The Micro2 Laboratory, which specializes in the design and fabrication of advanced microsystems, is launching a new research program in collaboration with company AEPONYX to create novel optical transceivers. AEPONYX is a dynamic start-up offering wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network (WDM-PON) solutions to data centers and access network operators.

The Project

WDM technologies allow to fully exploit the tremendous bandwidth of optical fibers. In addition, it provides a simple mechanism to build flexible and scalable networks. However, the cost of WDM components has limited the deployment of this technology to long-haul networks.

AEPONYX wants to leverage the latest breakthrough in silicon photonics and combine them with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to create the next generation of low-cost integrated optical devices. These devices will enable dynamic wavelength management inside passive optical networks and thus increase their capacity.

The Opportunity

The directors of the Micro2 Laboratory, Prof. Ménard and Nabki, are looking for motivated individuals to join their team to accelerate their research on MEMS and guided-wave optics integrations. In addition to carrying out innovative research and pushing forward technological boundaries, you will have the opportunity to work closely with professionals from the industry. Therefore, you will gain a perspective that goes beyond the academic world.

This is a multidisciplinary project and candidates at the master’s, Ph.D. and post-doctoral level with a background in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Microfabrication,
  • Integrated optics,
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS),
  • Electronic circuit design.

Moreover, the team works in close collaboration and thus you will learn about the challenges in all these areas. Admission to the graduate programs is done continuously throughout the year.

To apply, complete the application form. Some details with regards to the positions available can be found here.

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