PhD position (Junior Scientist) – Silicon photonics design, fabrication and testing for automotive sensing application (f/m/d)

Permanent employee, Full-time · VILLACH

Your future responsibilities
In the network of science and industry, SAL offers research in the areas of Sensor Systems, Microsystems, Intelligent Wireless Systems, Power Electronics and Embedded Systems.
SAL – a great place to research.

The Integrated Photonics Technologies unit focuses on developing advanced integrated sensors for emerging applications e.g. automotive, environment, medical.
 The successful candidate will work in the framework of a HORIZON project starting in 2023, dedicated to the development of a new collaborative detection and ranging sensor system.
Tasks expected to be performed will include:
  • Development of advanced integrated photonics components and systems for automotive sensor application
    • Use of dedicated photonics and multi-physics simulation tools (e.g. Ansys Lumerical, Comsol)
    • Layout of complex photonic integrated circuit (Luceda IPKISS)
    • Dedicated fabrication processes development
    • Characterization of integrated components
    • Testing of full integrated sensor system
  • Dissemination of research results through peer-reviewed journals and participation in international level conferences
  • Produce internal reports on development advancement
  • Support unit members with photonics design related tasks
If you have questions regarding the task list or would like to receive more detailed information you may contact Dr. Tommaso Cassese at
Your profile
  • You hold a master’s degree in Engineering (Photonics, Electronics, Electrical, Telecommunication), Physics or related. Graduation date before the beginning of the employment.
  • You have deep understanding of math, physics and electromagnetic wave propagation.
  • You can prove your programming skills. Python language preferred.
  • You have fundamental understanding of signal processing theory and electronic based communications.
  • You can clearly communicate and share the results of your work (use of basic Windows Office tools required).
  • You are a fluent English speaker.
  • Preferred skills:
    • Basic knowledge of integrated photonics
    • Previous experience in design and/or testing of silicon photonics based integrated circuits
    • Clean room experience for micro-fabrication 
Important Facts about SAL
  • Diversified research activities with plenty of technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for further development.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4 per day food allowance in restaurants or € 2 per day in supermarkets.
  • Family & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA) starting in occupational group E. We offer competitive salaries and additional benefits based on your experience and qualifications. For this position, your minimum monthly salary starts with EUR 3.274, paid 14 times a year.
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About us

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire EBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, RF (radiofrequency) systems, system integration and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future 
Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2023. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated.

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