PhD Positions in Integrated Photonics

The Micro2 Laboratory from École de technologie supérieure, a research group working of the creation of microsystems that will enable tomorrow’s breakthrough technologies, is currently seeking highly motivated PhD students to contribute to the advancement of silicon nitride integrated optical devices. We collaborate closely with industrial partners to make sure that our innovations can have practical applications, but we are constantly looking for creative ways to make an impact. Thus, we strive to create an environment where you can let your imagination run wild while learning how to get things done and work effectively with other highly skilled professionals and students.

We work hard to provide opportunities to our team and expect them to rise to the challenge to make the best out of them. Through our involvement in the Canadian photonics and microsystems community, we have access to numerous fabrication processes, and we can fabricate devices ourselves when needed. We are moving into brand new labs and are commissioning a wafers-scale automated photonic and RF test station.

We are looking for ambitious and motivated candidates from a wide range of background. However, since you will be pursuing a PhD in photonics, you should know how an optical waveguide works! Here is a more detailed list of qualifications:

Required qualifications:

  • Background in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics or Physics.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • Self-motivated and independent.
  • Willing to work collaboratively.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in the design and characterisation of integrated optical devices.
  • Familiarity with the Lumerical software suite.

You will have to complete the PhD program requirements (see while conducting research on the design and performing the characterization of novel integrated photonic devices. Our projects often involve multidisciplinary collaboration with experts in microfabrication, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), packaging, and optical communication, among others.

All PhD candidates receive an annual stipend of $24,000 CAD. Exceptional candidates will have opportunities to apply for supplemental funding. Additionally, many students complete internships with local companies during their studies. This is one of the many reasons why the people graduating from our research group are successful at getting exciting jobs in their field. To find out more about the cost of living in Montréal, please go to

The positions are available immediately and will remain open until suitable candidates are recruited. The work environment at the lab is bilingual (English & French), with technical discussions primarily conducted in English. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, as we believe that the best team consists of individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

For inquiries and applications, please contact:

Michaël Ménard
Associate Professor
1100, Notre-Dame West Street
Montréal (Québec) H3C 1K3
Phone: +1 514 396-8685

About ÉTS

The École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) is a constituent establishment of the Université du Québec. ÉTS, which specializes in engineering and technological transfer education as well as applied research, trains engineers and researchers who are recognized for their practical and innovative approach.

Since its creation, ÉTS has pursued a mission that is deeply rooted in all its activities: To meet the needs of the industrial sector, which is in need of engineers who have not only a good theoretical background, but also practical knowledge. To fulfil this mission, ÉTS has a unique partnership with the business and industrial spheres that includes both small and large companies. It stands out from other universities in Quebec because of the applied training it offers students, as well as its research activities conducted by and for companies.

Why do a PhD in applied engineering at ÉTS? Because by doing your doctoral studies here, you will gain access not only to more than 215 faculty members and their engineering expertise, but also to state-of-the-art facilities and a network of 200 industrial partners. In addition, our doctoral program in engineering is most flexible: you can choose your courses from a wide range offered by our seven engineering departments and from other Montreal universities, both French- and English-speaking.

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About Montréal, Canada

Ranked best student city in the Americas, tied with Boston, and 6th in the world according to the QS Best Student Cities 2022, Montréal welcomes close to 35,000 international students every year. It’s not easy to get bored in Greater Montréal. Whether you enjoy music, art, plays, sport, nature or other things, a good number of activities and events are organized year-round in the city. With some 120 festivals a year, Montréal stands out as a real dynamic cultural hub for students from all around the world. Furthermore, with 23% of the population foreign-born, Greater Montréal has over 120 cultural communities from every continent. What’s more, 56% of the population is bilingual (English and French) and nearly 24% speak three languages or more. As a result, the city is known for being very open to the world.

Greater Montréal offers a wide array of disciplines to study in with 15 universities and over 100 colleges (private and public). The universities in the city enjoy an excellent reputation with more than 350,000 students, including 50,000 international students. What’s more, with the largest pool of university researchers, the Greater Montréal research hub is one of the most highly funded in Canada. With a population of over 4.3 million, Greater Montréal stands out for its low cost of living. In fact, housing is twice as affordable as many big cities in North America and Europe. The cost of housing is therefore quite favourable for students who decide to come study in Montréal.

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