14/02/2018
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Project FONTE: Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN / European Industrial Doctorate in 'Fibre Optic Nonlinear Technologies'. 4 PhD positions available

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Aston University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    PhysicsApplied physics
    PhysicsOptics
    TechnologyFuture technology
    TechnologyTelecommunications technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    10/05/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    To be determined by host institution
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/06/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    766115

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Applications are invited for 4 PhD positions (Early Stage Researcher, ESR) funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) under Grant Agreement 766115 ‘FONTE - Fibre optic nonlinear technologies’

FONTE is a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) consortium of high profile universities in the United Kingdom, Denmark, France and the Netherlands alongside the industrial partner Nokia Bell Labs (NBL, Germany). Within FONTE-EID doctoral training will be provided to ESRs to develop and implement novel approaches to nonlinear Fourier transform (NFT)-based optical fibre communication. The EID FONTE aims to bring this exciting new approach into commercial application with the help of its world leading industry partner, Nokia Bell Labs.

The successful applicant will work closely with other partner institutions in the consortium and spent 18 months of the appointment at NBL in Germany.

FONTE is looking for the candidates with a strong academic background and exceptional grades, who have been awarded, or expect to get before the project start, a Master of Science degree in Electrical/Optical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent and are within the first 4 years of their research experience. Outstanding candidates with a BSc in an appropriate discipline will also be considered at Aston University. Additional essential requirements are listed in each of the PhD positions below.

FONTE-EID Project Description

Fibre-optic communication systems form the backbone of the world’s communication infrastructure as they provide for the lion’s share (more than 99%) of the global data traffic. The ongoing exponential growth in network traffic, where data rates have tremendously increased over the last two decades, is pushing current technology towards its limits. It is widely accepted that the nonlinear transmission effects in optical fibre are now a major limiting factor in modern fibre-optic communication systems. Nonlinear properties of the optical fibre medium limit the aptitude of conventional techniques to increase fibre capacity by simply increasing signal power.

Most of the transmission technologies utilised today have been originally developed for linear (wired or wireless) communication channels. Over the past several decades, significant increase in achievable data rates was gained through the improvements and modifications of the overall linear current-generation transmission paradigm. However, there is much evidence that this trend is going to end within the next decade due to fibre nonlinearity. Therefore there is a clear need for radically different approaches to the coding, transmission, and processing of information that would take the nonlinear properties of the optical fibre into account. In turn, this aim requires the education and training of a new generation of optical communication engineers and specialists equipped with profound knowledge of nonlinear methods and techniques.

The EID FONTE R&D goals will be focused on the development of disruptive nonlinear techniques and approaches to fibre-optic communications, extending beyond the limits of current technology. The project will bring about important innovative steps in the development of nonlinear Fourier transform (NFT) and its implementation in practical communication systems. The R&D tasks will be carried out along with multi-directional training activities of PhD students in the leading research centres in Europe with industry focused projects with 18 months spent in a world leading telecom centre - Nokia Bell Labs Germany.

 

Details of the individual research project

ESR1: Novel design, coding and digital signal processing techniques for NFT-based systems

The current modulation/transmission techniques for the NFT-based optical communications have either been borrowed from the "conventional" optical transmission (OFDM, Nyquist FDM) or have been based on the "progenitor" soliton transmission concept, which has diminished the achievable spectral efficiency of the emerging systems.

The objective of Aston FONTE PhD project is to devise specifically nonlinear transmission formats and optimisation techniques that would result in extra-high spectral efficiency of the NFT-based systems, and to demonstrate the superlative performance of the developed systems experimentally.

Outstanding candidates with a BSc in an appropriate discipline will also be considered at Aston University. Priority for this PhD project will be given to applicants with some experience in at least one of the following subjects: nonlinear optical phenomena, nonlinear dynamics, optical communications, optical/electronics experiments, scientific programming and computing.

