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15 PhD positions

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Company & location
4 Photon Marie Curie European Training Network, Italy
Last updated
Mar 3, 2017

4PHOTON (Novel Quantum Emitters monolithically grown on Si, Ge and III-V substrates) is a Marie Curie European Training Network (ETN) which offers 15 open positions for PhD students in the field of Quantum Technologies (QT). 4PHOTON is aimed at providing training at the forefront of this expanding and disruptive field. The researcher profile required by QT is extremely multi-specialized, being required to tackle problems in fundamental quantum physics, optics, photonics and device fabrication (growth and processing).

The PhDs projects will involve four fundamental quantum photonic objectives: i) Realization of on demand entangled photon sources relying on as-grown, symmetric QD; ii) Non-classical light storage for quantum optical circuits using a deterministic single-photon sources ; iii) Nano-engineering of quantum confined carrier states and spin, iv) Fabrication of quantum integrated circuits and quantum photonic devices on silicon

The 4PHOTON PhD students will be part of a structured framework where they can obtain a solid knowledge of the full range of skills employed in the development of quantum photonic devices and circuits, from basic science to applications, thus being able to deliver important contributions to the field of QT by observing and understanding all aspects and their relationships of this important emerging field. In addition to research activities, this will be underpinned by dedicated research schools and seminars by experts in the field of quantum information processing and its different aspects, from materials over devices to systems.

The most talented and motivated candidates will be selected for a 3-year advanced research training. The project will be coordinated by Prof. Stefano Sanguinetti at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). The “4PHOTON” consortium involves different Universities, Research Centres and Companies; here below the Network Partners:

  • Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
  • CNRS-Toulouse
  • University of Hamburg
  • Universitat Würzburg
  • Eindhoven Technical University
  • Single Quantum
  • University College of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • Toshiba Research Europe Limited
  • University of Basel
  • Attocube

Details on the 15 PhD positions are provided by following the links below:

ESR position 1 - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy): Quantum nanostructures and devices fabricated by Droplet Epitaxy for quantum information

ESR position 2 - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (Italy): Growth and Characterization of Nano-engineered QDs and self-assembled hybrid dot-metal structures

ESR position 3 - Toshiba Research Europe Ltd (UK): Quantum optical properties of single QD

ESR position 4 - Toshiba Research Europe Ltd (UK): III-V single photon sources grown on Si/Ge

ESR position 5 - Universität Hamburg (Germany): Development of droplet-drilled QDs for single-photon manipulation and non-classical light storage

ESR position 6 - Universität Hamburg (Germany): Atomistic Theory of QDs

ESR position 7 - Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands): Quantum dot shape and symmetry analysis by X-STM and atom probe tomography

ESR position 8 - Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands): Theory of nanoscale control of quantum nanostructures

ESR position 9 - University of Sheffield (UK): On-chip architectures for linear optics quantum information processing (QIP) with nano-engineered QDs

ESR positon 10 - CNRS-Toulouse (France): Polarization tuning of QD based quantum emitters

ESR position 11 - University College London (UK): Monolithical dot-in-well and dot-in-wire growth on Si and Ge substrates

ESR position 12 - University of Basel (Switzerland) Development of hybrid QD-cold atom quantum system

ESR position 13 - Universität Würzburg (Germany): QD based single photon sources grown on (111),(112) and (001) GaAs substrates

ESR position 14 - Single Quantum (Netherlands): Development and implementation of optimized superconducting single photon detectors

ESR position 15 – Attocube (Germany): Development of confocal microscope for polarimetry of semiconductor nanostructures

Working conditions

All beneficiaries commit themselves to stimulate equal opportunities for male & female ESRs. This message will be included in all posted vacancies.

Employers should ensure that the working conditions for researchers, including for disabled researchers, provide where appropriate the flexibility deemed essential for successful research performance in accordance with existing national legislation and with national or sectoral collective-bargaining agreements. They should aim to provide working conditions which allow both women and men researchers to combine family and work, children and career.


The Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment. In particular it consists of:

- a living allowance (= 3110 euro/month [the Marie Sklodowska-Curie rules apply a correction factor to this amount to allow for the cost of living in different countries: 106.7% to Italy, 111.0% to France, 98.%8 to Germany, 104.3% to Netherlands, 120.3% to United Kingdom, 113.1% to Switzerland])

- a monthly mobility and family allowance (= 600 and 500 euro/month depending on the family situation).

It must be noted that the living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. The rate indicated here is for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis. The mobility and family allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in question. More details in Sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 of the guide for applicants to H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016.

Who can apply

Applicants need to fully comply with the following eligibility criteria:

- Applicants must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs), which are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate.

- Applicants cannot already hold a PhD.

- Applicants can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility: they must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date. In the case of researchers with refugee status, they will benefit from a less restrictive mobility rule;

- Applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English.

Applicants for 4PHOTON have to meet the following main criteria:

- Excellent Master’s degree or equivalent qualification

- Convincing/proven interest and motivation in development of Quantum Technology

- Excellent references

- Publications in a relevant research field are desirable

How to apply

Please visit for information on the application procedure and requirements.

The deadline for application is March 15th 2017

Personal Data Handling

Pursuant to Legislative Decree 196/2003 concerning the protection of personal data, the University of Milano-Bicocca is committed to respecting the confidentiality of the information provided by the applicant: personal data collected for the present proceeding will be processed for the sole purposes connected with and instrumental to the selection procedure and the eventual management of the job contact, in conformity with the current provisions. The responsible for the Personal Data Handling is Prof. Stefano Sanguinetti, Material Science Department, University of Milano Bicocca, via Cozzi 55, Milano.