Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Optical Wireless Communications University of Oxford, Department of Engineering Science United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Optical Wireless Communications

Department of Engineering Science, Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher to join the optical wireless communications research group at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by the EPSRC as part of the project QDOS LITE. The post is available immediately and is fixed-term until 31 March 2019.


Quantum Key Distribution using free-space optical links can provide secure information transmission between Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and ground based terminals. In project demonstration QKD links will be developed and implemented. The work is led by Airbus and includes KETS, ID Quantique, the University of Bristol as well as Oxford.


You will play a key role in this cutting-edge work, and will lead the modification of an existing ground based terminal to support QKD transmission, and work with other partners to build and test an operating link, as well as investigate new architectures. The project will be highly collaborative and involve some work at other partners’ institutions as well as field tests.


The successful applicant will have skills in photonic systems research and experimentation, preferably in an area relevant to free-space optical communications, as well as the drive and enthusiasm to create working communications demonstrators. You should hold a PhD (or be near completion) or hold equivalent experience in a suitable subject (a relevant branch of Engineering or Physics). This is an excellent opportunity to work in the rapidly growing and now commercially relevant area of Quantum Key Distribution, and to gain skills in this exciting new area.


The group at Oxford have strong links with the groups at Airbus and with Bristol. More information about the scope of this work can be found in our publications. Candidates can also make informal enquires by contacting Professor Dominic O’Brien (


Further information can be found at:


You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 15 January 2018 can be considered.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.


Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:


Contact Person : Professor Dominic O’Brien

Vacancy ID : 132658

Contact Phone :

Closing Date : 15-Jan-2018

Contact Email :

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