Research Associate in Optical Communications

1. Job Details

Job title: Research Associate in Optical Communications 
School: School of Engineering 
Unit: Institute for Digital Communications 
Line manager: Dr Majid Safari

2. Job Purpose

This Research Associate position will contribute to the Institute for Digital Communications at the University of Edinburgh, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Develop analytical and experimental models to characterise adaptive optical reception in advanced free-space optical communication systems. This includes experimental measurements and statistical modelling. (25% of time)

  2. Design new optical modulation and adaptive signal processing schemes and test the developed techniques via advanced system level computer simulations as well as experimental validation. (30% of time)

  3. Develop a laboratory experimental setup for testing the developed free-space optical communication and signal processing schemes and a final prototype of an adaptive optical receiver. (30% of time)

  4. Prepare reports, academic papers, and patentable solutions related to the developed optical system. (15% of time)

4. Planning and Organising

• Work with the line manager to define and plan a program of relevant research work and then to produce publishable results within appropriate timescales 
• Work independently to plan the schedule of tasks to ensure that work of the projects progresses according to agreed overall timetable 
• Organise own time so that different aspects of the project can proceed in parallel giving due consideration to the needs of other members of the team 
• Be proactive in interacting with project partners to share data and ideas 
• Take a leadership role in regular project meetings to report and review progress, and to generate new ideas and lines of research 
• Determine the aims, objectives and deadlines for short to medium term work plan, in discussion with the Line Manager (particularly for medium term planning). 
• Contribute to long-term strategic planning and development of group activities, in discussion with the Line Manager and other researchers.

5. Problem Solving

• Be resourceful in overcoming problems encountered in the development of new approaches and the implementation of existing techniques in the normal course of the research. 
• Define the methodology to solve the problems in the project. 
• Work in close cooperation with the other project investigators, project partners, technical staff, and PhD students working on the project to resolve problems, as required.

6. Decision Making

• The post-holder should be able to organise his/her work schedule to ensure satisfactory progress and to meet the demands (where realistic) of other project partners, PhD students, etc. The successful candidate will play an important role as a member of the team in making daily decisions about their own plan of work and the allocation of time and resources. 
• Manage day-to-day work load, making independent decisions about immediate priorities to meet short and medium term targets that have been agreed with the Line Manager.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

Frequent (daily to weekly) contact with other researchers in the project team and relevant research groups including academic staff, other researchers and PhD students.

Regular (typically monthly) contact with key stakeholders, include industrial and academic partners.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential 
• A PhD in electrical engineering or a clearly related area 
• Proven track record in communications systems modelling and analysis 
• Strong analytical skills and proven ability to deliver high impact research 
• Basic hands-on and laboratory experience 
• Capable of working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines or technical background. 
• Strong record of publications in leading IEEE Journals and conferences 
• Previous research in wider optical wireless communication 
• Capable of working independently, exercising a high degree of initiative and demonstrating a pro-active and flexible approach to work. 
• Ability to work under pressure and meet agreed milestones. 
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. 
• Good time-keeping and time-management, with associated effective prioritisation of tasks. 
• Good communication skills; oral, writing and presentation of data. 
• Ability to contribute ideas and initiate new ways of working.

Desirable 
• Experience in the design and development of optical experimental setups 
• Solid knowledge of channel modelling and physical layer techniques in free-space optical communication 
• A PhD in the fields of optical communication and signal processing.

9. Dimensions

• Potential to help supervise up to 2 PhD students and 2-4 Masters project students 
• Work collaboratively with other researchers, industrial and academic partners, PhD students from the participating and related groups and researchers from other universities 
• Responsibility for regular progress reporting to project partners 
• Keep line manager up-to-date with progress 
• Contribute to interactions between immediate group and broader communities working in the field of optical wireless communications

UoE Vacancy Ref: 

043193

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Contact Name: 

Dr. Majid Safari

Contact Email: 

Contact Telephone: 

+44 (0) 131 651 3569

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