Applications are invited by Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) for a prestigious three-year postgraduate position (leading to a PhD) on a project entitled ‘Complexity reduction and data augmentation for deep machine learning-based optical transmission systems’.
This position as Early Stage Researcher is available within the European Industrial Doctorate Training Network project ‘MENTOR’. The project is supported through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and includes a fee bursary to fully cover the PhD tuition fees. Notably, 50% of the study and research period to be spent in the industrial sector with the project industrial partners in Infinera (Germany, Portugal), Orange (France), and Telecom Italy.
The multi-national & multi-interdisciplinary MENTOR project will address the pitfalls in the application of deep machine learning-based tools to the optical сommunications systems: overfilling and overconfidence, high complexity of the signal processing, high complexity of the training stage, generalizability property.
The successful candidate will work on developing and optimising various designs of deep machine learning-based devises (autonomous agents) and systems (both physics-inspired and black-box solutions) aiming at recovering the information transmitted over the optical channel, to achieve the best performance in terms of processing quality, complexity, and device’s memory requirements. It is planned that the study will cover versatile designs of deep neural networks, ranging from multilayer perceptrons to transformers and variational autoencoders. The new system designs will be studied, first, theoretically, and, then, validated experimentally
Funding (£36,000 to £39,500) is available to UK Students, EU Students, and International Students.
MENTOR is looking for candidates with exceptional skills and grades in engineering or physics and/or computer science, with the knowledge of machine learning and/or some expertise in the areas related to nonlinear optics and photonics, or electrical engineering. Preferred skill requirements include experience in scientific programming, communications and information theory, statistical analysis, optical communication systems.
The ideal candidate will have a Master of Science degree (or expected to be awarded one soon) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent.
Students of any nationality can apply. However, under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you 1) must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past three years, 2) must not already have obtained a doctorate and 3) have less than 4 years full time research experience by the start of the employment contract.
Formal applications can be made online here
Application deadline: 3rd May 2021
Start date: Negotiable; by summer/autumn 2021
More information about the MENTOR network can be found here
Inquiries: Prof Sergei K Turitsyn [email protected]