Early Stage Researcher (Project POST DIGITAL, ESR#13)

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Up to £39,200
Jun 05, 2020
Jul 01, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
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Other job types
Applications are invited by Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) for prestigious three year postgraduate position (leading to a PhD) as Early Stage Researcher within the European Training Network project POST-DIGITAL. The project is supported through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

POST-DIGITAL is a pan-European doctoral-level training network that will educate a new generation of highly sought-after engineers and researchers in an emerging field of expertise: advanced optical transmission and signal processing, information theory, nonlinear physics, and machine learning/computer science. The consortium will implement a world-class advanced training programme for 15 Early Stage Researchers, affording them a uniquely broad interdisciplinary education and training which will enable them to design and develop unconventional signal processing elements based on the brain-inspired computing principles. Our 8 academic and 5 Industrial project partners will contribute to a bespoke training program to generate a unique, integrated, learning environment in which graduate students benefit from secondments, industrial links, employability and entrepreneurial skills, leaving them well suited for highly competitive future jobs within academia and industry.

The successful candidate will join an established group working on advanced space and mode division multiplexing communication systems incorporating the machine-learning based signal processing elements under the general leadership of Prof. Sergei Turitsyn and with the co-supervision of a senior AITP member.

The successful candidate (ESR#13) will work on the ' Novel optical processing techniques for nonlinear fibre systems' with the aim to develop new signal processing techniques based on the neuromorphic approaches and recurrent neural networks-based signal processing techniques for channel equalization and nonlinear effects mitigation in advanced fibre-optic systems, in order to develop novel coding and digital signal processing techniques and gain an extra-high spectral efficiency of resulting systems. The successful candidate will develop a photonic implementation of machine-learning and neuromorphic computing based methods and will use it to mitigate nonlinear impairments in WDM transmission systems. To achieve this goal, the new advanced reservoir computing hardware will be developed. By the end of the project, the new techniques and system designs will be validated and investigated experimentally.

The expected results of this research are:
  • New designs of practically implementable photonic channel equalisation techniques and their experimental testing.
  • High-speed photonic signal processing hardware.
  • Experimental demonstration of WDM system with record data rate transmission Study of the potential of implementation of the developed device in SDM systems.

POST-DIGITAL is looking for candidates with exceptional skills in theoretical and experimental physics, preferably in the areas related to nonlinear optics and photonics, applied mathematics, data science, or electrical engineering. Preferred skill requirements include experience in experimental work, knowledge of scientific programming and computing, physical optics, the theory communications. Knowledge in theory of linear algebra, mathematical physics, and numerical analysis are an asset. The candidate will have a strong drive to carry out the cutting edge research for a doctoral degree.

The ideal candidate will have a Master of Science degree (or expected to be awarded one soon) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Data Science, or equivalent. In exceptional cases candidates with an outstanding Bachelor Degree in the aforementioned subjects might also be considered.

MSCA requirements:

The prospective 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). Furthermore, the candidates need to be in his/her first four years of his/her research career. The four years are counted from the date a degree was obtained which formally entitles the holder to embark on a doctorate either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country of employment.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the AIPT, contact. Prof. Sergei Turitsyn by email: s.k.turitsyn@aston.ac.uk
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