Postdoctoral Position in Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing

University of California Berkeley College of Engineering

United States

Postdoctoral Employee in Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing – Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Job #JPF02582
  • College of Engineering - Civil & Environ Engineer

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 20th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jul 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Soga Lab at University of California, Berkeley (UCB) is accepting applications for a post-doctoral researcher in the area of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS).

Appointment length:

This is a twelve month, 100% time appointment with the possibility of extension being subject to performance and budgetary approval. Anticipated start: June 2020 or until the position is filled.


This position focuses on the development of advanced distributed fiber optic sensing systems and the associated algorithm to process the data. This individual will use their strong skills in fiber-based optical system design, opto-electronics, opto-mechanics, quantitative analysis, and software to develop and characterize fiber optic sensing systems, calibration fixtures and manufacturing tools. The specific tasks include (i) development of advanced architecture of a DFOS optical system, (ii) optimization of the current system such as embedded system control of the optical/electrical components and (iii) design and integration of RF electronics. Working closely with researchers on other DFOS projects at UCB, the researcher is expected to publish peer-reviewed articles and to present findings at national and international conferences.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):

• PhD (or equivalent international degree), or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) granting program at the time of application.

Advanced Qualifications (by start date):

• PhD or equivalent international degree by start date.
• The candidate should have no more than four years of post-degree research experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD in optical engineering, optical physics, electrical engineering or related/relevant field.
• Relevant experience as a sensor design researcher and/or hardware developer.
• Deep understanding of fiber optics and nonlinear optics.
• Thorough understanding of sensor physics and design, measurement principles, and instrumentation.
• Expertise in BOTDR/BOTDA/OFDR/OTDR, Fiber Bragg Gratings, Fabry-Perot interference effects, light propagation in SM/MM fibers, and polarization effects.
• Data analysis, signal processing, and programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python, C, LabView).
• Fluent in control and data platform software development.
• Previous experience with fiber optic sensors and applications.
• Good understanding of non-invasive sensors used to measure strain/temperature/acoustic information.
• Experience with troubleshooting and debugging prototype hardware/software.
• Electronic design (analog and digital), PCB design, and fabrication.

Salary: To be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application procedure:

To apply go to


Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.


Please direct questions to:
Kenichi Soga (Email: with subject line: “Postdoctoral Employee”.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California Policy and California State law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: ( prior to submitting their letters.

We are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

In your application, please refer to