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Postdoc recruitment

Status: 2 years contract, renewable

Dept/Faculty: CONNECT research centre, University of Dublin, Trinity College

Application closing date: until position filled

Expected start date: October – December 2018

Post summary

CONNECT (formerly CTVR – is Ireland’s largest telecommunications research centre. The Centre carries out industry-informed research focusing on wireless and optical networks of the future with a strong emphasis on the technologies that will underpin these networks. This position, under the direction of Prof. Marco Ruffini, is funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).


Two postdoctoral researcher positions are available in the area of access/metro network virtualisation and slicing, at the optical networking and communications laboratory of the CONNECT research centre, based in Trinity College Dublin.

The work revolves around the virtualisation and slicing of network components, including software-defined-radio (SDR), next generation passive optical networks (PON), cloud central office (cloud-CO) and Multi-access edge computing (MEC). Research topic include both slicing within each individual domain and resource orchestration across domains, with quality of service (QoS) assurance.

The position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, and the point in the salary scale will be appointed depending on the candidate’s experience. The successful candidate will join a team of highly skilled and innovative researchers in the area of access network architectures.

  • Knowledge & Experience Proficiency in at least one of the following areas is essential :
    • 3+ years experience in design and development of network virtualisation software architectures, cloud computing, cloud networking (for example experience in one or more of the following: openstack, OpenfFlow/SDN, Network Function Virtualisation, SDR)
    • 3+ years experience in network optimisation
    • 3+ years experience in development of algorithms for passive optical networks dynamic bandwidth and wavelength assignment
    • Working experience on the application of machine learning techniques to networks
  • Skills & Competencies:
    • Good working knowledge of software programming languages (e.g., c++, python, matlab)
    • Solid written and oral communications skills;
    • It is expected that applicants with academic background will have:
      • Established track record of publication in leading journals/conferences, on topics such as PON protocols, switching and routing, optical access and core networks;
      • Proven experience in mentoring junior researchers, such as Ph.D. students.

Interested applicants should send a CV to Prof. Marco Ruffini ( including contact information for at least two professional references.

Trinity College is the leading university in Ireland. CONNECT is Ireland’s largest telecommunications research centre. We carry out industry-informed research in the telecommunications field.  We focus on optical and wireless networks of the future with a strong emphasis on the technologies that will underpin these networks. We pride ourselves in carrying out research that is of the highest quality and that has international impact. We also pride ourselves in being an inclusive, diverse, creative, and friendly place to work.

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