Project: GREAT - 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) 3-year PhD positions

 Universität Stuttgart  Stuttgart, Mainz, Aachen, Lyon, Marseille, Southampton,...
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY: Institutions across Europe in the GREAT ITN network
  • RESEARCH FIELD: Physics > Optics > Laser applications, Optical engineering, Metrology and measurement
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: 01/04/2019 00:00 - CEST
  • LOCATION: Germany › Stuttgart
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT: Temporary
  • JOB STATUS: Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK: 35-40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE: 01/10/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME: H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE (MSCA-ITN-ETN), GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER: 813159
We are pleased to advertise 15 Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) positions to begin in 2019, as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission GREAT “Grating Reflectors Enabled laser Applications and Training". The positions will all last three years, and will allow all students to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as well as industrial partners (see the overview of the project below).

Overview of the project and of the training offered to all Early Stage Researchers of GREAT

The overall aim of the GREAT (Grating Reflectors Enabled laser Applications and Training) project is to train a cohort of 15 ESRs through the completion of interconnected individual projects which will deliver innovative approaches for development and use of Grating Waveguide Structures (GWS), from design to implementation in several laser systems. GWS results from the combination of sub-wavelength gratings and planar waveguides. This combination results, by means of an appropriate design of the overall GWS resonances, which are more efficient than current grating-only devices, unique optical components that are enabling for a range of applications. The GREAT projects encompass Photonics, Micro-Nano technologies, Advanced Materials as well as Nanotechnologies, which are among the Key Technologies defined within the H2020 framework, underpinning the competitiveness and renewal of European manufacturing. Moreover, Lasers, is identified as an important industrial sector, where the European Community is a key player, who aims to keep its competitive position (http://www.strategies-u.com/lasers-photonics.html).

The ESRs will be embedded within leading international institutions and trained to work collaboratively to deliver ground-breaking research solutions and novel systems, whilst responding to real-world problems. This is a crucial skill, particularly since there is an overall lack of qualified specialized personnel in this field, with a growing number of active companies worldwide. Critically, this lack of skilled workforce has been identified by the ETP Photonics21 (Photonics21 (2013), “Towards 2020 – Photonics driving economic growth in Europe-Multiannual Strategic Roadmap 2014 – 2020”), as a major challenge for the photonics community, but also highlighting a rich landscape for career progression.

Therefore, the GREAT network will provide each ESR with key learning opportunities along with project specific exposure to important modelling methods, world-leading fabrication tools, or systems development. These will be paramount for the realization of optics based upon GWS, leading to the consolidation and expansion of their use in several advanced application-themes in the field of Laser, such as pulse compression, spectral stabilization and wavelength multiplexing, as well as polarization shaping (generation of beams with radial and azimuthal polarization).

ESR positions will be hosted at the following institutions, with the project descriptions given under the associated ESR number:
  • UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART (USTUTT): 4 PhD positions, ESR 1, 8, 12, 13
  • UNIVERSITE JEAN MONNET SAINT-ETIENNE (LabHC): 1 PhD position, ESR 2
  • ECOLE CENTRALE DE MARSEILLE (IF): 2 PhD positions, ESR 6 and ESR 10
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON (ORC): 2 PhD positions, ESR 7 and ESR 9
  • UNIVERSTIY OF EASTERN FINLAND (UEF): 2 PhD positions, ESR 4 and ESR 5
  • GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MIKRO UND OPTOELEKTRONIK MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG AMO GMBH (AMO): 1 PhD position, ESR 3
  • Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH (DILAS): 1 PhD position, ESR 15
  • CENTRE TECHNOLOGIQUE ALPHANOV (ALPHA): 1 PhD position, ESR 11
  • UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX (UBx): 1 PhD position, ESR 14
The GREAT consortium also includes academic partner organizations:
  • RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
plus private sector partners:
  • FIBERCRYST SAS
  • TRUMPF LASER GMBH
  • MODUS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION LIMITED
  • Novae
  • AMPLITUDE SYSTEMES SA
Please check out the pages of the individual vacancies for more details.

