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PostDoc on Low Latency Optical Network Systems & Techniques for 6G Applications

PostDoc on Low Latency Optical Network Systems & Techniques for 6G Applications

(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Irène Curie Fellowship
Electrical Engineering
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Job description

Work environment
Eindhoven University of Technology ( is one of Europe’s top technological universities, situated at the heart of a most innovative high-tech region. Thanks to a wealth of collaborations with industry and academic institutes, our research has real-world impact. TU/e is highly ranked according to the Times Higher Educational World University ranking and the Shanghai ARWU ranking (engineering). TU/e has around 3,000 employees and 2,300 PhD students (half of which international, representing about 70 nationalities).

The candidate will work at the Department of Electrical Engineering ( Within this department, research and education is done in domains of Telecommunication, Care and Cure, and Smart energy systems. The interfaculty Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI) performs research in the area of broadband telecommunication, by investigating the potential of optical technologies. As a key member of EHCI, the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group focuses its research on optical communication system techniques, ranging from systems for ultra-high capacity long reach transmission (encompassing single-mode, multi-mode and multi-core fiber systems), ultra-fast (all-) optical packet switching nodes, high-density intra-data center networks, to multi-service flexible access and in-building networks (including radio-over-fibre and optical wireless communication).  ECO participates in several national and international projects. 

Project description
The project addresses the challenges of designing and developing a spectrally efficient, adaptive and  converged optical datacom and telecom network infrastructure for future 6G and time sensitive applications. The project targets the design, prototyping and demonstration of a novel end-to-end integrated packet-optical transport architecture based on photonic integrated switching nodes. This network should be able to support traffic originating from heterogeneous access networks, addressing the anticipated capacity increase and its specific requirements such as high mobility, low latency, low jitter etc. The novel photonic network solution includes both transparent and flexible optical switching, adaptive optical transmission, and advanced intelligent control systems. The new photonic nodes with edge computing will address the granularity mismatch between the wireless access and the optical metro domain supporting dynamic optical bandwidth allocation. It will be coordinated by a dedicated intelligent control plane responsible for the provisioning of applications (i.e 6G, vertical industry services, etc..) through the allocation of heterogeneous compute, storage and networking resources also embedded in the node. Through the combination of improved, programmable optical switching techniques and intelligent, dynamic management of the applications, the project will perform demonstrations of 6G applications and vertical services, with more than100 times the capacity of current optical networks.

The PostDoc candidate will design, develop, and experimentally assess the novel photonic interconnects system with edge computing in a converged telecom and datacom architecture. He/she will numerically and experimentally investigate optical edge node network architectures that are able to interconnect a number of novel optical technologies to be developed in the project such as photonic WDM switches and bandwidth-variable transceivers in order to support the required dynamicity and flexibility. Moreover, in order to enable concepts such as hardware disaggregation and virtualization of the photonic node and system, the PostDoc candidate will design and implement the required opto-electronic interfaces and controller boards (also with the use of FPGA) to support programmability of the optical technologies developed in the project. In coordination with the software-defined networking (SDN) control plane, the optical nodes need to be able to adapt dynamically to the needs of specific services, optimally exploiting the data plane through the use of relevant data monitoring and analysis schemes developed within the project.

The PostDoc candidate will contribute to the TU/e efforts in establishing collaboration with the other researchers in the project and contribute to the related project reporting, scientific publication and dissemination activities.

Job requirements

Candidate profile (essential)

Candidates for this position should have a PhD degree in Optical Communication or a related field

  • Solid knowledge of optical fiber communications and communication systems, optical and electronic laboratory measurement equipment, optical fiber systems and components, semiconductor devices, and electronic circuits.
  • Solid skills in one or two programming languages e.g. OPNET, OMNET, and VHDL, Verilog HDL FPGA programming
  • Proven team-working capabilities and communication skills
  • Willingness to start as soon as possible

Candidate profile (desirable)

  • Familiar with software simulation tools for optical fiber communications
  • Knowledge of SDN/VNF is an asset
  • Knowledge of photonic devices and circuits / integration technologies is appreciated.

Conditions of employment

We offer an exciting job in the Electro-Optical Communication Group of the Eindhoven University of Technology:

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences as well as collaborate with industry. An interesting cooperation with the high-tech industry in- and outside The Netherlands.
  • A full time appointment for at least 2 years at Eindhoven University of Technology
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend a percentage of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • Gross monthly salaries and conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), scale 10, depending on your experience.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • Assistance for finding accommodation can be given.
  • The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities. 
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 


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  • Cover letter, explaining your motivation for applying and how you meet the job requirements (1 A4 page maximum)
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including also a list of publications, awards and contact information of two referees
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  • Copies of diplomas
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