Project FONTE ‘Fibre Optic Nonlinear Technologies’ European Industrial Doctorate: 1 Early Stage Researcher position available at the School of Engineering and Applied Science; Aston University, UK
Title of the individual Research Project: Development of new optical transmission methods based on nonlinear Fourier transform.
Calling all MSc students with an interest in signal processing, optical communication or applied Mathematics: Applications are invited for a three year prestigious postgraduate position as MSCA Early Stage Researcher, to be undertaken within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) at Aston University, UK. FONTE is an EU-funded European Industrial Doctorate network, coordinated by AiPT and consisting of 4 European universities with industrial partner Nokia Bell Labs (Germany), where the successful applicant will spent 18 months.
The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on the applications of the nonlinear Fourier transform signal processing method for the fibre nonlinearity mitigation and the development of the new generation of extra-high-capacity optical networks and related concepts. Secondments: The position is offered in collaboration with world-leading industrial partner Nokia Bell Labs (NBL), Stuttgart, Germany. The project research time and trainings will be equally split between AIPT and NBL. Close collaboration and visits to other three FONTE partners, Technical University of Denmark, Telecom ParisTech (France), and Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands), will be carried out along the project. An extensive training schedule will be provided as part of this position.
The position is available to start in early 2019 (subject to negotiation)
The successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis with a competitive salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and the personal circumstances of the applicant. The successful candidate will receive a financial package consisting of MSCA living allowance and mobility allowance, together £32,750 pa. Eligible candidates will also receive an additional family allowance according to the rules of the MSCA.
PhD studentship bursary
The successful applicant will be enrolled in a PhD at Aston University and this position includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU PhD tuition fees. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this position but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees. The fee structure is available here. Confirmation that this funding support is in place for the full duration of the PhD studentship will be required as part of the application process.
Background of the Project
Nonlinear transmission effects in optical fibre are now a major limiting factor in modern fibre-optic communication systems. Nonlinear propagation effects make optical fibre channels very different from traditional linear communications channels such as wireless or copper cables. There is a clear need for radically different methods for the coding, transmission, and processing of information that take the nonlinear properties of the optical fibre into account. The nonlinear Fourier transform (NFT) that is to be used in place of the conventional Fourier transform, offers new opportunities for the development of fundamentally novel engineering techniques for the coding, modulation, transmission, and processing of information in optical fibre channels. The student will work on the theoretical development and experimental verification of new coding and modulations techniques for NFT-based optical transmission systems under the supervision of world-class mentors: Prof. S. Turitsyn (AIPT, main supervisor), Drs Y. Prylepskiy (AIPT), H. Buelow (NBL), and M. Yousefi (TPT). FONTE ESRs will benefit from cross-disciplinary joint supervision by world experts in optical communication in academia and industry.
FONTE is looking for candidates with exceptional skills in signal processing, optical communication or applied mathematics. Preferred skill requirements include experience in experimental work, knowledge of scientific programming and computing, physical optics, communications. Knowledge in differential equations, mathematical physics, numerical analysis, information and communication theory, or machine learning is an asset. Applicants with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent, are especially encouraged to apply. The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in engineering or physics.
For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the AIPT, contact Prof. Sergei Turitsyn by email: email@example.com
If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Academic Entry Requirements
You should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in engineering or physics. Preferred skill requirements include experience in experimental work, knowledge of scientific programming and computing, physical optics, communications. If your qualification(s) are from an overseas institution please provide transcripts of the marks you have already achieved with your application.
2. English language
Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:
Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.
For applicants from non-English speaking countries, it is necessary to have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the British Council IELTS test. However, if the Candidate holds a Bachelor or Master's degree from a UK University, this requirement may be waived.
Full entry requirements can be found here.
3. MSCA Eligibility
Applicants must be Early Stage Researchers (ESR), i.e. be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
Full-time equivalent research experience is measured FROM the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited) – even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Research Experience is measured TO the first day of the FONTE employment contract of the researcher.
4. MSCA Mobility:
Researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the first day of the FONTE employment contract of the researcher.
As part of the formal application process all applicants to the FONTE-EID will be required to complete an MSCA Compliance Form, and provide documented evidence that they fulfil both MSCA mobility and eligibility criteria.
How to Apply
To apply to this position please contact Prof Sergei Turitsyn email@example.com in the first instance, using the subject line ‘FONTE PhD application’ .
The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.
Additional studentships and speculative applications to AiPT
AiPT is always open to speculative applications from students to projects other than FONTE.
Such applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research interests, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project. Details of how to write your project proposal are included in the How to Apply section.
For informal enquiries about speculative applications and other opportunities within the AIPT, please contact Prof. Sergei Turitsyn firstname.lastname@example.orgContinue reading
|Title||Project FONTE ‘Fibre Optic Nonlinear Technologies’ European Industrial Doctorate: 1 Early Stage Researcher position available at the School of Engineering and Applied Science|
|Job location||Aston St, B4 7ET Birmingham|
|Published||December 3, 2018|
|Job types||PhD  |
|Fields||Optics,   Communication Engineering,   Programming Languages,   Engineering Physics,   Optical Engineering,   Applied Mathematics,   Electrical Engineering,   Machine Learning,   Signal Processing,   |