Postdoc: Fiber-Optic Communications Delft University of Technology, Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering Netherlands

Postdoc: Fiber-Optic Communications

Department/faculty: Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

Level: Doctorate

Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly

Contract: two years

Salary: 3255 - 4274 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering


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 Centers' 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 physical imaging systems, robotics and transportation systems (
The group actively participates in the Dutch Institute of Systems and Control (DISC).


Job description
This position is part of the ERC Starting Grant NEUTRINO of Dr. Sander Wahls. Starting Grants are highly competitive and granted solely based on scientific excellence. The overarching goal of NEUTRINO is to push nonlinear Fourier transforms from being a mainly theoretical tool into engineering practice.


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who has a strong background in fiber-optic communications. The successful candidate will investigate novel fiber-optic transceiver concepts based on nonlinear Fourier transforms, which provide a unique new way to deal with nonlinearity. No prior experience with nonlinear Fourier transforms is expected. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with a team of currently five other researchers working on numerical algorithms and other related topics related to nonlinear Fourier transforms.


The applicant has earned (or is about to earn) a very good doctoral degree and has research experience in the field of fiber-optic communications. A good command of the English language is expected. 


Conditions of employment
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.


Information and application
Please send your application including a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, your doctoral thesis, a transcript of courses taken during the M.Sc. and (if applicable) graduate school with grades, and contact information for three academic references to Dr. Sander Wahls ( Dr. Wahls can also be contacted for more information about this vacancy.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Irina Bruckner, HR advisor, email:

Screening of applications will begin in January 2019. The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate have been found.

The positions will ideally start on March 1st, 2019, and run for two years. Other starting dates can be accommodated. Upon good performance, the positions will be extended if possible.

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