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Research Assistant/Associate in Machine Learning for Optical Fibre Communication Systems (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,715 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2019
Closes: 22nd November 2019
Job Ref: NM21424

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on the EPSRC programme grant "Transforming networks - building an intelligent optical infrastructure (TRANSNET)". 

Optical networks underpin the global digital communications infrastructure, and the next-generation digital infrastructure needs more than raw capacity. The aim of TRANSNET is to create an adaptive intelligent optical network that is able to dynamically provide capacity where and when it is needed. It is envisaged that machine learning (ML) will become ubiquitous in future optical networks, at all levels of design and operation, from digital coding, equalisation and impairment mitigation, through to monitoring, fault prediction and identification, and signal restoration, traffic pattern prediction and resource planning. 

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK. 

The key responsibilities and duties are research into intelligent optical networking through the use of machine learning, liaising with project partners and the mentoring of research students. 

Candidates must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD degree in Engineering or a related scientific discipline. It is desireable that candidates have: experience of applying machine learning algorithms to optical fibre communication systems and knowledge of digital coherent transceivers and associated digital signal processing, a demonstrable ability to communicate with academic and industrial partners, a record of publishing high quality research in high quality journals and at leading conferences in the field, and the ability to collaborate broadly within the field and support and mentor research students. 

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded. 

Salary Ranges:  

Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942 

Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance. 

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Please ensure that you upload (1) your CV, (2) a Covering Letter indicating your research interests and how your skills would contribute to at least one of the Research Themes of TRANSNET and (3) a research publication list in the Upload section of the online application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date. 

For questions about this vacancy/application process, contact the CPS Secretary ( For questions about the TRANSNET project, contact Seb Savory ( 

Please quote reference NM21424 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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