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Chair in Satellite Communications

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £61,618 to £100,742 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Monday 07 January 2019
Closing Date:  Wednesday 03 April 2019
Interview Date:  See advert
Reference:  095818

The Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) is looking to strengthen its current activities in Satellite Communications and is seeking an individual with a strong international reputation in wireless communications and/or satellite communications to lead research and education within these areas. 

The candidate should have wide knowledge of the satellite communications business as well as wireless technology and ideally with experience in working with industry. The candidate must have excellent research expertise and a strong publications portfolio in the area. Current research in ICS covers networks and architectures, physical air interfaces, channel characterisation and integrated 5G and satellite networks.

Satellite communications features in our MSc courses as well as very successful one-week courses to industry. The candidate would be expected to contribute to these as well as undertake other teaching duties in undergraduate and postgraduate schemes.

We are looking for a person with an extensive research track record and proven technical management capability and the post-holder is expected to manage close collaboration between the ICS and Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL). The typical research areas are listed below:

  • Low Earth orbit satellite ‘mega’-constellations
  • Milli-meter-wave sat-com systems (V-Band) and co-existence research
  • Very large mm-wave arrays for satellite and terrestrial device connectivity
  • Satellites and the IoT

As well as good understanding of the following areas:

  • Agile inter-satellite free-space optical connectivity
  • Advanced kW solar panel technology 
  • Electric ion propulsion
  • In-orbit robotic self-assembly technology

The candidate will already be recognised as an international leader in their research area and will have the capability and drive to grow the activity taking full advantage of the infrastructure at the University of Surrey and SSTL. Through the provision of strong support and strategic investment in this post, the University anticipates that the candidate will help articulate, shape and deliver an exceptionally vibrant research agenda for the future.

Informal enquiries may be made to Regius Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Director of ICS, For further information about the ICS and SSTL please visit and

Interview dates are yet to be confirmed, but are expected to take place in May 2019.

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