4PHOTON (Novel Quantum Emitters monolithically grown on Si, Ge and III-V substrates) is a Marie Curie European Training Network (ETN) which offers positions for PhD students in the field of Quantum Technologies (QT). 4PHOTON is aimed at providing training at the forefront of this expanding and disruptive field. The researcher profile required by QT is extremely multi-specialized, being required to tackle problems in fundamental quantum physics, optics, photonics and device fabrication (growth and processing).

The ESRs will perform experiments in the state-of-the-art laboratories on Quantum Optoelectronics using novel materials and devices, in strong collaboration with the ITN network partners in academia and industry. The ESR will become part of well-equipped and highly motivated teams to work on the exploration of the optical and electronic properties and device applications of quantum dot based photonics.

This project will suit students with interest in solid-state physics, quantum mechanics, optics and semi-conductor devices. Working together with others in a team and in the network is very important for this project. The 4PHOTON PhD students will be part of a structured framework where they can obtain a solid knowledge of the full range of skills employed in the development of quantum photonic devices and circuits, from basic science to applications, thus being able to deliver important contributions to the field of QT by observing and understanding all aspects and their relationships of this important emerging field. In addition to research activities, this will be underpinned by dedicated research schools and seminars by experts in the field of quantum information processing and its different aspects, from materials over devices to systems.
The most talented and motivated candidates will be selected for a 3-year advanced research training. “4PHOTON” consortium involves different Universities, Research Centres and Companies.

All beneficiaries commit themselves to stimulate equal opportunities for male & female ESRs. This message will be included in all posted vacancies.
Employers should ensure that the working conditions for researchers, including for disabled researchers, provide where appropriate the flexibility deemed essential for successful research performance in accordance with existing national legislation and with national or sectoral collective-bargaining agreements. They should aim to provide working conditions which allow both women and men researchers to combine family and work, children and career.

Who can apply

Applicants need to fully comply with the following eligibility criteria:
- applicants  must  be Early-Stage  Researchers  (ESRs),  which  are  those  who  are,  at  the  time  of  recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the Master degree, which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate;
- applicants cannot already hold a PhD;
- applicants  can  be  of any  nationality.  They  are  required  to  undertake  physical,  transnational mobility: they must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute  for  more  than  12  months  in  the  last  three  years  immediately  prior  to  the  reference recruitment  date.  In  the  case  of  researchers  with  refugee  status,  they  will  benefit  from  a  less restrictive mobility rule;
- applicants must have the background and expertise required for the position;
- applicants must be proficient in both written and spoken English.

Scholarship details

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. It consists of:

  • a living allowance

  • a mobility allowance

  • family allowance.

Living allowance refers to the basic, gross amount for the benefit of the researcher to be paid to the researcher in monthly instalments. For MSCA calls launched in 2016-2017, the amount for an ESR is €3,110 per month (€37,320/year). This amount is then adjusted through the application of a correction coefficient to  the living allowance of the country in which the researcher will be recruited. The net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. The rate indicated here is for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis.

Mobility allowance contributes to the expenses of the researcher caused by the mobility. The amount of the mobility allowance is specified in Table 1 of the MSCA Work Programme and for  the calls 2016-2017 it amounts to €600 per month. 

Family Allowance of €500 per month will be paid should the researcher have  family. In this  context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a  relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or  relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or  (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

The mobility and family allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in question.

Researchers enrolled in a doctoral programme are expected to be appointed for up to a maximum of 36 months.

More details in Sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 of the guide for applicants to H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016.

Details on the 15 PhD positions are provided by PhD Projects section.

Personal Data Handling

Pursuant to Legislative Decree 196/2003 concerning the protection of personal data, the 4-Photon project is committed to respecting the confidentiality of the information provided by the applicant: personal data collected for the present proceeding will be processed for the sole purposes connected with and instrumental to the selection procedure and the eventual management of the job contact, in conformity with the current provisions. The responsible for the Personal Data Handling is  Prof. Stefano Sanguinetti, Material Science Department, University of Milano Bicocca, via Cozzi 55, Milano.

To apply please contact directly the supervisor of each ESR position whose email is indicated in Recruitment page. Deadline for application is July 5th.