Ireland: Researcher in Optical Access Networks

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Ref. No. PT – 02) Post Doctoral Researcher in Optical Access Networks

(Position partly funded under the collaborative European Research Project PIEMAN)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in
Photonic Communication System Research. (Position part funded under the
collaborative European Research Project PIEMAN).

In today’s
communication networks the access portion of the network that provides
connectivity to end-users is separate from the metro network that
aggregates end-user traffic for onward transmission. However, as
bandwidths grow this traditional approach of separate access and metro
networks will become prohibitively expensive due to the high capital
and operational costs of providing and managing a highly complex
network comprising a large number of network elements and
interconnection interfaces.

The EU Research Project PIEMAN
seeks to address this problem by developing a new type of integrated
metro and access network that will allow individual customers to
directly access bandwidths of up to 10 Gbit/s upstream and downstream.
The PIEMAN approach aims to simplify the network architecture in order
to significantly reduce the cost to deliver future broadband services
to residential and business customers. This specific project will focus
on various aspects of the network demonstrator development. Specific
tasks will include the integration within the test bed of the two types
of customer transmitter based on novel tuneable lasers and
monolithically integrated reflective electro-absorption modulator (EAM)
and semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). The final demonstrator will
operate with the 10Gb/s burst data characteristic of passive optical
networks (PONs) and will test the dense wavelength division
multiplexing (DWDM) capability of the PIEMAN network.

successful applicant will join an established team within the Photonic
Systems Group, will carry out research in purpose-built photonics
systems research facilities at the Tyndall National Institute, and will
be involved in collaboration with other groups in Tyndall and
elsewhere. Training opportunities will be provided to acquire
appropriate and experimental and numerical research skills.

Applicants for this position should have or expect to receive in 2008 a
PhD in Physics, Electronic Engineering or related subject, and would
ideally have experience of optical transmission system research.
Familiarity with state of the art of optical access networks would be
considered an advantage. The post is available for a period of 2 years
initially, and is potentially extendable beyond this time frame subject
to successful funding applications.

For further information about this position, please contact Prof Paul Townsend at

To apply, please submit a CV to careers@tyndall.iequoting the reference number.

To apply for this post, complete the application form and forward with a detailed curriculum vitae and references to:

    HR Department
    Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork, Ireland
    Fax: +353-21-4904058

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