PhD scholarship in Advanced Space Division Multiplexing for Ultra-high Capacity Transmission and Networks

DTU Fotonik works with all areas of photonic engineering, including astrong focus on optical communications. We are hereby announcing a PhD positionwithin the topic of advanced space-division multiplexing technology in opticalcommunications. This project is part of the centre of excellence SiliconPhotonics for Optical Communications (SPOC) funded by the Danish NationalResearch Foundation. The SPOC centre has been established to aim atsignificantly advancing the state-of-the-art in ultra-high capacity opticalcommunications and this PhD project will be at the heart of this activity. Theproject will start within the winter semester, 2019.

Responsibilities andtasks 
As communication capacity of the standard single mode fibre is approachingits fundamental physical limit, employing space (i.e. orthogonal spatial modesor multiples cores of optical fibres) as a new multiplexing dimension, socalled space division multiplexing (SDM), has proven to be an effective way tofurther push the communication capacity in order to accommodate theever-increasing capacity demands in the future. This PhD project will aim atexploring the most advanced spacedivision multiplexing (SDM) technologies toachieve capacities beyond 10 Pbit/s per fiber and 1 Pbit/s per laser based onintegrated optical transmitters, mode multiplexers/ demultiplexers(MUXs/DEMUXs) and receivers in order to substantially decrease powerconsumption per bit and space per bit. Within the PhD project, the PhD studentwill explore orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes and higher order modes (HOMs)and will study how electrical/optical signal processing can enhance theirsystem performance in record-breaking experiments.

The PhD project will have strong synergies to other activities within theSPOC centre, for example those on multi-core fibres, Sibased OAM MUXs/DEMUXsand ultrafast optical signal processing schemes, e.g. ultra-wideband phaseconjugation and time lenses. It is expected that the PhD student will benefitfrom collaboration with these activities to enhance the outcome of the PhDproject.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering/physics or asimilar degree with an academic level equivalent to a master’s degree inengineering/physics. Good communication skills in written and spoken Englishare required.

Approval and Enrolment 
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academicapproval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degreeprogrammes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and thegeneral planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide. 

The assessment of the applicants will be made by the SPOC centre leaderProfessor Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe and Professor Toshio Morioka. We offer

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for theexcellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Weoffer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. Westrive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegialrespect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary andappointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the DanishConfederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon withthe relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information  
Further information may be obtained from the SPOC centre leader, Prof. LeifKatsuo Oxenløwe, and Prof. ToshioMorioka,

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Pleasesubmit your online application no later than 15 January 2019 (localtime). To apply,please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online applicationform. The following must be attached inEnglish: 

    A letter motivating the application (cover letter)Curriculum vitae Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diplomaExcel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidatesmay apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin beforehaving received it.

Applicationsand enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religionor ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Fotonik has 210 employeeswith competences in optics and is one of the largest centers in the world basedsolely on research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors,lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems,bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

DTU is a technical universityproviding internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advancescience and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands ofsociety, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address thetechnological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academicuniversity collaborating globally with business, industry, government andpublic agencies.

Deadline: 15 January 2019
Unit: DTU Fotonik
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Post expires on Tuesday January 15th, 2019