Senior Research Fellow / Research Fellow on Optical Communications

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,348 to £44,414 Per annum
11 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Fibre & Systems Group

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary:  £33,348 to £44,414 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/01/2025
Closing Date: Sunday 08 October 2023
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 2148023PN-2R

We are looking for a highly motivated Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow to work on novel communication techniques for fibre communication systems.

Be a part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UK’s Russell group research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. You will work in the world leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and will have access to the world class facilities and dedicated researchers that this provides. The Telecommunications Systems Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for experimentation in photonic systems and provides direct access to the UK’s National Dark Fibre Facility, a unique geographically distributed transmission facility dedicated to research, linking together four top British universities.

You will be part of the DSIT-funded collaborative project “Realising Enabling Architectures and Solutions for Open Networks (REASON)”, which aims to revolutionize communication systems for open 6G networks. The project will build systems based on state-of-the-art optical technologies, such as novel amplifiers, integrated photonic components, hollow-core and multi-core optical fibres. As a member of this project, you will be engaged in developing power transfer techniques for highly distributed antenna arrays and optical access points (i.e. implement power over fibre) through specialty optical fibres. This will require an in-depth understanding of optical technology and the ability to develop novel solutions for powering these critical network components.

In addition to experimenting on power transfer systems, you will take part in specifying the characteristics of these components prior to fabrication and will contribute to their characterisation. You will be responsible for designing and executing the experiments that will best describe their behaviour and you will demonstrate their potential in communication networks, often in collaboration with the project partners and other researchers in the group and the ORC.

To be successful, you must have a strong background in photonics and communications with extensive practical experience of working with optical fibres and systems. Ideally, you will also have experience in characterising optical fibres, photonic components, optical system modelling and/or the design and experimentation of high-speed optical communication systems.

You must also have proven skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data and of working as part of a collaborative research team. You must hold a PhD* or equivalent qualification related to fibre optics or photonics. Previous postdoctoral experience is favoured but not necessary.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this post, please contact Professor Periklis Petropoulos on

Further details:

As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. With a generous holiday allowance as well as additional university closure days we are committed to supporting our staff and students and open to a flexible working approach.

Apply by midnight on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or quoting the job number.

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