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Research Associate / Research Fellow in Comb based Optical Communications

Aston University
Aston University Main Campus
£35,333 to £51,805 per annum
Closing date
30 Oct 2022

Job Details

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months or until 31st March 2025 whichever the shorter.)

We are looking for a skilled Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow to work on an innovative research project that has been funded through EPSRC and SFI This project looks substantially increase the capacity of optical transceivers well into the Terabit regime using optical combs and advanced media conversion techniques. The work is a collaboration between Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University, Birmingham, and the RINCE Institute, Dublin City University, Dublin.

The successful candidate will join an established team within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies under the supervision of Professor Andrew Ellis and will carry out research in purpose-built photonics research facilities at Aston University. They will develop advanced ultra-high-capacity optical transmitter and receivers, addressing limitations of resolution and sampling frequency with novel optical solutions. They will demonstrate the performance benefits in realistic test scenarios including extended tests during secondments to partner institutions.

They will have a strong track record in the development of transmitters and receivers in optical communications. An ability to learn new techniques quickly is highly desirable and additional training will be given as needed.

Candidates who have recently submitted a relevant PhD and are awaiting award will be considered at the grade of Research Associate. Candidates with substantial post-doctoral experience in an appropriate field will be considered for appointment at the grade of Research Fellow.

For further information please contact Prof. Andrew Ellis

Further details

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter [], recognised by a silver award, and we are a Disability Confident Employer Level 2. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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Closing Date:      23.59 hours GMT on Wednesday 30 November 2022

Interview Date: Friday 06 January 2023


Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to business and the professions. Professor Alec Cameron became Vice Chancellor of the University in 2016, building on a strong legacy left by the Baroness Brown of Cambridge. The University is consistently ranked in the UKs top 40 universities confirming our place amongst the elite.

Located in the heart of a Birmingham one of Europe’s liveliest and most welcoming cities, our 40 acre friendly and green campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Working at Aston you’ll enjoy competitive salaries, great benefits and fantastic development opportunities. 

Over 1400 formally contracted people work at the university in a wide variety of professional, technical, academic, manual and clerical roles.

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