Available Positions

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do ― Steve Jobs

We have multiple positions for exceptional graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars with backgrounds in applied physics, electrical engineering, and computer science. Here is some advice for students interested in optics and photonics. Here is an introduction to silicon photonics and photonic neuromorphic computing

We welcome qualified applicants and are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We encourage women, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons, members of visible minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas to apply. 

Shastri Lab Team Photo 2023

Photo Credit: Ishana M. Gopaul

Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars

Candidates for postdoctoral researchers or visiting scholar positions with experience or interest in silicon photonics, photonic integrated circuits, neuromorphic computing, and/or quantum photonics should contact Prof. Shastri directly (shastri@ieee.org). Please include a 1-page research statement, a copy of your CV, and a list of three references. Some funding sources include: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (open to all), NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada), Mitacs Elevate Post-Doctoral Fellowship (open to all), Mitacs Accelerate Internship Program (open to all), Mitacs Accelerate International (postdoctoral fellows from Mitacs’s partner countries), Mitacs Globalink Research Award (fellows from select partner countries), John Charles Polanyi Prizes (residents of Ontario), and Queen's Post-Doctoral Fellowship (open to all). Please also consult this detailed list of external funding agenciesInternational Scholarships, and the Shastri Research Student Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Student (internships between Canadian and Indian institutes).

Graduate Students (PhD and MSc/MASc)

We review applications of exceptional candidates on a continuous basis (there is no deadline). Prospective students should submit their application online through Physics or Engineering Physics. Please indicate Prof. Shastri's name in the applications. Additional information on graduate applications is available here: Prospective Graduate Students or by emailing Ms Alla Kryachkova (ak204@queensu.ca). Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions

To find out if there is a mutual interest, please email Prof. Shastri (shastri@ieee.org) and include a copy (PDF) of your CV, transcripts, and a paragraph on why you would like to join Shastri Lab.

Note: We receive many emails and are unable to respond to each. Please be assured that Prof. Shastri goes over every CV that he receives. Only candidates that most closely meet our requirements will receive a reply.

Funding: Graduate students will receive full financial support to let them focus on research activities and academic development. We offer competitive funding packages to our students. Please see PhD Funding and MSc/MASc Funding. For international students we provide an additional $5,000 per year to directly cover tuition fees (the approximate difference between foreign and Canadian student fees).

On top of the full financial support from Queen's, here are some additional funding sources: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships (Doctoral Program), NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships (Doctoral Program), Canada Graduate Scholarships (Master’s Program), Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), Mitacs Globalink Graduate Fellowship (former Globalink research interns), Mitacs Globalink Research Award (graduate students from partner countries), and International Scholarships.

Prof. Shastri on students' importance in the lab

Queen's Accelerated Master's (MSc/MASc) Students

If you are a third year undergraduate student at Queen's, we have Accelerated Master's positions in our team (starting each May). Learn more about this unique program. Please contact Prof. Shastri (shastri@ieee.org) for more Information.

Undergraduate Students (BSc/BASc)

We welcome undergraduate students to work on thesis and summer research in the lab. Please contact Prof. Shastri (shastri@ieee.org) for information. Opportunities for undergraduate researchers include: NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA), Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF), Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP), Arts and Science Undergraduate Research Fund (ASURF), Shastri Research Student Fellowship for Students (internships between Canadian and Indian institutes), Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (international undergrads from partner countries), and Mitacs Globalink Research Award (senior undergrads from partner countries).

Note: We expect undergraduate researchers to be self-motivated and treat research as a commitment similar to taking a class. Learn more about the Engineering Physics program at Queen's:

Zhimu Guo: "Just go for it! It’s going to be awesome."

About Queen’s

One of Canada’s oldest degree granting universities, established by Royal Charter in 1841, Queen’s University is home of Dr. Arthur B. McDonald, 2015 Nobel Laureate in Physics. Queen's has a tradition of excellence as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, and consistently achieves top rankings in national surveys; e.g., Queen’s ranks 4th among medical-doctoral universities in Canada. Glimpse of Queen's:

About Kingston

Centrally located between Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal, Kingston combines small-town accessibility with big-city convenience for an experience that will make new students feel right at home. Ranked the 3rd best place to live in Canada by MoneySense Magazine and identified as one of the top five university towns in the world by the BBC, Kingston has a beautiful and historic downtown core that's walking distance from the campus and home to a vibrant, eclectic collection of shops, restaurants and live entertainment venues. The campus is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, considered one of the best places in the world for freshwater sailing. The nearby Thousand Islands National Park of Canada is a real treat for all nature enthusiasts.

Queen's University Campus Photo

Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory
Ne Queen’s University e’tho nońwe nikanónhsote tsi nońwe ne Haudenasaunee tánon Anishinaabek tehatihsnónhsahere ne óhontsa.
Gimaakwe Gchi-gkinoomaagegamig atemagad Naadowe miinwaa Anishinaabe aking.

We are grateful to live and learn on these lands.