Research Fellow/ Senior Research Fellow in Vehicle Internet Links using Infra-Red transmission of Information

Northumbria University - Department of Maths, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Northumbria University, Newcastle is a research-rich, business-focussed, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, and with a campus in the heart of London’s financial district, Northumbria University is located in the UK’s best two cities for students. At Northumbria we are global in our scope and reach, with operations in London, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Singapore, and we remain the largest English provider in Hong Kong. The University continues its strong commitment to internationalism, including its valuable and long-standing links with Europe.

Applications are invited for an Innovative UK-supported postdoctoral research fellow in the area of Vehicle Internet Links using Infra-Red (free space optic) transmission of Information. The successful candidate will conduct research relevant to the project in particular focusing on system design, simulation, feasibility assessments of a range of topologies, measurement and characterization for Vehicle Internet Links mostly ground to train applications. This position is funded by a research project grant from the Innovative UK in collaboration with a number of industrial partners. You will work with Prof Zabih Ghassemlooy and his research team at Northumbria University and will be coordinating research activities with others teams within the industrial partners.

The Innovative UK funded project aims to develop and demonstrate ground-train optical wireless Internet links at 10 Gbps using a UK Network Rail test track – connectivity 20 times faster than the nearest alternative technology in order to bring high-speed back-bone services to the passenger within the trains.  It will seek to prove that the links, installed on gantries and in trains, will operate under all weather conditions and on all sections of train track; tunnels, bends etc.  The designed devices and sub-systems will be integrated into a complete VLC system, transmitting data under realistic environmental conditions. Specially optimised signals and modulation formats will be designed to achieve hundreds of Mbit/s capacity in a typical office/home range and assess performance in a specially assembled indoor environment.

The candidate should have a good knowledge and practical skills in electronics, communications engineering, optical communications, numerical simulation and digital signal processing. Design and simulation skills in communications system, and mathematical modelling as well as Matlab are essential. Applicants must hold a PhD degree or have submitted a PhD thesis in optical communications or electronics engineering. It is expected that the successful candidate will carry out independent research and produce high-quality publications throughout the project.

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

For more information about the role and to apply please visit –

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Closing Date: 26/03/18

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