Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

'Fibre Optic Nonlinear Technologies (FONTE)' European Industrial Doctorate: 1 PhD Position available at Telecom ParisTech (France)

    Telecom ParisTech
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    PhysicsApplied physics
    TechnologyFuture technology
    TechnologyTelecommunications technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/05/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    France › Paris
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

A position is available in Optical Fiber Communication at Telecom ParisTech to study achievable information rates of the linear and nonlinear multiplexing in optical networks.


Telecom ParisTech invited applications for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID) Network on 'Fibre Optic Nonlinear TEchnologies (FONTE)'

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 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. 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.

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/

PhD enrolment: Telecom Paris Tech, France

Host’s local recruitment website: http://www.gdr-isis.fr


  • 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. At Telecom ParisTech the salary will be in the region of €39,240/year gross depending on the family circumstances of the successful applicant.

  • 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 a long secondment 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

Usual MSCA criteria for eligibility and mobility apply.

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Good


  • 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.
  • Please provide transcripts of the marks you have already achieved with your application.
  • English Language: No formal requirements, but 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.
  • 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

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1 position(s) available at
Telecom ParisTech (France) and NokiaBell Labs (Germany), with secondments to project partners in the EU

EURAXESS offer ID: 355546