Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Scientist - Integrated Quantum Photonic (f/m/d)

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We are currently seeking an expert to support our Integrated Photonic Technologies Research Unit with cutting-edge micro- and nanofabrication techniques and a specific focus on meeting the advanced demands and challenges associated with quantum devices.  This role provides an exciting opportunity to collaborate within a small, motivated team to influence the evolution of quantum technology and propel its industrial application. 

  • Develop micro- and nanofabrication processes for photonic integrated circuits (PICs), particularly for quantum communication, sensing and computing applications, within our R&D clean room facility in close collaboration with process engineers.
  • Participate in the complete design-fabrication-test cycle of PICs (while keeping the primary emphasis on the fabrication). This role includes assistance in establishing internal testing facilities, conducting data analysis, and offering feedback to designers.
  • Contribute to the development of novel material platforms for photonics applications.
  • Engage in, manage, and acquire new projects with industrial as well as academic partners.
  • Comprehensively document and effectively communicate results towards internal and external stakeholders, funding agencies and the broader scientific community by means of presentations, reports, publications, and patents.


  • PhD degree in photonics or microsystem technologies / applied physics, electrical engineering or related with a focus on PICs.
  • Hands-on experience in the development of PIC platforms or components, preferably within both industrial and academic cleanroom settings.
  • Experience with the full design-fabrication-test cycle of PICs, with expert proficiency in micro- and nanofabrication techniques.
  • Creative and enthusiastic about exploring innovative and, potentially, unconventional approaches to transform unique ideas into tangible solutions.
  • Autonomous, passionate, well organized, enjoy working in a dynamic and multicultural team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.


  • Diversified research activities with plenty of interesting technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for further development.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4 per day food allowance in restaurants or € 2 per day in supermarkets.
  • Family & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.

This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA) starting in occupational group E (E1 salary = EUR 3.520, paid 14 times a year). For this position we offer competitive salaries and additional benefits based on your experience and qualifications, starting with a minimum salary of EUR 61.000 (annual, based on an All-in contract).

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire EBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, intelligent wireless systems, microsystems and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2023. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated. 

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Scientist - Integrated Quantum Photonic (f/m/d)
Europas­traße 12 Villach, Austria
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