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Technical Manager in Quantum Communication

Institut de Ciències Fotòniques

ICFO is offering a research engineer position to a well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic young scientist who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment.
The Optoelectronics group led by Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri is searching for a technical manager to coordinate the deployment of a quantum communication and cryptography ring in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The group has been coordinating or participating in several projects in these areas of research, including European CIVIQ, QRANGE, QUANTAGENOMICS, QUANGO, OPENQKD, and more recently the quantum Flagship FPA QSNP. In this context, a major objective is to deploy the technologies in the field for end-user demonstration. The candidate should combine both technical and managerial skills and help execute the `plan within the recently awarded “SmartCAT” Regional project, “Planes Complementarios en Comunicaciones Cuánticas” National project and “EuroQCI-Spain” European project.
“Financed by the European Union-NextGenerationEU-MICIIN(PRTR-C17. I1) and by the Generalitat de Catalunya”.
Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized BSc, MSc or PhD-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) preferably in Telecom Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related fields.
The candidate should have:
Technical background in quantum cryptography and communication
Experience in optical communication and networks
Experience in large projects involving academic and industrial partners
Capable to operate under timeline restrictions
Good writing and presenting
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 a period of 2 years.
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

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Published on February 10, 2023

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