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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Fibre-Optic Communication Systems (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £36,024 to £57,696 pa
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th February 2024
Closes: 29th February 2024
Job Ref: NM40024

We wish to recruit a Research Associate / Senior Research Associates 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 should have a PhD degree in Engineering or a related scientific discipline.

Candidates should have experience of experimental research including applying machine learning algorithms to optical fibre communication systems and knowledge of digital coherent transceivers and associated digital signal processing. They should have a demonstrable ability to communicate with academic and industrial partners, a record of publishing high quality research in high quality journals and at the leading conferences in the field. In addition they should be able to demonstrate the ability to collaborate broadly within the field and support and mentor research students.

Appointment at Senior Research Associate level is dependent on significant experience as a postdoctoral research associate or equivalent, with proven impact from authored publications.

Salary Ranges: 

Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263 

Senior Research Associate: £45,585 - £57,696 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 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 click the 'Apply' button above. 

Please ensure that you upload (1) your Curriculum Vitae (CV), (2) a Covering Letter in which you should indicate your research interests and explain how your skills would contribute to Research Theme 4 within the TRANSNET project and (3) a research publication list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Seb Savory (sjs1001@cam.ac.uk). For queries related to the application process please contact Sue Murkett, by email on sm330@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NM40024 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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