Research Assistant in Engineering & Applied Science

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£32,548 to £38,833 per annum
06 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant
Engineering & Applied Science
Salary:   £32,548 to £38,833 per annum 
Grade:   Grade 08
Contract Type:   Fixed Term (6 months fixed term contract)
Basis:   Full Time 
Closing Date:   23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 08 March 2018
Interview Date:  To be confirmed 
Reference:   R180042

The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant in Photonic Communication Systems Research.
Having undergone exponential growth in capacity since its commercial introduction in 1975, the optical fibre communication network is rapidly approaching a significant capacity crunch. The next barrier to full exploitation of the power of optical fibre communication is the installation of fibre to the home. This project will investigate the application of parametric optical amplifiers in high bit rate optical access networks. 

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate proficiency at least two of the following fields; four wave mixing based devices applied to telecommunications systems,  numerical modelling of high capacity long haul optical transmission systems, measurement and analysis of high speed coherent signals, and passive optical networks. They will join an established team within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies under the supervision of Professor Andrew Ellis, will carry out research in purpose-built photonics communications research facilities at Aston University, and will involve collaboration with industrial project partners with operating to short timescales. Training opportunities will be provided to acquire appropriate and experimental and numerical research skills. 

Applicants for this position should have – a first class honors degree in electronic engineering, applied physics or related subject, a PhD in a field allied to photonic communications or equivalent industrial experience in the photonic communications industry, technical skills appropriate to the amplified access networks and would be free to travel throughout the European Economic Area. 

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