Postdoctoral Researcher Photonic integrated sub-systems for 5G networks (V36.2924)

Postdoctoral Researcher Photonic integrated sub-systems for 5G networks

(Postdoctoraal) onderzoeker
Faculteit Electrical Engineering


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. In 2015, TU/e was ranked 106th in the Times Higher Educational World University ranking and 49th in 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 the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e, research and education is done in the areas of Telecommunication, Signal processing, and energy transfer. The Interfaculty institute COBRA (Communication technology: Basic Research and Applications) as of 2017, which is now known as the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) performs research in the area of broadband telecommunication techniques, encompassing optical communication as well as radio communication. As a key member of IPI, the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group focuses its research on optical communication system techniques, ranging from systems for ultra-high capacity long reach single mode transmission links, multi-mode and multi-core transmission systems, ultra-fast (all-) optical packet switching nodes, to multi-service flexible access and in-building networks.  ECO is has also participated in several national and international projects in the area of access, metro and core transmission networks. 

Research Challenges
The H2020 5G PPP 5G-PHOS aims to architect and evaluate 5G broadband wireless networks for dense, ultra-dense and Hot-Spot area use cases drawing from recent results in the area of optical technologies towards producing and exploiting a powerful photonic integrated circuit technology toolkit. It aims to streamline advances in multi-format and multi-bitrate optical communications, in InP transceiver, in Triplex optical beamformers and in integrated optical add/drop multiplexers in order to migrate from CPRI-based towards integrated Fiber-Wireless (FiWi) packetized C-RAN fronthaul supporting massive mmWave MIMO communications. It will deliver: a) a set of SDN-programmable units, called FlexBox and FlexBox-Pro, that will be compatible with the emerging 25Gb/s PON access networks and can deliver FiWi traffic ranging between 25-400Gb/s, b) a set of three different 64x64 MIMO Remote Radio Head configurations exploiting analog optical beamforming and producing 25Gb/s, 100Gb/s and 400Gb/s wireless data-rates, c) an integrated FiWi packetized fronthaul for supporting Medium-Transparent Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation mechanisms and cooperative radio-optical beamforming, d) a converged FiWi SDN control plane for optimally orchestrating both the optical and the wireless resources. These blocks will be integrated towards architecting 5G networks for 3 use cases, evaluating their performance in lab-scale and field-trial experiments:

a. 25Gb/s peak data rate PON-overlaid 5G FiWi network for dense areas, capable to offer densities up to 1.7 Tb/s/km2 , to be demonstrated also in field-trial experiments at the deployed network of Cyprus operator MTN.

b. 400Gb/s peak data-rate SDM-enabled 5G FiWi network targeted for ultra-dense environments and being capable of offering densities up to 28 Tb/s/km2 with

c.100Gb/s peak data-rate WDM-enabled 5G FiWi network targeted for Hot-Spot areas and being evaluated in field-trial experiments at the stadium of P.A.O.K. F.C. in Thessaloniki, Greece. 

We are looking for a strong post-doctoral researcher or industrial applied research engineer to take up this challenges required to bring this research forward. 

Position: Photonic integrated sub-systems for 5G networks
The candidate for this position will carry out research in:

  • Systems and sub-systems requirements for 5G front-haul network using V-band
  • MIMO and optical beamforming for the 5G PHOS concept
  • Designing the testbed for the 25G Ethernet PON FlexBox evaluation
  • Scenario drafting, and upgrading roadmaps towards 100G operation
  • Test-bed preparation, experimental validation and demonstrations supporting different optical technologies (SFP, SFP+ and QSFP28)
  • currently involved in standardization and recommendation bodies such as G.metro WDM-PON and SDN/NFV group
  • Generic research into systems-on-chip for 5G and beyond 

The candidate for this position will contribute to the TU/e efforts in stablishing the collaboration liaisons with the 5G PHOS partners and other researcher in the project.  The candidates will contribute to the related project reporting, scientific publication and dissemination activities and grant submissions.



  • PhD in electronic engineering, telecommunications, optical fibre communications, wireless communications, applied physics,  or an equivalent industrial engineering background
  • Solid background and skills in optical fibre communication and wireless communications experimental/laboratory set-ups
  • Good knowledge of mm wave wireless communications
  • Knowledge of electro-optical protoyping
  • Ability to work with experts from a broad range of scientific and technology backgrounds
  • Fluent spoken and written English


  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research group
  • The candidate will work in close collaboration with project partners in 5G PHOS
  • Full-time temporary appointment for initially 1 year, with outlook on appointment for 3 years
  • A gross salary of between € 3111,- and € 4084,- per month is offered, depending on knowledge and experience (based on salary scale 10 of CAO Dutch Universities)
  • An extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities).

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