PhD student in Theoretical Optics

The Faculty of Physics of ITMO University announces the talented young researchers’ recruitment to work within the framework of a new mega-grant on the topic "Nanolasers and Microlasers Based on New Nanomaterials and Modern Optical Architectures" under the joint leadership of Professor Volkan Demir and Professor Andrey Bogdanov. 


The project is 5 years long (until 2025) and is aimed at solving modern challenges in the field of laser physics, nanophotonics and materials sciences. An international research team plans to develop a new class of nanomaterials and resonant systems for high-performance nano- and microlasers.

Active interaction with the international project team based on three sites is expected: ITMO University (main), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey). The research results are planned to be published in leading international scientific journals.


  • Master's / associate degree in optics or solid-state physics.
  • high scores at the university in specialized subjects.
  • knowledge of English (at least B2).
  • high experience in modeling the optical properties of nanostructures.
  • experience of speaking at conferences.
  • experience in publishing scientific results.
  • good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, a high level of responsibility, and time management.
  • participation in competitions for grants and scholarships.
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  • a young and professional team of department staff, friendly atmosphere.
  • a highly developed internal corporate culture: weekly volleyball with colleagues, ping pong, New Year's party, English courses, etc.
  • fast professional growth.
  • participation in the preparation and writing of publications in high-rated journals.
  • paid business trips to foreign laboratories.
  • a stable salary with the possibility of a significant increase.
  • co-financing of accommodation for foreign students. 
  • permanent location in St. Petersburg.


According to the results of the interview
Duration of employment
Probationary period is about 3 months.

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