Open position within the ERC-POC 2020 project ALPI

Within the ERC-AdG project BACKUP, we developed a concept for an integrated photonic chip to be used in an optical transceiver to mitigate transmission nonlinearities. The concept is going to be implemented and demonstrated in a proof-of-concept project financed by the European Commission. The project will start 1 November and will last 18 months. To perform this activity, we are looking for a telecom engineer/physicist with expertise in optical transceivers or optical communication to drive the development and to facilitate the validation (test) phase. A PhD degree is not mandatory but is a plus.
The suitable person will be hired with a research fellowship for 18 months and will join the BACKUP team in this project. The working place is the Nanoscience Laboratory of the Department of Physics of the University of Trento.

Starting data 1st November.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact prof. Lorenzo Pavesi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Phd position in "Entangled photon sources for an integrated photonics quantum simulator" 

An European project will start 1 October 2020 to develop chip-scale quantum photonic-electronic integrated platform, fully interfaced to a classical computer (project EPIQUS: Electronic-photonic integrated quantum simulator platform). At the core of the EPIQUS project, a quantum photonic chip based on a low-loss (≤ 1dB/cm) SiN platform and operating at NIR wavelengths (800-850nm) will be developed. The use of SiN will enable a monolithic integration of the quantum photonic circuits (pump distribution, generation and manipulation of entangled photons) with silicon SPADs on the same chip – a far-reaching goal that will represent a leap forward in
the field of photonic quantum technologies. The PhD will contribute to this project by designing, testing and characterizing multiple (up to 16) scalable entangled photon sources (pumped by a NIR pulsed diode laser to produce on-chip photon pairs via nonlinear four wave mixing), for the quantum simulator. Here the idea is to build up on recent results of the NL lab ( and develop a suitable integrated source. After a first phase of design of the source, the source will be fabricated and tested to prove the generation of multi entangled photon pairs. These will be ten feed into the quantum circuitry for quantum simulation experiments. The work will be carried out in the NL laboratory with strong interactions with the European partners in Austria, Germany, Spain and Korea.

Starting 1 November 2020- 3 years 

Info at (deadline August 28th - 4:00 pm Italian time)

For information and preliminary interview contact Prof. Pavesi : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Phd position in "Twin photons and single photon entanglement for QRNG and QCD" 

Based on an integrated silicon light source the PhD will elaborate two different devices, which are instrumental for quantum security and quantum communication. These are quantum random number generators and quantum key distribution set-up. The activity will be carried out within the European project Qrange ( and the Italy-India collaboration with prof. U. Sinha ( The generation of random numbers plays a crucial role in many applications in science. It can be used for simulation and cryptography. It is of fundamental importance that the generated numbers are truly random and due to a quantum process, as any deviation may adversely affect modelling or jeopardize security. The aim of this PhD is to develop and test a on-chip quantum photonic scheme of QRNG based on single particle entanglement ( and quantum entropy measurements. In addition, to make secure a communication protocol between two parties, quantum mechanics is used to exchange an encryption keys, this scheme is called quantum key distribution (QKD). The second aim of the PhD is to develop and test a scheme of QKD based on single photon entanglement where the developed source will be used on the Indian quantum key distribution on fiber test-bed.
The PhD student will join a team of physicist, mathematician and computer scientists.

Starting 1 November 2020- 3 years 

Info at (deadline August 28th - 4:00 pm Italian time)

For information and preliminary interview contact Prof. Pavesi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.