Postdoc position in the field of Eigenvalue based Optical Communication

DTU Fotonik
Wednesday 07 Mar 18

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Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral position within the field of eigenvalue based optical communication. The main area of work will be on the design of high-spectrally efficient transmitter and receiver configurations, and their implementation in an experimental environment. The project is a part of a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant FRECOM (Nonlinear-Distortion Free Communication over the Optical Fibre Channel). The start date is flexible, but no later than April 1, 2017.

The project is interdisciplinary and will cover topics within the field of optical communication, nonlinear optics, machine learning and information theory. The project is in collaboration with the University of Padova with the group led by Prof. Andrea Galtarossa.

The main focus of the project is on the application of inverse scattering theory for improving the performance of optical communication systems in terms of spectral-efficiency-distance-product. The project will explore various techniques to mitigate the impact of noise and loss on the eigenvalue based transmission system by designing optimum receivers and temporal signal shaping. Moreover, it will be explored how machine learning tools such as deep neural networks and Gaussian processes can be used to perform optimum symbol detection in a realistic transmission scenarios.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in engineering with specialization in optical communication. Candidates are expected to have experience with eigenvalue based optical transmission systems and their implementation in a laboratory environment. Moreover, the knowledge of machine learning is a plus.

Moreover the candidate shall have additional skills as: 

  • Experience with optical communication
  • Experience with inverse scattering theory
  • Experience using MATLAB or similar
  • Experience with version control software
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • Innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is two years.

Further information
Associate Professor Darko Zibar, phone: +45 61 46 46 88. E-mail:

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 23 March 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.