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PhD studentships in the Optical Networks Group

Unlocking the capacity of optical communications

Applications are invited for several fully-funded PhD studentships, in the Optical Networks Group, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University College London (UCL), in conjunction with a recently awarded EPSRC Programme Grant: UNLOC

This opportunity is part of a new 5 year collaborative research programme, with over £4.75 million funding and major industrial support from key industry players. The aim of the proposed research is to develop, through theory and experiment, disruptive approaches to increasing the capacity of future optical communication systems that go beyond the limits of what is possible today.

The successful applicants will be part of a world-leading team working on the design of high-capacity optical fibre communication systems. He/she will research techniques from information theory, coding, study of advanced modulation formats, digital signal processing and high-speed optical fibre transmission research to shape the next generations of high speed optical communications which will support the growth of the world’s communication infrastructure.  Our vision is focused on the need to quantify the fundamental capacity limits for the nonlinear channels carried over optical fibres and to develop techniques to approach those limits so as to maximise the achievable channel capacity for the optical network. The challenge is to understand to what degree optical nonlinearity can be compensated or, indeed, used, to unlock the fibre capacity, maximising both the information transmission rate and the total bandwidth.

Applicants should have a First class or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in electronic engineering or physics and ideally some experience of working in a research environment. He/she should have good knowledge/experience of digital communication systems, information theory, optical communications and nonlinear optics. We are particularly keen to find students with an aptitude for experimental work. Excellent knowledge of Matlab and scientific computing is essential.

The studentships can start at any time and we will continue recruitment until all positions are filled. The generous awards will cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend (including London weighting) which is currently £ 15,590 per annum plus a substantial industrial top-up.

To make informal inquiries, please send a CV, including a list of any publications, with the contact details of at least two referees to Prof Polina Bayvel, Head, Optical Networks Group ( who will also be happy to answer any questions about this project.

Applications: should be made using the UCL postgraduate study application form.

UCL online application form for postgraduate

Candidates should indicate on the application form under 'Name of Proposed supervisor' the title of the PhD they are applying for.

Please clearly mark your application as ONG-UNLOC.

Applications from UK/EU applicants will be considered until all positions have been filled.