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Research Associate/ Senior Research Associate / Research Fellow in QKD_SDN

University of Bristol - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Engineering Maths - Faculty of Engineering

Location: Bristol
Salary: £34,304 to £50,296 Grade I or J or K
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 9th September 2021
Closes: 20th February 2022
Job Ref: ACAD105514

The role

The HPN group, part of the Smart Internet Lab of University of Bristol, is looking for an enthusiastic researcher to contribute on the development of cutting edge research on quantum networks. The researcher will be required to exhibit excellent software engineering skills to contribute on the development of simulation tools and on the software stack for advanced quantum communications and quantum networks, with application on the Quantum Internet, distributed quantum computing as well as on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology. The HPN group features one of the largest and most illustrious test-bed facilities in Europe, providing the chance for field-experimentation on quantum networks. You will carry out work leading to publications in high-quality, high-impact journals and presentations at international conferences, working in conjunction with internal and external research collaborations in industrial and academic laboratories in Europe and beyond. 

What will you be doing?

In particular, the researcher is required to carry out research in one or more of the following research topics:

  • Simulation of quantum networks
  • QKD and quantum networks deployment
  • Key management solutions for QKD networks
  • SDN for QKD optical networks
  • Path calculation algorithms for QKD and quantum networks
  • Machine learning algorithms for control of quantum networks
  • Programmable hardware for encryption/decryption
  • Contribute in preparation and submission of research proposals to national and international academic and industrial research funding organizations
  • Assist in project management duties.

You should apply if

The candidate should have:

  • A MSc/PhD degree on Electrical/Electronics Engineering with specialization in Communications
  • Excellent software engineering skills with application in communications
  • Experience on SDN for optical networks
  • Basic knowledge of Quantum Communications and Quantum Networks

Additional information

For informal enquiries please contact Dr George Kanellos,, Prof. Reza Nejabati,

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Please Note: This is a “rolling advert” with a nominal end date only as indicated in the advert. Applications are welcome at any time and the timing of the selection process will be dependent on the applications received. 

There is no formal closing date, but the start date for each post is flexible dependent on the circumstances of the successful candidates. 

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