Activities and responsibilities

  • ESR 1 (USTUTT, IFSW, Stuttgart): Design and optical characterization of grating waveguide structures GWS.
  • ESR 2 (LabHC, Lyon): Fabrication of GWS for spectral (and linear polarization) stabilization and wavelength multiplexing for 9xx nm, 1030 nm and 2000 nm wavelength range.
  • ESR 3 (AMO, Aachen): Development and optimization of a Nanoimprint Lithography process for the fabrication of highly efficient GWS.
  • ESR 4 (UEF, Joensuu, Finland): Fabrication and characterization grating waveguide structures for spectral shaping (stabilization and pulse compression) and wavelength multiplexing of high-power laser systems GWS.
  • ESR 5 (UEF, Joensuu, Finland): Fabrication of GWS for radial and azimuthal polarization shaping in high-power lasers
  • ESR 6 (IF, Marseille): Optical coatings for grating-waveguide structures.
  • ESR 7 (ORC, Southampton): Crystalline Grating Waveguide Mirrors.
  • ESR 8 (USTUTT, ITO, Stuttgart): Interference lithography (SBIL resp. SMILE) for the fabrication of circular and segmented GWS for the generation of beams with radial and azimuthal polarization.
  • ESR 9 (ORC, Southampton): Developing processes for sub-wavelength structuring of crystals.
  • ESR 10 (IF, Marseille): Laser damage resistance of materials and structures for grating-waveguide.
  • ESR 11 (ALPHA, Talence): Highly efficient compressor for high average power and high-energy mid-IR femtosecond lasers.
  • ESR 12 (USTUTT, IFSW, Stuttgart): Spectral stabilization, pulse compression and Wavelength multiplexing of high-power solid-state lasers emitting at 1030nm and 2000 nm.
  • ESR 13 (USTUTT, IFSW, Stuttgart): Efficient intra-cavity and extra-cavity generation of beams with radial and azimuthal polarization in high-power thin-disk lasers        
  • ESR 14 (UBx, Bordeaux): Picosecond and femtosecond high power Ytterbium fiber laser designed for optical parametric devices pumping.
  • ESR 15 (DILAS, Mainz): Investigation of the fundamentals of both wavelength stabilization and dense wavelength multiplexing concepts for diode laser bars using GWS.

Qualification profile

Skills/Qualifications
  • Must have Master (or equivalent) degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or Photonics with solid knowledge of optics and its applications.
  • Must be in the first 4 years of his/her career, measured from the date of graduation (MSc degree or equivalent).
  • Should not hold a PhD degree.
  • Should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country of their appointment for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
  • Must be able to communicate fluently in English, in oral and written form.
Please check out the pages of the individual vacancies for more details.

Specific Requirements
  • ESR 1: Basic knowledge in programming or simulation tools (e.g. MATLAB, python or C), basic experiences in handling of optics, fundamentals in laser physics.
  • ESR 2: Basic knowledge in programming (e.g. MATLAB, python or C++) required. Experience in optical simulation tools (wave-optical methods RCWA, FDTD, etc.) is a plus. Basic skills in handling of table top optical experiments (lasers, lenses, basic optical components, etc.) and basic knowledge of fabrication processes of optical components (lithography, dry etching processes, etc.) required, clean-room experience is a plus.
  • ESR 3: Basic experiences in semiconductor technology fabrication processes (lithography, etching process), basic knowledge of the application of those processes for optical component fabrication, basic experiences in handling of optics.
  • ESR 4: Basic experiences in production processes of optical components (lithography, etching process), basic experiences in handling of optics.
  • ESR 5: Basic experiences in production processes of optical components (lithography, etching process).
  • ESR 6: Experience and/or knowledge in optics, vacuum technology, optical coatings and laser.
  • ESR 7: Basic experience in production processes of deposition; basic experience in handling of optics and laser-matter-interaction, fundamentals in laser physics.
  • ESR 8: Basic knowledge in programming (e.g. MATLAB, python or C++) required. Basic experiences in production processes of optical components (lithography, etching process), basic experiences in handling of optics.
  • ESR 9: Basic experience in production processes of optical components (lithography, etching process), basic experiences in handling of optics and laser-matter-interaction, fundamentals in laser physics.
  • ESR 10: Basic experiences in handling of optics and lasers, fundamentals in laser-matter-interaction.
  • ESR 11: Basic experiences in handling of fiber optics, laser alignment, and fundamentals of laser physics. Knowledge of ultrafast optics phenomena (femtosecond) would be ideal
  • ESR 12: Basic experiences in handling of optics, fundamentals in laser physics.
  • ESR 13: Basic experiences in handling of optics, fundamentals in laser physics.
  • ESR 14: Basic experiences in handling of optics, fundamentals in laser physics. Knowledge of ultrafast optics phenomena (femtosecond) and nonlinear optics would be ideal.
  • ESR 15: Basic experiences in handling of optics, fundamentals in laser physics.

Benefits

Benefits

The ESRs will be enrolled in an exciting PhD programme of leading academic and industrial researchers. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training program comprising an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, workshops and engagement with cutting-edge research.
Eligibility criteria
There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. At the time of appointment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment; AND shall also be in the first four years of their research careers at the time of appointment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Selection process

Applicants will need to submit, for each application:
  • Brief description of why the applicant wishes to become a PhD student within GREAT (Letter of motivation).
  • Copy of transcripts and of their degree, and a copy of master's thesis and any other publications (if available).
  • Curriculum vitae of three pages maximum.
  • Two written recommendation letters (e.g. one by the former Master thesis supervisor and their referees contact details).
PLEASE SEND YOUR FULL APPLICATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADRESS: great@ifsw.uni-stuttgart.de

Only complete applications will be considered.

Additional comments

The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country. The approximate monthly salary before employer and statutory deductions is €3,783 (France); €3,172 (Germany); €3,950 (Finland); and €4,571 (UK) plus an additional mobility allowance of €600/month. Researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment. Please visit the EU MSCA website for further information.
 
Web site for additional job details:
http://www.ifsw.uni-stuttgart.de/aktuelles/jobs/index.en.html

Send application to

Dr. Marwan Abdou Ahmed, great@ifsw.uni-stuttgart.de

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