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Research Fellow (RAII) in Advanced Physical Layer Implementation

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £41,526 to £49,553 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Tuesday 17 March 2020
Closing Date:  Sunday 19 April 2020
Interview Date:  Friday 24 April 2020
Reference:  018520

The Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) home of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) is looking to recruit a Research Fellow (RAII) in Advanced Physical Layer Implementation. The successful candidate will be part of the Wireless Systems Lab and will have the opportunity to work closely with industrial and academic partners all over the world.

The successful candidate will be part of a group that focuses on advanced signal processing architectures for future communication systems and their efficient realization on x86 platforms (i.e., algorithmic/architectural co-design), as well as on experimentation and concept validation via software defined radios. The post holder will be expected to design, develop and validate efficient software architectures for current and future communication systems, mainly targeting physical layer functionality on x86 general-purpose processors. Displaying a high degree of autonomy, the successful candidate will find novel solutions to complex problems, as defined by standardisation committees and the Wireless Systems Group. The post holder will be expected to be able to set, define and work towards achieving targets, disseminate results and document work done.

ICS is the largest academic research institute in Europe specialising on all aspects of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). It is home to over 200 researchers with expertise in all communication and broadcasting systems and has developed the best in class large scale testbeds for research and innovation and enjoys the state of the art lab and computing facilities.

5GIC established in 2012, is the world’s first dedicated centre in researching end-to-end aspects of 5G and works closely with national and international leading academic institutes and key industrial partners.

The post holder must have expertise in the following:

  • High-performance programming targeting signal processingalgorithms for high throughput and low-latencyusing C/C++ on x86 architectures
  • Code optimisation (e.g., multiprocessing with pthreads, SIMD programming) and profiling tools
  • Development on Linux operating systems

The post holder must also have at least one of the following:

  • Good understanding of signal processing for wireless communication systems
  • SIMD programming using Intel intrinsics
  • Track record of publications in highly ranked journals and conferences in at least one of the above fields

It would be desirable but not essential for the post holder to also have:

  • An overall working knowledge of cellular networks (e.g.,: LTE, 5GNR).
  • Linux shell scripting experience.
  • Prior experience with wireless research platforms (e.g., Open Air Interface with USRPs).

For informal enquiries please contact: Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos (

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,866) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,817).

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