Job offer in england School of Engineering and Applied Science PhD Studentship (3 years)

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Optical Communications Research Group at Aston University under the supervision of Prof Nick Doran. The successful applicant will join an established optical communications group which has research covering all aspects of optical communications with significant emphasis on fibre communications and is a key part of AIPT.

The position is available to start in July 2017 or Oct 2017 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,296 for the 2016/17 academic year; please note that this may increase for the 2017/18 academic year.

Overseas Applicants

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, this will be £11,729 per annum for the 2016/17 academic year; please note that this may increase for the 2017/18 academic year.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding if it is required.

Background of the Project

This project is concerned with nonlinear effects in fibres and their use for providing a means of signal amplification particularly with the application in LR – PONs (Long Reach Passive Optical Networks). The science is nonlinear optics, advanced modulation and high speed transmission combined with network applications.

The work is intended to lead towards a new amplifier technology which could be applied in the access part of the optical network. This is significant for system providers, network operators and device manufacturers. These industries are partners of the EPSRC UPON project ( of which this studentship is a part.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Electronic Engineering, Applied Physics or Physics. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of digital communication networks and optical fibre transmission.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and family atmosphere.

For informal enquiries and further information about this project and other opportunities within the Optical Communications Group contact Professor Nick Doran by email at

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your review/personal statement are also included in the How to Apply section.