Main Host Institution: Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) at Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom http://www.aston.ac.uk/eas/research/groups/photonics/
Primary Supervisor (Aston University): Prof. Sergei Turitsyn s.turitsyn@aston.ac.uk;
http://www.aston.ac.uk/eas/staff/a-z/professor-sergei-turitsyn/
Co-Supervisor: Dr Yaroslav Prylepskiy y.prylepskiy1@aston.ac.uk
Industrial Placement (18 months): Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart, Germany https://www.bell-labs.com
Additional short secondments (2 months): Telecom ParisTech, Paris, France; https://www.telecom-paristech.fr
Secondment Supervisor (TPT): Prof. Mansoor Yousefi https://perso.telecom-paristech.fr/misvand/
PhD enrolment: Aston University, UK
Host’s local recruitment website: https://jobs.aston.ac.uk/

 

ESR2: Impact of Impairments on the NFT

The NFT is based on an idealized model of the optical fibre, but in any real communication system there is a multitude of impairments that let the real communications channel deviate from this model. The objective of this PhD project will be to analyse the most important impairments and to develop methods for their mitigation. Priority for this PhD project will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following subjects: communications engineering (in particular, fiber-optic communications), signal processing and nonlinear dynamics.

Main Host Institution: Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands https://www.tudelft.nl
Primary Supervisor (TUD): Dr. Sander Wahls s.wahls@tudelft.nl; http://www.dcsc.tudelft.nl/~swahls/
Industrial Placement (18 months): Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart, Germany https://www.bell-labs.com
Additional short secondments (2 months): Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)/Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom http://www.aston.ac.uk/eas/research/groups/photonics/
Secondment Supervisor (AST): Prof. Sergei Turitsyn s.turitsyn@aston.ac.uk
PhD enrolment: Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Host’s local recruitment website: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/working-at-tu-delft/search-jobs/

 

ESR3: Machine learning based optical performance monitoring

For the next generation of optical communication systems employing NFT, optical performance monitoring is needed to monitor the quality of optical signal and the system itself. In short, optical performance monitor, extract the features from the signal that are related to the quality of the transmission such as optical signal to noise ratio and Q-factor.

The objective  of the DTU FONTE PhD project is to explore supervised learning machine learning techniques for the predictions of optical signal to noise ratio. The project will explore how the latest advances in deep learning and Bayesian learning methods can be applied for optical signal to noise ratio prediction. The methods will be extensively tested in an experimental environment. Priority for this PhD project will be given to applicants with background in optical communication, digital signal processing for optical communication, coherent optical communication.

Main Host Institution: Technical University of Denmark (Fotonik), Denmark http://www.fotonik.dtu.dk/
Primary Supervisor (DTU): Prof. Darko Zibar dazi@fotonik.dtu.dk; https://tinyurl.com/y9xdorgu
Industrial Placement (18 months): Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart, Germany https://www.bell-labs.com
Additional short secondments (2 months): Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands https://www.tudelft.nl
Secondment Supervisor (TUD): Dr. Sander Wahls s.wahls@tudelft.nl; https://www.tudelft.nl/en/staff/s.wahls/
PhD enrolment: Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Host’s local recruitment website:  www.dtu.dk/english/career

 

ESR4: Achievable information rates of WDM and NFDM

The objective of this PhD project is to compare the achievable information rates of the wavelength-division multiplexing and NFDM in optical fiber networks. The project applies information theory in order to understand the impact of the signal-noise interaction on data rates at high input powers. Priority for this PhD project will be given to applicants with background in information theory, communication theory, signal processing, optical communication, or physical applied mathematics.

Main Host Institution: Telecom Paris Tech, France https://www.telecom-paristech.fr/
Primary Supervisor (TPT): Prof. M. Yousefi yousefi@telecom-paristech.fr; https://perso.telecom-paristech.fr/misvand/
Industrial Placement (18 months): Nokia Bell Labs, Stuttgart, Germany https://www.bell-labs.com
Additional short secondments (2 months): Technical University of Denmark (Fotonik), Denmark http://www.fotonik.dtu.dk/
Secondment Supervisor (DTU): Prof. Darko Zibar dazi@fotonik.dtu.dk
PhD enrolment: Telecom Paris Tech, France
Host’s local recruitment website: http://www.gdr-isis.fr

More Information

Benefits

  • Salary

The MSCA programme offers an attractive salary and excellent working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a financial package in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers, consisting of MSCA living allowance and mobility allowance. Eligible applicants with a family will also receive an additional family allowance according to the rules of the MSCA.

The exact salary depends on the country in which the host is located and will be confirmed upon appointment. Consortium partners will also advertise the FONTE ESR positions individually on their institutional websites and national portals. These local/individual advertisements will have further details regarding salaries.

