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Post-doc fellowships in Photonics, in Ireland - SPARKLE (MSCA COFUND)

Deadline: late December 2021

SPARKLE – Training Europe’s future photonics research leaders is an innovative intersectoral, career development fellowship training programme. It is co-funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions programme (EU) and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

Sparkle has one Open Call that runs continuously from December 2019 to the end of March 2022. In this period there are 2 application cut-off dates remaining; December 2021 and March 2022. At these Cut-Off dates, received applications in the period since the previous Cut-Off date will be reviewed.

The programme offers 27 two-year fellowships, with each fellow having a training plan tailored to the career path they wish to pursue following their fellowship. For fellows wishing to pursue an academic career, their training includes the identification and submission to funding opportunities to enable them build their own independent research programme upon completion of the fellowship. For fellows focused on a career in industry, their training has greater focus on translational skills, such as fabrication and commercialisation, and they are introduced to our wide network of industry partners.

The research programme utilises its deep domain expertise in key underpinning disciplines, namely: theory and growth of III-V and III-Nitride materials, optoelectronic device design and fabrication, high speed microelectronics, photonic integration and packaging, biophotonics and communications systems. It is structured into four inter-disciplinary Research Themes that meet monthly to discuss the research programme and fellows will be invited to participate in these meetings:

  • Monolithic and Heterogeneous Integration: ‘Printed photonics on anything’ explores new ways to combine photonics and electronics on multiple substrates with unprecedented simplicity and cost-effectiveness using transfer printing.
  • Packaging and Hybrid Integration: ‘Breaking the packaging cost barrier’ develops optical and electrical wafer scale assembly and packaging processes and low cost cooling technologies.
  • Communications: ‘Coherent everywhere: migration of coherent communications to the network edge’ is addressing the question, can we build a coherent transceiver for €10 and, if so, how will it transform metro-scale access network design?
  • Biomedical: ‘World’s smallest integrated imaging system for guided surgery’ is developing new innovations in micro-scale cameras and surgical platform integration technologies, multi-spectral diagnostic imaging and in-body optical powering and data transmission to address this need and deliver a number of world firsts.

Applicants must be experienced researchers of any nationality, age, fluent in English (written and spoken) and must, either at the date of recruitment or by the deadline date of the open call, hold a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience. In addition, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity, such as work or study, in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the deadline date of the open call. The only exception is for individuals who are reintegrating into Europe or restarting their research career: in this case, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Ireland for more than 3 of the previous 5 years.

Deadline: late December 2021

(Euraxess LAC)

[Boletín SIUN 553, 16/17 de septiembre de 2021]