Post-doctoral researcher position

Topological active photonic materials at the Institute of Advanced Optics and Photonics, Hanbat National University

Joint project with IBM Research – Zurich

The Institute of Advanced Optics and Photonics at Hanbat National University (located in Daejeon, S. Korea) invites post-doctoral scholars to apply for the joint project “Topological Active Photonic Materials”. This project is in collaboration with the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group, Science and Technology department at IBM Research – Zurich (Switzerland), the post-doctoral scholar will be located in Daejeon, but a close collaboration is planned with IBM researchers and secondments to the IBM Lab are planned during the project.

In this project we will work on the development of topological photonic lattices with the local integration of III–V gain material for direct emission into topological states. Daejeon will be mainly responsible for the theoretical framework and photonic design. The structures will be fabricated in the IBM lab, and subsequently both partners will be active in different aspects of optical device characterization.

The position is available starting on 1 November 2019 or later. The position is a two-year contract with an option of extension up to the third year. The annual salary range is negotiable plus Hanbat National University benefits. Health, safety, employ insurances and national pension are covered by the institute.

During the project, the appointed postdoctoral scholar should stay at IBM Research – Zurich one to three months for active collaboration.


  • Strong academic record with a background in physics or photonics
  • Knowledge of electromagnetics
  • Experience with simulation of quantum effects, photonics or topological physics
  • Excellent communication skills and fluent English speaking/writing skills
  • Knowledge of quantum physics and solid-state physics is considered an asset
  • Experience with optical characterization is a plus.


Interested scholars are encouraged to email a CV and, if possible, references to Prof. Chang-Won Lee, . Feel free to contact him regarding inquiries about the project.