PhD fellowship in atmospheric turbulence modeling and adaptive optics – Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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The ICTEAM institute of Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) and the STAR institute of Université de Liège (ULiège) are inviting applications for a joint PhD position in the field of atmospheric turbulence and adaptive optics. The context of this project relates to satellite-to-ground optical telecommunication links.

We seek excellent candidates with a strong background in physical and/or engineering sciences. A successful candidate must hold a Masters degree or equivalent by the starting date of the position. The successful candidate will develop new models of atmospheric turbulence for optical telecommunication receiving sites using meteorological simulations, and will then use these models to optimize the performance of an adaptive optics system, in an attempt to minimize the onboard power in telecommunication satellites, and to maximize the transfer rate and robustness of communications. The work will include both software simulation and on-sky demonstration, using our laser-guided adaptive optics facility SALTO, developed in partnership with the Belgian company AMOS.

The project will be carried out under the joint supervision of Prof Claude Oestges (UCLouvain) and Dr Olivier Absil (ULiège). The fellowship is not restricted by nationality. PhD students at UCLouvain / ULiège are funded for four years (contingent upon satisfactory progress), earn competitive salaries, and are eligible for social security benefits.

Applicants should send a CV, transcripts of study records (with grades), and a brief statement of past research and research interests to Prof Oestges ( and Dr Absil ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with a target starting date as soon as possible.


Research Field

Engineering » Communication engineering

Education Level

Master Degree or equivalent

Research Field

Physics » Optics

Education Level

Master Degree or equivalent





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Université catholique de Louvain, ICTEAM Institute



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Place de l’Université, 1

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