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Post-doctoral and Research Engineer positions in quantum technologies

ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences

ICFO is offering postdoctoral and research engineer positions to a well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic young scientists who wish to enhance their scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment.
The successful candidate will be joining the Optoelectronics group led by Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri.
The group has experience in the study and developing of new advanced materials, devices and systems for information and communication technologies, in particular displays, image sensors and cybersecurity. The main driving is to carry out research which bridges academia and industry, by developing fundamental ideas with great potential for revolutionizing future photonic products.
The candidates will work on projects aimed at building the next generation of quantum cryptography, entanglement distribution systems, quantum imaging and processing. The hosting group has developed technology for continuous variable quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation, now being commercialized by two ICFO’s spin-offs, Luxquanta and Quside, respectively. The next step is to develop entanglement and decoy state based systems for secure communication and quantum connections for both ground and space segments, and quantum processing and imaging devices. The group is currently involved in several European projects, including QSNP, QUANTAGENOMICS, QUANGO and openQKD.
This study was supported by MCIN with funding from European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17).
Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) preferably in Physics, Electrical or Electronic Engineering.
The candidate should have a proven track record in:
Quantum physics
Quantum communication
Quantum cryptography
Quantum imaging
Quantum processing
Nonlinear effects and entanglement generation
Optical fibre communication
Free space communication
Signal processing (post-processing)
Software interfaces
ICFO is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions related to disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
Salary is offered according to the institutional salary scales.
The contract is offered for periods of 1 year, renewable.
Additionally, a family allowance is also available on request and after corresponding approval for people with family charges in the terms described in the corresponding policy.

How to apply

Suitable candidates are requested to submit: Presentation letter with a declaration of interest, Curriculum Vitae, including contact details, The contact e-mail of two potential referees. Candidates will be assessed as they apply and the call will remain open until the suitable candidate is identified. Candidates may contact for formal enquiries regarding the application, as well as address scientific enquiries to For update information about the hosting group, please visit For updated information about ICFO, please visit Group Leader Apply for this job

Published on June 21, 2022

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