PhD position on Quantum light from perovskite quantum dots

100%, Zurich, fixed-term

A PhD position is available in the Functional Inorganic Material group (KovalenkoLab) at ETH Zurich.

Project background

The research activities involve comprehensive characterization of new perovskite-based nanomaterials, in the form of single quantum dots or superlattices, their optoelectronic properties and the development of a new generation of nanomaterial-based nanophotonic devices that operate down to the single photon level.

State-of-the-art optical characterization methods including micro-photoluminescence experiments will be carried out to characterize single quantum dot optical properties and the statistics of the emitted photons. Furthermore, QD assemblies will be explored as novel sources of very high-number photon states. 

Job description

  • Develop optical setups for the characterization of single quantum dots and quantum dot assemblies
  • Acquire and analyze emission spectra and lifetime
  • Characterize the statistics of emitted photons
  • Write peer-reviewed publications and promote the results at international conferences

Your profile

Candidates should have recently obtained a master degree in chemistry, physics or engineering, with outstanding grades. Candidates should have a strong interest in spectroscopy, semiconductor quantum dots, and have basic knowledge of quantum properties of light. Experience in data analysis (via Matlab, Python, etc.), DFT modelling and/or high programming skills will be beneficial.

Your workplace

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Curious? So are we.

Applications including a motivation letter, a CV, 2-3 recommendation letters (preferably sent by the referees), transcripts and any other relevant documents should be sent to:

Dr. Gabriele Rainò ( and Prof. Maksym Kovalenko (

About ETH Zürich

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