FONTE ESRs will spent 18 months of their MSCA fellowship (2 periods of 9 months) on secondment to Nokia Bell Labs, Germany. The exact conditions of the secondment will be discussed during the recruitment process and formalised once the ESR is in position.

  • Training

In addition to their individual scientific projects FONTE-EID fellows will be collaborating with world leading research groups within the FONTE consortium through secondments to FONTE partners. All FONTE-EID fellows will benefit from extensive and varied further continuing education, completing a series of carefully designed training modules and transferable skills courses; they will participate in symposia, workshops and international conferences and will have meaningful exposure to the industrial environment through two long secondments to world-leading Nokia Bell Labs (Germany).

  • Supervision

FONTE ESRs will benefit from joint supervision, ensuring the successful completion of a European Industrial Doctorate.

  • Family-friendly working conditions

Female applicants and applicants wishing to return to research after a period of absence are especially encouraged to apply. Local adverts will detail family-friendly working conditions such as child care facilities if available.

 

Eligibility criteria

Applicant MUST qualify for MSCA Early stage Researcher (ESR) status and provide documentation thereof:

  • Eligibility requirement: Applicants must at the first day of their FONTE employment contract, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This research experience is measured FROM the date when they obtain the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged). Research Experience is measured TO the first day of the FONTE employment contract of the researcher.
  • Mobility requirement: Successful applicants are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their recruitment (i.e. the first day of their FONTE employment contract). Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is seconded. Therefore, the 18 months in Germany (NBL) as part of the Fellowship will be disregarded when judging the mobility compliance of applicants.

Selection process

  • General guidance for applicants: The ESR positions will also be advertised locally at the respective institutions and local recruitment sites. These local/individual advertisements will have further details including local PhD admission criteria and application deadlines.
  • To apply, initially please send your CV, a cover letter and supporting documents by email (using the subject header "FONTE Application") to the primary supervisor for the position that you wish to apply for:
  • Following subsequent screening, potential candidates will be advised to make a formal application for the ESR position with instructions, and if successful, also to PhD study at the  partner university. The selection process will include a formal interview with the short-listed candidates. Nokia Bell Labs will form part of the selection committee.
  • Applicants are advised to make sure they are meet the minumum requirements for registration to a PhD at the chosen host, as advertised locally.
  • Applicants can apply to more than one position offered within FONTE but are requested to state order of preference. In case of over-subscription applicants to any one position may be invited to consider another one within FONTE.
  • Applications received by July 15, 2018 , will be given full consideration, unless local adverts specify a different date.

Additional comments

  • Length of appointment:

The length of the appointment will usually be 3 years, apart from TU Delft, where the appointment will be 4 year.

  • PhD tuition fee:

The FONTE Fellowship includes a bursary to cover PhD tuition fees. At Aston University the bursary covers the tuition fee levels for EU students.

  • Key dates:

The deadline for application is 15 July 2018. Applicants should be available to start their FONTE position in September or October 2018.

  • Acknowledgement

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 766115.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • FONTE-EID is looking for the candidates with a strong academic background and exceptional grades, who have been awarded, or expect to get before the project start, a Master of Science degree in Electrical/Optical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent.
  • In exceptional cases outstanding candidates with a BSc in an appropriate discipline will also be considered at Aston University.
  • Please provide transcripts of the marks you have already achieved with your application.
  • English Language:
    ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficient for them to derive the full benefits of the network training. Formal English language requirements will vary according to the university at which the ESR is enrolled for a PhD. Please see the local/individual advertisements for the exact requirements applicable or contact your intended host for further information.
  • Applicants must comply with the usual MSCA eligibility and mobility rules.
  • All applicants MUST be within their first 4 years of research experience.

Job Related Skills and Achievements

  • Ability to plan and organise own workload effectively
  • Developing ability to conduct individual research work and to disseminate results
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to tackle complex problems

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Aston University/Aston Institute for Photonic Technologies
United Kingdom
West Midlands
Birmingham
B4 7ET
Aston Triangle
1 position(s) available at
Technical University of Denmark
Denmark
Kongens Lyngby/Copenhagen
2800
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
1 position(s) available at
Telecom ParisTech
France
Paris
75013
46 Rue Barrault
1 position(s) available at
Delft University of Technology
Netherlands
Delft
2628
Mekelweg 2

EURAXESS offer ID: 280404

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