A broad variety of topics to choose from
Photonics is the science and technology of harnessing light. We have world-leading research laboratories in photonics that are addressing important challenges of our society in health, energy, information technology, security, safety and environment. We cover a broad diversity of cutting-edge research topics including:
- Applied photonics
- Fiber optics
- Quantum optics
- Ultrafast optics
Training future leaders of photonics field
At EPFL, there is a strong sense of community among photonics researchers with diverse student platforms and organizations to foster career development. Thesis directors are expert in their field of research and guide the PhD students to research excellence and help become future leaders in academia and industry.
Outstanding research infrastructure
Beyond hard work and creativity, the impact and success of a PhD in photonics also depends on the quality of the available infrastructure. EPFL offers outstanding resources and state-of-the-art research facilities including:
- the Center for Micro- and Nanotechnology (CMi)
- the Bioimaging and Optics Platform (BIOP)
- and the Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy (CIME)
The program includes courses on the science of photonics and optics as well as a broad choice of engineering-related topics on the applications of photonics. On the campus, there are continuous seminars and international events to network with pioneering scientists and companies.
A truly international campus
With over 100 nationalities, the EPFL campus has been voted the most international university by Times Higher Education. English is used as working language and the entire photonics curriculum is provided in English.
Interested to join?
We recommend that you browse through the photonics.epfl.ch the website to identify the laboratory where you would like to work. Check also for available PhD positions on their different websites. You can then register on-line to the EPFL Doctoral Program in Photonics here for the deadlines of April 15 and December 15.
If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us!
The EPFL Doctoral School launched the third call for applications for EPFLglobaLeaders, a new doctoral fellowship programme funding early stage researchers to become leaders in the transition towards sustainable societies. In total, forty-eight doctoral fellows will benefit from a multifaceted training programme, including a secondment in the non-academic sector. The third call for applications is open from 1 March 2022 to 15 May 2022. More information: https://go.epfl.ch/EPFLglobaLeaders
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