PhD Scholarship Position 3-4 in Multi-dimensional Fiber Optical Communications

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in nanotechnology. The funds for this position are available for five years. Applicants should apply before March 17, 2019.

The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience focuses on research, innovation and education within the fields of future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems. A close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academia, industry and society enables scientific excellence and creates an innovative environment. In addition to the 200 researchers and PhD students, MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication with the latest equipment.

Information about the project

The Internet is powered by optical fiber communications, with the world's data flowing through drawn pieces of glass, each slightly thicker than a human hair. While technological advances have enabled six orders of magnitude increase in throughput over the last half century, we are rapidly approaching the so-called capacity crisis, where throughput will flatten out, but demands increase unabated. This project will study the hypothesis to what extent optical fibers still hold large and untapped potential to achieve unprecedented data rates, both theoretically and practically. The crux is considering the available physical dimensions in a joint manner, as opposed to independent. In this project, we will enter this uncharted territory with two ambitious goals: to characterize the full-dimensional capacity of an optical fiber and to develop a spatial-spectral super-channel demonstrator to show significant throughput gains over current systems.

You will be part of the Fibre Optic Communications Research Centre (FORCE) at Chalmers, bringing together researchers in communications, photonics, electronics, and networking to solve hard problems in optical communications through a cross-disciplinary approach. The collaboration bridges traditional discipline boundaries and includes the whole chain from components to networks, from analysis to experiments. Collaboration with external partners, both in industry and academia, is also essential.

Chalmers University of Technology is located in Gothenburg on the scenic west coast of Sweden. It is among the top research schools in Europe. The research environment is international and English is the working language.

Major responsibilities

The person filling this position will participate in research as outlined above and will be conducting experimental work supported by numerical simulations and analytical theory. They will be part of a bigger project where the participants contribute with their unique skills. The appointment offers great opportunities to qualify for further research positions within academia or industry as we have numerous ongoing collaborations with the leading groups internationally. Included in your work is also taking part in the supervision and teaching of students.

Full-time temporary employment.The position is limited to a maximum of five years, including teaching and other departmental duties.A monthly salary is paid. There are no tuition fees for PhD studies at Chalmers.


The Applicant should have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, or similar, with a strong background in optical communications. Excellent presentation skills, and fluency in English are required. As merits will be considered knowledge in photonics or communications; experience with optical tranmission experiments or optical fiber technology, Matlab and other simulation software; teaching experience; and scientifc publications.Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city ofGothenburg.

Read more aboutworking at Chalmersand ourbenefitsfor employees.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20190080 and written in English.

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)


Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.

Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)

1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.

Previous research fields and main research results.

Future goals and research focus.Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.

Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Application deadline: 17 March, 2019

Magnus Karlsson, MC2,

Peter Andrekson, MC2,


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