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PhD Student in Advanced DSP Technology

XO-03 — PhD Student in Advanced DSP Technology for High-Speed Optical/Wireless Access towards Future 6G Networks

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The Photonic Systems Group is part of the Photonics Research Centre at Tyndall National Institute, and is affiliated with the Department of Physics at University College Cork and also the Science Foundation Ireland IPIC Research Centre for Photonics. The group develops solutions for future advanced fibre-optic and wireless communications systems in collaboration with other national and international research groups and industry partners. The group typically comprises 20 members including Senior Researchers, Postdocs, PhD and Masters Students and Interns with backgrounds in electronic and electrical engineering and physics. Research disciplines include photonic and wireless system design, modelling, integration and demonstration; high-speed digital signal processing and high-speed mixed signal (analog and digital) microelectronic circuit design and test. The group’s laboratory facilities are excellent, including the world-class high-speed communications test and measurement test facilities and advanced optical fibre and wireless testbeds.

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD Studentship that will involve cutting-edge research in the air interface and physical layer technologies for 6G networks. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and research skill in diverse topics, including communications theory, digital signal processing (e.g., modulation, signal detection, communication and/or radar signal design and analysis), system/algorithm design and implementation for next-generation high-speed optical and wireless communications systems.

Key Responsibilities

The PhD student will work under the supervision of Dr. Xing Ouyang and Prof. Paul Townsend, and enroll as a PhD student in one of the University College Cork (UCC) departments, indicatively Electrical and Electronic Engineering in view of the subject. The successful candidate will be a fully integrated member of the Photonic Systems Group (PSG), which includes Senior Staff Researchers, Postdocs, PhD and Masters Students and Interns. Support and training for the candidate will be fully provided by the supervisory team and wider PSG members. The project is aligned with and will also involve collaboration with other Tyndall groups, e.g., the Wireless Communications Group led by Prof. Holger Claussen and Dr. Lester Ho, as well as and external academic and industry collaborators both national and international.

The successful candidate is expected to carry out independent and innovative research that will lead to high-impact publications (e.g., IEEE/IET and Optica journals and conferences).

  • To review the state of the art in relevant literature to identify the opportunities for cutting-edge research in this area
  • To undertake tasks which may include recording results and preparing reports including conclusions and recommendations.
  • To disseminate project outputs, through the interpretation of results and the preparation of manuscripts for peer reviewed publication.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the PhD.

Essential Criteria

  • First or upper second-class honour’s degree (or equivalent international degree) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, physics, communication engineering or a related relevant discipline.
  • Strong background in mathematics, statistics, digital signal processing, and analytics.
  • Experience in signal processing for high-speed wireless, radar, and/or optical communications.
  • The candidate must have knowledge and experience of one or more programming languages, such as MATLAB, C/C++, Python or equivalent.
  • The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in English alongside good scientific writing and communication skills.

Desired Criteria

  • Master degree/Diploma (5-year degree) in Electrical/Electronic engineering with an emphasis in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, or communication systems.
  • Master or bachelor’s thesis or independent research study in areas relevant to the position
  • Experience using high-speed instruments, e.g., arbitrary waveform generators, real-time oscilloscopes, USRP/FPGA platforms.
  • Contribution to a conference or journal publication.

What We Offer

A fully-funded PhD position that includes a stipend of €18,500/year for up to four years or graduation (whatever comes first) and full coverage of academic fees/tuition (approx. €5,500/year). Full coverage of travel expenses to conferences in Europe/overseas to present the outcomes of the project. Fully-funded training opportunities.

Informal enquiries can be made in confidence to Dr. Xing Ouyang at

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference XO-03

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.