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Research Associate in Optical Transceivers

Available from September 2018 for 24 months in the first instance.

The UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Optical Networks Group invites applications for one (1) postdoctoral research position in Optical Transceivers.

The research associate, in conjunction with Dr Zhixin Liu, will carry out a high quality programme of research in the area of optical transceivers that have been proposed to overcome the bandwidth and power consumption limit in the current transceiver architecture, aiming at a significantly improved performance and reduced power consumption that would suit the short and medium reach optical communications. Key tasks include: building subsystem and experimental platforms for high-performance signal generation/detection, developing algorithms that enable optimal transceiver performance in the presence of DAC/ADC limit, characterisation of integrated photonic subsystems, and develop methods for characterising high fidelity signals.  The project is funded by EPSRC and four industrial and academic leading collaborators including Oclaro, Eblana, Microsoft and ORC. During the course of the work, the postholder will have the opportunity to work with top researchers. In addition, the research associate will be expected to submit publications to high-quality conferences and journals.

Applicants are required to have a PhD (or be about to submit) in Electronic Engineering, Optoelectronic Engineering, or Physics and a first degree in an engineering or physical sciences subject. Applicants should also be familiar with optical components, devices and test and measurement equipment as well as a record of high-quality publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

The position is full time and available from September 2018 for 24 months in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

Research Group

The Optical Networks Group at UCL has world-leading expertise in optical communications and networks, with a strong base of theory, advanced modelling, nonlinear fibre transmission methods and experimental capabilities, strong industrial links, proven experience in knowledge transfer, developed over the past 20 years. This is supported by an outstanding experimental infrastructure covering high-speed transmission laboratory facilities, testbed, access to the National Dark-Fibre Infrastructure Service as well as test & measurement equipment to over 500 Gbit/s. The research results of ONG have had a significant impact on the communication industry and broader academia. The group currently has 6 academic members, 30+ researchers and PhD students. We provide our members with an enjoyable research environment and strong support for a successful career.

 The candidates are required to relocate to London.

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. The Research Associate post is Grade 7 salary scale £34,635 - £39,644 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance of £3,031 per annum.

If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant (Grade 6). Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded.

Research Assistant: Grade 6, point 24-26. Salary range £30,316 to £31,967 (inc. London Allowance of £3,031 pa).

Interested applicants are encouraged to make Informal enquiries about the posts to Dr Zhixin Liu (

All applications should be submitted via UCL online recruitment system

You can also download a copy of the advert and job description.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Vicky Coombes ( quoting reference 1724892


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