Open post-doctoral positions in integrated optics fabrication

Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Varennes, Québec (Canada)

The Laboratory of Micro and Nanofabrication at the “Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) is looking to hire two (2) highly motived postdoctoral fellows to contribute to the development of state-of-the-art nanofabrication processes (i.e. electron beam lithography and plasma etching) for manufacturing integrated photonic devices based on silicon nitride.

INRS is a graduate level university active in fundamental and applied research. It brings together 150 professors and nearly 800 graduate-level students and postdoctoral fellows in four centers located in Quebec City, Montréal, Varennes and Laval. It is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Canada in terms of research intensity (grants per professors). The LMN, a $33M project funded by the Canadian and Quebec governments, is an integrated micro- and nanofabrication laboratory including a 250 m2 clean room and state of the art equipment allowing a precompetitive research in various high-tech sectors (nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, chemical and biochemical sensors…).

The post-doctoral fellows will work in the Laboratory of Micro and Nanofabrication, under the supervision of Professor M. Chaker. The applicants will be responsible to push the limits of nanofabrication technologies (electron beam lithography and nanometer pattern transfer) in order to (i) control the critical dimensions and the sidewall profiles of integrated photonic devices at the nanoscale level, (ii) minimize the sidewall roughness of the waveguides, and (iii) develop a robust and reliable nanofabrication process at the lowest cost. This work will be performed in collaboration with Professor Michaël Ménard from the University of Québec at Montréal ( and other experts in integrated optics, MEMS, packaging and optical communication, among others. The project will be supported by AEPONYX (, a dynamic start-up aiming at integrating silicon photonics with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to enable the next generation of access and datacenter networks.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Engineering Physics, Applied Physics, Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering or in a closely related field,
  • Experience in microfabrication including electron beam lithography and/or  plasma etching,
  • Excellent academic record,
  • Be able to write and speak in English effectively,
  • Have strong organization and management skills,
  • Self-motivated and independent,
  • Willing to work collaboratively.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in the design and characterization of integrated optical devices

The salary offered is $42,000 (CAD) per year. The employment contract is for one year and is renewable for up to three years. The position is available immediately and will remain open until October 15, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is hired. The position is based at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique – Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications (INRS-EMT) in Varennes, a bilingual (English & French) work environment in the Greater Montreal area.

Interested candidates should send a CV, including a detailed list of research publications, a cover letter clearly stating their interest and the relevance of their research experience with the proposed topics, as well as the name and contact information of three references to:

Florence Beltzung
Agente administrative
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications
1650, boulevard Lionel-Boulet
Varennes, Québec, J3X 1S2 Canada