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Early Stage Researcher position available at UPC, Barcelona, Spain in in H2020 EID project REAL-NET

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    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)
    Computer scienceProgramming
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/06/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Barcelona
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), is seeking to appoint a position for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate Network on REAL-NET.

Position: Network applications of the REAL-NET technology

Location: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain with a secondment to Infinera Portugal, Portugal.

Working time: Full time (36.5 hours per week)

Duration: Fixed-Term (3 years)

Starting: June 2020 or soon thereafter

Salary: In accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions rules.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at UPC for a PhD. This REAL-NET position includes a Fully Funded PhD Studentships, i.e. a fee bursary to fully cover the home/EU PhD tuition fees.

Project description

The exponential surge in the global data traffic driven by the skyrocketing proliferation of different bandwidth-hungry on-line services and various broadband services, brings about the escalating pressure on the speed (capacity) and quality of transmission (OSNR, BER) characteristics of optical communication systems. It is well recognized that rapidly increasing data rates in the core fibre communication systems are quickly approaching the limits of current transmission technologies. It is widely accepted that the nonlinear transmission effects in optical fibre represent now a major limiting factor in modern fibre-optic communication systems. Nonlinear properties make optical fibre channels considerably different from wireless and other traditional linear communications channels. There is a clear need for development of radically different methods for coding, transmission, and (pre & post) processing of information to mitigate nonlinearities and to estimate important network parameters. The training of a new generation of engineers with expertise in optical communications, nonlinear science methods, digital signal processing (DSP), and design of implementable algorithms is of high importance.

From the industry perspectives, design of practical and implementable processing algorithms requires knowledge of ASICs and real world conditions and restrictions. The multi-national & multi-interdisciplinary REAL-NET project provides timely doctoral training for PhD students through industry, over relevant research in the fast growing area of high practical relevance. REAL-NET involves leading EU university, a global operator and one of the most innovative vendor.

This will lead to development of novel practically implementable disruptive techniques for fibre-optic communications.

REAL-NET is a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) consortium of high profile universities in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal and Germany including academic partners Aston University, Telecom ParisTech and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, as well as, the industrial partners Coriant (Germany and Portugal) and Orange (France). It is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN).

Within REAL-NET doctoral training will be provided to six Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to develop and implement novel machine learning-based processing methods to communication networks. REAL-NET aims to bring this exciting new approach into commercial application with the help of its world leading industry partners, Infinera and Orange, where successful applicants will spent 18 months of their appointment.

More information on the project can be found here: https://real-net.astonphotonics.uk

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The successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis with a competitive salary in accordance with the MSCA rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant. The successful candidate will receive a financial package 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 (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and will depend on a Host Institution's local tax regulations.

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 childcare facilities if available.

Eligibility criteria

MSCA Eligibility

Applicants must at the first day of their REAL-NET 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 WON employment contract of the researcher.


MSCA Mobility:

At the core of the MSCA-ITNs is researcher mobility. At the time of commencing their employment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their (recruiting) host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Usual MSCA Eligibility Criteria apply and will be verified during the application process. For further information on MSCA, please see: http://ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions.

Selection process

The 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, please send your CV, a cover letter and supporting documents by email to the main supervisor of the position Luis Velasco at this e-mail: lvelasco@ac.upc.edu

Additional comments


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813144.

Offer Requirements


  • REAL-NET is looking for a candidate 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, Physics, or equivalent.
  • Good knowledge of current optical networking technologies like flexible grid, filterless optical networks, subcarries multiplexing, as well as different modulation formats
  • Programming skills (python/matlab)
  • Analytical skills in the areas of optimization or machine learning
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to work in an international team.
  • Autonomous working, results oriented and excellent team player.
  • Applicants must comply with the usual MSCA eligibility and mobility rules.
  • All applicants MUST be within their first 4 years of research experience.

Specific Requirements

Master of Science degree in Electrical/Optical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent.

English Language: Excellent. ESR 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.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC)

EURAXESS offer ID: 523852


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