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Research Associate in High Gain Phase Conjugation

Engineering & Applied Science

Salary:  £34,520 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (21 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 12 September 2018
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R180357

The Aston institute of Photonic Technologies (AiPT) is the oldest photonic communications research group in the UK. It was founded on the unique combination of advanced fibre grating based devices with state of the art optical communications research. The successful applicant will benefit from full scale experimental, computing, and office resources and facilities to their project a success including a fully equipped system research laboratory, including 400Gb/s test beds, high speed electronic test equipment including 70 GHz real time oscilloscopes. AiPT also has extensive fibre grating facilities, including Sabre Fred UV lasers, high and low repetition rate femtosecond inscription systems. Network simulations will initially be performed on a local 200 core computing cluster whilst large scale simulations will be performed on the ARCHER high performance computer.

The detection of low intensity optical signals has been a cornerstone of scientific technology for centuries, and dominant in the communications industry since its commercial introduction in 1975. However, in all fields of endeavour whilst the use of optical amplification has been shown to be advantageous, performance remains limited by the wavelength of operation and quantum noise. This project will investigate the application of phase sensitive amplifiers to enhance performance for a wide range of applications including ultra-high capacity optical networks and detection of signals below the shot noise limit. The successful candidate will join an established team within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies under the supervision of Professor Andrew Ellis, and will carry out research in purpose-built photonics research facilities at Aston University. They will develop customised and application specific optical parametric amplifiers in collaboration with key industrial partners operating on short timescales. They will demonstrate the performance benefits in realistic test scenarios including extended tests during short term secondments to partner institutions. The post is currently funded for a maximum period of 21 months.

Applicants for this position should have – a first class honours degree in electronic engineering, applied physics or related subject, a PhD in a field allied to nonlinear optical fibre device development or equivalent industrial experience in the photonic communications industry, technical skills appropriate to the development and communication system testing of nonlinear devices.

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