Research Fellow

University of Southampton - ORC - Research

Location: Highfield Campus

Full Time Fixed Term - 2 Years

Interview Date: To be confirmed

We are seeking experienced and motivated post-doctoral researcher in the field of optical fibre communications to work on the development and use of state-of-the-art hollow core optical fibres for both telecomm and datacomm applications. The research will include work concerned with amplified long haul transmission, 5G back-haul and datacentres and will look to exploit the many distinctive and enabling characteristics of these new fibres – including ultralow nonlinearity, low-latency, high environmental stability, ultra-broadband operation, and ultimately the potential for ultralow propagation losses at different wavebands.

The project is backed by substantial UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding (The AirGuide Photonics Programme Grant) and will involve interaction with an array of industrial collaborators. The successful candidate will join a team of around 20 researchers focussing on the field of hollow core fibres, based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK.

The applicant must have a strong background in photonics, preferably in optical telecommunications/datacomm and/or optical fibre amplifiers and lasers, ideally with experience and knowledge of systems measurements (e.g. generation and characterisation of advanced modulation format signals, OSNR, BER and Q-value measurements etc.). Experience of systems modelling and amplifier/laser characterisation would both also be highly desirable.

The applicant must also have a background in laboratory experimentation with critical evaluation and interpretation of data. It is expected that they will hold a PhD* or equivalent qualification related to fibre optics or photonics more broadly.

The post will be for 2 years in duration, with good prospects for further extension depending on performance.

* 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.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Rosie McPhail (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043. Please quote reference 974318EH on all correspondence.

References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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