PhD position: "CMOS-SPAD camera for entangled photon detection"

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Application deadline: 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The project is a joint development between Fondazione Bruno Kessler and University of Trento, in collaboration with University of Bern.

The goal of the activity is to develop a new concept of single photon detector for measuring the spatio-temporal correlations existing in a flux of coincident photons. Such a detector would find application in quantum science, e.g. for the detection of entangled photons in quantum imaging or the generation of quantum random numbers in quantum communication.

The concept will first be validated using an existing CMOS-SPAD imager and a source of entangled photons. An optimized detector will then be designed to maximize the overall performance of the camera and used to implement a complete imaging system including hardware, firmware and software. The camera performance will be certified in a real quantum optics experiment in collaboration with the University of Bern ( The Academic year starts November 1, 2019.

The ideal candidate should either hold a degree in electrical engineering, willing to explore the field of CMOS single-photon imagers, or a degree in physics with a passion for electronics.

Outstanding candidates are encouraged to apply by following the formal application procedure available at, topic B6. Deadline: August 22, 2019.

Hosting institutions:
• UniTN, Department of Industrial Engineering (
Doctoral School: “Doctoral Programme in Materials, Mechatronics and Systems Engineering”
• Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Center for Materials and Microsystems, IRIS (

Reference persons:
• Leonardo Gasparini, researcher, CMM-FBK,
• Lucio Pancheri, Associate professor, DII, University of Trento,
• André Stefanov, Associate professor, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland