15 Open PhD Positions within Supercontinuum Light Sources and Applications

Technical University of Denmark

We are seeking 15 skilled candidates for PhD positions across Europe in supercontinuum light sources and applications. The candidates should have a background in physics and interest in nonlinear optics, fibre optics and waveguides, and laser physics.

SUPUVIR (SUPercontinuum broadband light sources covering UV to IR applications) is a new Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European H2020 programme. SUPUVIR will focus on so-called supercontinuum laser sources, which essentially are laser sources emitting coherent laser light that is broadband enough to be considered white.

The PhD students will be given extensive knowledge in silica and soft-glass chemistry, preform design and fibre drawing, linear and nonlinear fibre and waveguide characterization, nonlinear fibre optics, supercontinuum modelling, supercontinuum system design, patent protection, and in-depth knowledge of a broad range of the main applications of supercontinuum high-power broadband light sources.

The research and development in SUPUVIR will give improved supercontinuum sources and supercontinuum spectra enabling new science and applications for optical imaging, spectroscopy, sensing and control, e.g. optical coherence tomography, IR multimodal spectroscopy, confocal and fluorescence microscopy, photoacoustic imaging and food quality control.

The specific projects open for applications are:

  1. Supercontinuum generation with rugged femtosecond fibre lasers (DTU)
  2. Efficient mid-IR supercontinuum generation in quadratic nonlinear waveguides (DTU)
  3. High-power visible-near-IR supercontinuum sources for spectroscopic photoacoustic microscopy (DTU)
  4. Multi-tone supercontinuum sources for food control applications with IR spectroscopy (DTU)
  5. Mid-IR supercontinuum generation in soft-glass photonic crystal fibres (CNRS)
  6. Black-light ultraviolet supercontinuum generation in high-hydroxide doped silica fibres (CNRS)
  7. Development of tellurite photonic crystal fibres for nonlinear applications (ITME)
  8. Supercontinuum generation using all-normal dispersion soft-glass fibres (ITME)
  9. Multimodal mid-IR spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography (RECENDT)
  10. All-fibre all-normal dispersion supercontinuum generation with femtosecond pumping (NKT)
  11. Microstructured optical fibres based on chalcogenide glasses for mid-IR supercontinuum generation (UR1)
  12. Supercontinuum sources in emerging wavelength regimes for biomedical applications (LEUKOS)
  13. High power multimode supercontinuum sources for the mid-IR (TUT)
  14. Range-resolved supercontinuum-based Lidar for spectroscopic gas sensing (VALMET)
  15. Supercontinuum radiation for the development of automated microscopy platforms (UCAM)

The starting date of the PhD projects is expected to be January 2017.

Please contact the SUPUVIR consortium members for more details on the specific position you are interested in and how to apply for it:

SUPUVIR is a European Training Network, funded by the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action, under the Innovative Training Network scheme H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016. The candidates should conform to the mobility rules:

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion. Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining.

Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

When contacting any of the consortium members about the positions, please use the following line in the subject: “SUPUVIR PhD positions” followed by your full name. This will be helpful when we sort through the applications and enquiries.