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Dual-comb spectroscopy – resolving optical precision electronically

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Host campus
Associate Professor Harald Schwefel


The Resonant Optics group at The University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand, led by Associate Professor Harald Schwefel has an open position for a fully funded PhD student.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant group of researchers active in nonlinear optics, quantum optics with ultra high quality optical resonators. Research will focus on dual-frequency comb sources and spectroscopy, based on our recent publication in Nature 2019. The candidates will benefit from wider national collaborations with researchers from the Dodd Walls Centre (DWC) of Research Excellence which consists of several groups from various Universities in New Zealand.

We encourage highly motivated candidates interested in experiments (and possibly accompanying theory) to apply. The ideal candidate will have obtained a MSc degree, or some prior undergraduate research experience. Prior background in nonlinear optics, lasers, electrical engineering, or with optical laser labs, would be beneficial.

As this research is funded through a government funding grant, we will be able to apply for Border Exemptions to bring you into COVID free New Zealand. In the first instance, applicants should make contact with Harald by email to discuss the project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates that will include:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • a short motivation statement (~500 words)
  • a pdf copy of your research thesis

The ability to communicate proficiently in English is essential.

More information on formal English language requirements

Further information


Associate Professor Harald Schwefel
Tel   +64 3 479 7754