PhD: Fibre Optic Communication

We have an open position for a Ph.D. student in the area of fiber-optic communications based on nonlinear Fourier transforms (NFTs). The focus of this …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
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Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


We have an open position for a Ph.D. student in the area of fiber-optic communications based on nonlinear Fourier transforms (NFTs). The focus of this position is on analyzing and mitigating the impact of real-world impairments on NFT-based fiber-optic transmission systems.

The position is part of the European Industrial Doctorate (EID) consortium FONTE, which consists of several European high profile universities and the industrial partner Nokia Bell Labs (Stuttgart, Germany). The successful applicant will work closely with other partner institutions in the consortium and spent 18 months of the appointment at Nokia Bell Labs in Germany.

More information about FONTE can be found at

Since this position is part of the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, the successful candidate will receive an additional financial package in accordance with the regulations for Early Stage Researchers, consisting of a living allowance and a mobility allowance. Eligible applicants with a family will also receive an additional family allowance according to the rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme.


We are looking for candidates with a strong academic background and exceptional grades, who have been awarded, or expect to get before the project start, a Master of Science degree in electrical/optical engineering, applied mathematics, physics, or equivalent and are within the first four years of their research experience. Applicants MUST qualify for Early Stage Researcher (ESR) status as defined by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme and provide documentation thereof.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Sander Wahls
To apply, please submit the following:
(1) a detailed curriculum vitae,
(2) a cover letter
(3) a list of grades
(4) other supporting documents that might of interest

After a first screening of the applications, promising candidates will be invited for an interview. Nokia Bell Labs will be a part of the selection committee.

The appointment will be for four years with the possibility of termination after one year. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The candidate should be able start his or her position in October 2018 or earlier. Please e-mail your application by 1 June 2018 to Dr. Sander Wahls, e-mail:

Additional information


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering - Department Delft Center for Systems and Control

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) coordinates the education and research activities in systems and control at Delft University of Technology. The Center's research mission is to conduct fundamental research in systems dynamics and control, involving dynamic modelling, advanced control theory, optimisation and signal analysis. The research is motivated by advanced technology development in optics, robotics and transportation systems.


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