has a 40-year track record of pioneering contributions in photonics and is one of the largest, collaborative and dynamic research centres in this field worldwide.

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