We are currently accepting applications for this post-doc position. This is a unique opportunity for junior researchers with a recent PhD degree in Physics or related fields (or about to hold one) to join one the SLAM research team and the Structured Photons Lab.

The role and the project

We are looking for a postdoc researcher to develope a toolbox for large-scale photonic quantum simulations based on spin-orbit photonics, providing low-loss operations on hundreds of optical modes. Our platform will be based on the manipulation of circularly-polarized optical modes, carrying a quantized amount of transverse momentum within a single optical beam. Working in close collaboration with our partner, the Quantum Lab in Rome, in the project PROFETA - Spin-orbit photonics for large-scale quantum simulations, we plan to engineer compact sequences of spin-orbit devices that realize large-scale unitary evolutions based on quantum walks, and use this platform to demonstrate a proof-of-principle Boson-Sampling experiment.

Working conditions

Contract duration: 1 year (possibility to extend up to 2 years)
Estimated monthly net salary: 1600-2000 Euro, to be negotiated depending on qualifications and previous experience.
Target start date: 01/11/2023 (flexible)

The labs location

The SLAM labs are part of the Physics Department of the University of Naples Federico II, one of the largest and oldest research universities in Italy. It is located in a big campus in the western area of the city. The group is actively contributing to the recent initiative Quantum Science and Technology in Naples (www.qst.unina.it).


Naples is a treasure trove of stunning architecture, world-class museums, and delicious cuisine. With its sunny climate and stunning coastal location, the city is a nice spot to live and work. Whether you’re exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii or strolling along the picturesque waterfront, there’s always something new to discover in this vibrant city.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to Filippo Cardano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.t) and Lorenzo Marrucci (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The position is funded by the Italian Ministry for University and Research, through the project "PROFETA - Spin-orbit photonics for large-scale quantum simulations"