KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Photonics research at KAUST

 KAUST is known for holding several world records in the area of photonics, such as the Guinness world record for the invention of the darkest manmade substance (in essence a combination of gold nanoparticles that exhibit absorption properties closest to blackbody ever achieved) or the demonstration of a groundbreaking Li-Fi speed at 2 Gbit/s using white light. The photonics research spans from development of novel solid-state laser radiation sources and LEDs, metamaterials, nanoplasmonics, and optoelectronic devices to applications in biology, medicine, energy harvesting, material science and communications. The photonics research at KAUST is supported by state of the art core research facilities that enable design, manufacturing and characterization of novel photonics materials within the university campus. For theoretical research, a supercomputing facility (ranks 15 worldwide at the time of writing this text) is available for performing demanding computational tasks.

As per COFUND guidelines, fellowship programmes will be based on individual-driven mobility, i.e., researchers will be able to freely choose a research topic fitting their individual needs.

The subject of the research project is expected to contribute to European competitiveness and to be in the general field of Photonics and/or its applications. Within these limitations, applicants can freely choose both their research topic and their host organisation, in the spirit of the ‘European Charter for Researchers’.

Contact person – Esra Yildirim, esra.yildirim@kaust.edu.sa

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Contact the host – Expression of Interest Portal

We strongly recommend using this portal, as the MULTIPLY Management team will keep track of all enquiries raised via this channel, and will be able to offer assistance if deemed necessary. This step will help the host organization provide feedback whether the infrastructural resources available with them will be appropriate to support your research activity.