The Doctoral Program in Photonics (EDPO) covers the science, technology and applications of photonics research. We offer truly multidisciplinary and internationally recognized research and education program. Join us and be part of an exciting intellectual adventure!

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
  • Bioimaging
  • Biophotonics
  • Fiber optics
  • Metamaterials
  • Nanophotonics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Optofluidics
  • Optomechanics
  • Photovoltaics
  • Quantum optics
  • Plasmonics
  • 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 Doctoral candidate 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)

High education

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!

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Prof. Camille Brès

Cathy Buchs

EPFL EDPO program
ELG 241
CH-1015 Lausanne

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