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Research Engineer (Research Fellow) in Sound Sensing

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £40,322 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 17 June 2020
Closing Date:  Friday 17 July 2020
Interview Date:  Wednesday 29 July 2020
Reference:  025520

Applications are invited for a 3-year Research Engineer (Research Fellow) in Sound Sensing, to work full-time on an EPSRC-funded Fellowship project “AI for Sound”, to start on 1 August 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The aim of the project is to undertake research in computational analysis of everyday sounds, in the context of a set of real-world use cases in assisted living in the home, smart buildings, smart cities, and the creative sector. 

The postholder will be responsible for designing and building the hardware and software to be developed in the fellowship, including sound sensor systems, open-source software libraries and datasets to be released from the project.

The postholder will be based in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) and work under the direction of PI (EPSRC Fellow) Prof Mark Plumbley.

The successful applicant is expected to have a postgraduate qualification in electronic engineering, computer science or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience; experience in software and hardware development relevant to signal processing or sensor devices, and experience in software development in topics such as audio signal processing, machine learning, deep learning, and/or sensor systems.  Experience in development and deployment of hardware sensors, Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, or audio systems; and programming experience using Python, C++, MATLAB, or other tools for signal processing, machine learning or deep learning is desirable. Direct research experience, or experience of hardware or software development while working closely with researchers, is also desirable.

CVSSP is an International Centre of Excellence for research in Audio-Visual Machine Perception, with 125 researchers, a grant portfolio of £24M (£17.5M EPSRC) from EPSRC, EU, InnovateUK, charity and industry, and a turnover of £7M/annum. The Centre has state-of-the-art acoustic capture and analysis facilities and a Visual Media Lab with video and audio capture facilities supporting research in real-time video and audio processing and visualisation. CVSSP has a compute facility with 120 GPUs for deep learning and >1PB of high-speed secure storage.

For informal inquiries about the position, please contact Prof Mark Plumbley (m.plumbley@surrey.ac.uk).

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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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