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KTP Associate in Secure Network Communications

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ADVA Optical Networking Ltd (York and Ipswich)
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
Salary will be on a fixed spot 30,175 a year. There is also an additional fund available for training and development.
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Role Description

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) 

ADVA Optical Networking and The University of York

Based at ADVA Optical Networking Ltd, you will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between ADVA Optical Networking Ltd and the University of York. 

The project will support development of hardware and systems software for the integration of quantum and classical communications in optical networks. This will entail work on and around the interface between quantum key distribution (QKD) technology and high speed optical network transport.  

You will preferably have a PhD in a technological / engineering area relevant for telecommunications and / or advanced high speed optical networking. Significant experience in these areas may be considered in lieu of a PhD.

You will have experience of, and active interests in modern networks and networking, as well as commitment to research-led engineering solutions.  An interest in the secure transmission of data across optical networks would be useful.

Informal enquiries regarding this position may be made to: Dr Rupesh Kumar (; Mr Tim Edwards (

ADVA Optical Networking Ltd is a global leader in the development and deployment of high-speed optical transmission systems.  ADVA systems are widely used in networks around the world. The Quantum Communications Hub, led by The University of York, is leading the development of a UK Quantum Network, as part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

The Associate will be employed by The University of York, but you will be based primarily at ADVA Optical Networking Ltd in York,  with visits to the company’s others sites.

The post is full-time (37.5 hours per week) and is available for a period of 24 months.

The salary will be fixed at £30,175 per annum on Grade 5 of the University’s scale. There is also an additional £4,000 for training and development.

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