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Early Stage Researcher (2 posts)

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £39,730 to £44,600 per annum
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (up to 36 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 28 March 2024
Interview Date:  Monday 22 April 2024
Reference:  0894-23
Release Date:  Monday 22 January 2024

Applications are invited by Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) for two prestigious three year postgraduate positions (leading to a PhD) as Doctoral Candidates (DC) within the European Doctoral Network project ‘Next generation high-speed optical networks for metro access (NESTOR)’. The project is funded by the Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Notablyup to 9 months of the study and research period will be spent in the industrial sector. The successful applicant will benefit from close interaction and joint training events with the project world-leading industrial partners: Infinera (Germany, Portugal), SM-Optics and Ericsson (Italy), and VPI Photonics (Germany). 

NESTOR is looking for candidates with exceptional skills and grades in engineering or physics and/or computer science and/or signal processing, with the knowledge of machine learning and/or some expertise in the areas related to optics / photonics, communications or electrical engineering. Preferred skill requirements include experience in scientific programming and computing, signal processing, communications and information theory, statistical analysis, optical communication systems. Knowledge of mathematical methods and numerical analysis are an asset.  

When submitting your application, please specify which project you are applying for:  

1) Low-complexity digital signal processing techniques for beyond 5G X-haul

2) Cross-layer data-driven techniques for next generation access / metro networks

MSCA requirements. Researchers are NOT eligible if they already have a PhD or have successfully defended their doctoral thesis. Candidates MUST NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) for more than 12 months within the last three years in the UK (by the employment start date). Candidates can be of any nationality but may need security clearance (ATAS certification) prior to commencing their position.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the AIPT, contact. Prof. Sergei Turitsyn by email:

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