Research Fellow/Senior Research Assistant in Visible Light Communications

Engineering and Environment

Applications are invited for an EPSRC-supported postdoctoral research fellow in the area of Organic Visible Light Communications (VLC). The successful candidate will conduct research relevant to VLC system design, implementation, measurement and characterization for indoor applications. This position is funded by a joint research project grant from EPSRC between University College London and Northumbria University. You will work with Prof Zabih Ghassemlooy and his research team at Northumbria University and will be coordinating research activities with others teams at University College London.

The EPSRC-funded project aims to develop the world's first complete VLC system, using organic/polymer optoelectronic components, and to demonstrate this in realistic system settings. The project will design and fabricated: Polymer light-emitting diodes (PLED) and detectors; transceiver electronic circuits and digital signal processing algorithms and optical wavelength division multiplexing components. The designed devices and sub-systems will be integrated into a complete VLC system, transmitting data under realistic environmental conditions. Specially optimised signals and modulation formats will be designed to achieve hundreds of Mbit/s capacity in a typical office/home range and assess performance in a specially assembled indoor environment.

The candidate should have a good knowledge and practical skills in electronics, communications engineering, optical communications, numerical simulation and digital signal processing. Design skills in communications system, and mathematical modelling as well as Matlab simulation are essential. Applicants must hold a PhD degree or have submitted a PhD thesis in optical communications or electronics engineering. It is expected that the successful candidate will carry out independent research and produce high-quality publications throughout the project.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof Zabih Ghassemlooy ( or Dr Hoa Le Minh (  For more information of the project scope and activities, please visit:

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Please submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article. Alongside this please complete the attached Equal Opportunities/Personal details form (found at the bottom of this page).

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze) award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Senior Research Assistant - If you are successful in your application for this role, it is likely that you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited. Further details can be found at:

Please note this vacancy will close at 23:59 on 23/07/2017


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