4PHOTON strongly believe that Quantum Information Technology (QIT) will be the major disruptive technology in the near future. 4PHOTON outcomes directly impact on the viability of QIT by providing fundamental know-how and trained researcher to this expanding and disruptive field. This four year network (starting in January 2017) brings together an exceptionally strong team of world-leading experts in nano-science and technology from 6 European countries in order to achieve breakthroughs in understanding and successful utilization of photonic based nano-systems in emerging quantum technologies.

The training will be provided by world class research and industry institutions from Italy, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands.


  • Applicants must be Early Stage Researchers (ESRs); must be first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers.
  • Applicants must not already hold a PhD
  • Applications are invited from scholars of any nationality.
  • Applicants would be required to undertake physical, transnational mobility: they must not have stayed or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than a year in the last three years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date (researchers with refugee status will benefit from a less restrictive mobility rule)
  • Applicants must have the background and expertise required for the position
  • Applicants must be proficient in English (both written and spoken).

Scholarship value:

  • living allowance: €3,110 per month (€37,320/year)
  • mobility allowance: €600 per month
  • family allowance (if any): €500 per month

Duration: maximum of 36 months.

Details on the 15 PhD positions:

  1. University of Milano Bicocca: Quantum nanostructures and devices fabricated by Droplet Epitaxy on GaAs, Ge and Si substrates for quantum information
  2. University of Milano Bicocca: Growth and Characterization of Nano-engineered QDs and self-assembled hybrid dot-metal structures
  3. Toshiba Research Europe Ltd: Quantum optical properties of single QD
  4. Toshiba Research Europe Ltd: III-V single photon sources grown on Si/Ge
  5. Universität Hamburg: Development of droplet-drilled QDs for single-photon manipulation and non-classical light storage
  6. Universität Hamburg: Atomistic Theory of QDs
  7. Eindhoven University of Technology: Quantum dot shape and symmetry analysis by X-STM and atom probe tomography
  8. Eindhoven University of Technology: Theory of nanoscale control of quantum nanostructures
  9. University of Sheffield: On-chip architectures for linear optics quantum information processing (QIP) with nano-engineered QDs
  10. CNRS-Toulouse: Polarization tuning of QD based quantum emitters
  11. University College London: Monolithical dot-in-well and dot-in-wire growth on Si and Ge substrates
  12. University of Basel: Development of hybrid QD-cold atom quantum system
  13. Universität Würzburg: QD based single photon sources grown on (111),(112) and (001) GaAs substrates
  14. Single Quantum: Development and implementation of optimized superconducting single photon detectors
  15. Attocube: Development of confocal microscope for polarimetry of semiconductor nano-structures
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European Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Fellowship Level Doctoral

Italy, UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, Netherlands

Subject areas Nano-science
Fellowship amount Living allowance: €3,110 per month
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 15th March 2017

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