Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

Junior Scientist or PhD position – Brillouin-active Photonic Integrated Circuitry (f/m/d)

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We are seeking a motivated individual to join a research project in collaboration with an established industrial partner. This exciting opportunity focuses on exploring the potential of Brillouin-active photonic integrated circuits.

As a Junior Scientist, you will engage in a range of activities involving the design, fabrication, and testing of photonic integrated circuits co-integrated with microacoustic components.

This position also offers the opportunity to pursue a PhD, enhancing your expertise while working on innovative solutions directly adopted by industry. 

If you are eager to work at the cutting-edge of modern nonlinear integrated photonics and keen to make an impact, we encourage you to apply!

Your Tasks Will Include:

  • Development of advanced integrated photonics components and circuits:
    • Conducting literature reviews
    • Developing design concepts for functional optical and acoustic components
    • Utilizing dedicated photonics and multi-physics simulation tools (e.g., Ansys Lumerical, Comsol, Matlab)
    • Creating layouts of complex photonic integrated circuits (e.g., Luceda, IPKISS, Python)
    • Developing dedicated fabrication processes
    • Characterizing photonic integrated components
  • Disseminating research results through peer-reviewed journals and participation in international conferences
  • Reporting results and communicating with our industrial partner

For any questions, please contact Dr. Roman Noskov at


  • Education: Master’s degree in Physics or Engineering with a focus on Nonlinear Optics, Integrated Photonics, Microwave Photonics, or related areas, with good academic performance.
  • Preferred skills: 
    • Basic knowledge of Nonlinear Optics and Microacoustics
    • Experience with optical lab equipment, electronics, and measurement techniques (specifically heterodyne measurements).
    • Experience in the fabrication of nanophotonic or integrated photonic systems in the clean room environment.  
  • Software: Proficiency in Comsol, Matlab, Ansys Lumerical, Python, or similar tools.
  • Personality: Proactive, with a can-do attitude, interested in technical science, and ready to work both in a team and independently.
  • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Skilled in the clear delivery of research results via basic Microsoft Office tools.


  • Diverse research activities with many technical challenges. 
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment.  
  • Location in the heart of Europe in Austria – relocation support for non-European nationalities. 
  • Internal and external training opportunities for career development. 
  • Home office in Austria (max. 40%) and work from anywhere in the European Union possible (< 25%). 
  • Family & children friendly - actively shaping the compatibility of family and career. 
  • “Vital4SAL” to promote a healthy workplace (e.g. SAL coaching pool, trainings on mental health, physical activities, healthy snacks, 24/7 accident insurance) 
  • € 4 per day meal allowance in restaurants or € 2 per working day in supermarkets. 
  • Public transport initiative (subsidy for the “Klimaticket”)  
  • Our values:  
    • Open door policy, flexibility in working hours, casual dress code, diverse teams, working with people of different nationalities, informal communication, lifelong learning,compatibility of family and career, sustainability, personal growth, and collective advancement. 

Depending on which variant is chosen (Junior Scientist / PhD position), different conditions apply: 

Junior Scientist:
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA) starting in occupational group E. We offer competitive salaries and additional benefits based on your experience and qualifications. For this position, we offer a permanent contract and your minimum monthly salary starts with EUR 3.827, paid 14 times a year. 

PhD position: 
This position is advertised in accordance with the collective agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA). For this position, we offer a 3-4 years limited contract with the focus on doing the PhD and a monthly salary of EUR 3.446, paid 14 times a year. 

Any question to that may be directed to Elisabeth Bäck:

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Junior Scientist or PhD position – Brillouin-active Photonic Integrated Circuitry (f/m/d)
Europas­traße 12 Villach, Austria
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