Ph.D. position in Optomechanics at IBM Research

Job type: 
Application deadline: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Project description
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate for a Ph.D. position in the area of optomechanics as part of the project OMT – Optomechanics Technologies, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Union.

The work involves simulation and design of highly miniaturized photonic devices, cleanroom processing at the limits of nanofabrication, laser-based optical characterization, and high-speed electronic measurements. Quantum physics in mesoscopic mechanical oscillators will be explored as well as novel non-linear effects occurring where light is confined to exceedingly small volumes, with the aim of demonstrating efficient optomechanical microwave-to-optical transduction in ultra-compact photonic crystal devices.

The Ph.D. student will work in the Quantum Technologies group at IBM Research GmbH ( and be mentored by Dr. Paul Seidler. Prof. Tobias Kippenberg at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( will serve as the official Ph.D. advisor.

The successful candidate will enjoy an internationally competitive salary and work with collaborative and creative groups in an exclusive research environment.

The position is available immediately.

• A master’s degree in engineering or physics
• An outstanding academic record
• Good communication and English language skills

Application is open to both EU and non-EU nationals. The rules for this position require that the candidate has not resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months during the last three years.

Preference will be given to applicants with at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Previous research experience in optics, numerical simulation or nanoscale fabrication would be beneficial.

IBM is committed to diversity in the workplace. We offer an open, multicultural environment. Excellent, flexible working arrangements enable both women and men to strike the desired balance between their professional development and their personal lives.

How to apply
Please send a single PDF file containing a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for at least two references to Dr. Paul Seidler,