Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher

Northumbria University - Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Full Time – Fixed-Term for 3 years.

Working within the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, this is a 3-year ITN program in Visible light based Interoperability and Networking. It forms part of a Programme of research (15 PhD fellows (early stage researchers (ESR)) in VisIoN) which is proposed for smart homes and streets, manufacturing and medical environments for increased data security and reduced interference, or a two-way vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside infrastructure communications as part of the emerging intelligent transportation systems for increasing road safety. VisIoN aims to train a new generation of early-stage researchers in this emerging area and to make significant contributions to the fundamental scientific understanding and technical knowhow. Targeted application areas include indoor and outdoor VLC access, smart transportation, and medical and manufacturing environments. The ESRs at Northumbria will be focused on (i) Extending the effective VLC System Bandwidth using Equalizers; and (ii) Multi-Hop Vehicular Visible Light Communications.

The job responsibilities include:

  • Conducting original scientific research and publication of that research in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences
  • Working on a secondment in other partner institutions for a period of up to 6 months of the contract
  • Participation at the VisIoN’s short courses, management meetings and network meetings
  • Communicating the results of each research project to other VisIoN members, to the international scientific community and to the general public
  • The ESR will be required to interact closely with his or her personal supervisor, and prepare regular progress reports for the VisIoN website and its annual reports.

You must hold a good university degree with research experience (Masters or equivalent) in electrical, electronics, telecommunications, photonics engineering  or similar relevant subjects. You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic with an ability to work as part of a team and independently bring creativity to the research. Required are (i) a strong background in Communications Engineering and Optical Communications is desirable; and (ii) an excellent command of English and good communication skills.

Under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for this post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past 3 years and you must also be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of your research career at the start of the contract. Candidates should not already possess a doctorate degree but we will consider people who have already registered.

The position is to start 15 March 2018, with some flexibility to start earlier where required and tenable for 3 years.

For questions on ITN, please contact:

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Prof Zabih Ghassemlooy,

For more information and to apply please visit -

The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze) award in recognition of our commitment to the advancement of gender equality.

Closing date: 14 November 2017.

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