Research Fellow in Massive Space Division Multiplexing for Optical Fibre Communication Systems

Employer: UCL Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Job location
London
Job salary
£36,028 - £43,533 per annum
Job term
The post is available for 3 years in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.
Job closing date
We wish to appoint a Research Fellow to work on the £1.9M UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship “Beyond Exabit Optical Communications – from new devices, via new dimensions to new systems” (2020-24). This is a UCL-led programme with leading industrial and academic partners: OFS Optics, Fraunhofer HHI, University L’Aquila, and Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). This position is at UCL, to work with the Optical Networks Group. We are looking for a Research Fellow to take a proactive role in the application of machine learning in massive parallel optical transmission systems.
 
This programme envisages how to transform spatial division multiplexing (SDM) technology to drive future optical networks by addressing the key issue overlooked by the research community since the introduction of SDM concepts: optical transceivers must undergo >100-fold integration to enable the benefits of multi-mode/core.
 
The aim of the programme is to transform optical communications to go beyond current single-mode technology limits with sustainable energy-consumption per bit – arguably the greatest challenge in the field. The vision is to introduce ground-breaking spatial modulation in novel transceivers capable of interfacing advanced multi-mode/core fibres with hundreds of spatial pathways and enabling scalability of all data pathways to reduce the cost and energy-consumption per bit. These new transceivers will be capable of exploiting the multidimensional channel properties in the linear and nonlinear regimes through new spatial modulation formats and coding, guided by new information theory and nonlinear science methods.
 
The postholder will be expected to take the lead on the development of new signal processing, coding and detection methods for massive parallel optical transmission systems using machine learning. They will develop simulation models in Matlab and python for optical communication systems and networks and contribute to experiments to validate the simulation models. The postholder will also be required to disseminate research findings by writing high quality, in-depth  journal articles and present the research at international conferences.
 
The post is available for 3 years in the first instance.  Further funding to support the post may be available.
 
Key Requirements
Applicants should have a PhD in Electronic Engineering, or related discipline (or about to submit a PhD thesis) as well as a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area;
 
Knowledge of digital communication systems and optical network architectures is essential in addition to knowledge & experience of digital signal processing algorithms.
 
Candidates should have the ability to develop software models for communication sub-systems and to write up results clearly
 
The ability to present information effectively to the other members of the team and at project meetings with partners is essential.
 
It is desirable that candidates should have experience of experimental communications systems and networks  and state-of-the-art test & measurement equipment
 
If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant (Grade 6B). Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded. The salary scale for Research Assistant (Grade 6B), point 24-26 is £31,542 - £33,257 per annum.
 
Further Details
A copy of the job description can also be downloaded below.
 
 
Applications should be submitted via the UCL Jobs site
 
Applicants can also visit the following link https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/search-jobs and search for job reference 1873695
 
Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about the post to Dr Filipe Ferreira
f.ferreira@ucl.ac.uk
 
Any queries regrading the application process can be sent to Vicky Coombes at v.coombes@ucl.ac.uk.
 
UCL Taking Action for Equality
 
Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.
This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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