Integrated Photonics @ Microdevices Laboratory

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Job ID: 11550

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JPL's Microdevice and Sensor Systems Section is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar. This effort is to leverage the existing silicon photonics foundry processes to develop optical transmitters (and receivers) for a wide range of applications, including but not limited to metrology, spectroscopy, free space optical communications, lidar and RF photonics for phase array radars. The postdoctoral researchers will have a unique opportunity to work on different aspects of this new development including but not limited to: (1) Design and layout of the circuit; (2) Device microfabrication (post foundry processes if necessary); (3) Test and characterization and (4) integration into an instrument. Dr. Siamak Forouhar, Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) Deputy Director in JPL's Microdevice and Sensor Systems Section, will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.


Candidates should have a recent PhD degree in applied physics as well as experience in guided-wave optics, Integrated Photonics, Lidar, RF photonics. Applicants may be subject to additional program requirements by NASA. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years. Candidates should submit the following to this site: CV, representative publications, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating their research accomplishments and interests.

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