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Research Associate in Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Information Theory at University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, GB

University of Edinburgh

This is a Full-Time position in Edinburgh posted Sep 10.

Research Associate in Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Information Theory

Edinburgh Scotland

Description: University of Edinburghneed a Research Associate in Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Information Theory immediately starts from Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:32:49 GMT, this position will be placed in Scotland.

For more detail information about this job vacancy please read the description below. If interested in this position, please email us your resume, along with salary requirements and a cover letter to University of Edinburgh starts from Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:32:49 GMT.

Institute for Digital Communications is seeking two post-doctoral researchers to work on the signal processing for wireless networks research funded by the European Programmes ( HARP, http://www.fp7-harp.eu/ , for a period of up 24 months. The selected applicant will undertake research on signal processing and information-theoretic study of massive MIMO systems equipped with electronically steerable passive array radiators (ESPARs) and cognitive radio systems. The applicants who have research experience in complex random matrix theory, stochastic geometry, cognitive radio, interference alignment, statistical signal processing, network coding, network information theory, beamforming and convex optimization techniques and physical layer secrecy (but not limited to) are encouraged to apply.

Job Details

Job title: Research Associate in “Wireless Communications, Signal Processing and Information Theory”

Job Purpose

Institute for Digital Communications is seeking two post-doctoral researchers to work on the signal processing for wireless networks research funded by the European Programmes ( HARP, http://www.fp7-harp.eu/ , for a period of up 24 months.

Main Responsibilities Approx. % of time

The following describes the type of work that is typically required of research staff at this level. It is not expected that anyone carries out all the activities mentioned below and some carry out additional duties

  • To be an active member of the Institute for Digital Communications (IDCOM), assisting in the planning and delivery of research activity within an interference alignment, massive MIMO wireless communications networks, cognitive radio and physical layer secrecy areas so that the overall research objectives of the project are met.
  • To design and analysis of electronically steerable passive array radiators (ESPARs) systems
  • To undertake research into complex random matrix theory, convex optimization and network information theory.
  • To investigate the ultimate limit of massive MIMO wireless networks and cognitive radio systems using above theories.
  • To undertake research into MIMO signal processing and precoding issues such transceiver designs, beamforming techniques, network coding, lattice codes, etc.
  • Read Academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreat of developments in own specialism and related disciplines. 70%

Project Management

  • Carry out routine administrative tasks associated with the research project/s to ensure those project/s are completed on time and within budget. These might include organisation of project meetings and documentation, financial control, risk assessment of research activities.
  • Present regular progress reports on research to members of the research group or to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
  • Assist grant holders in the preparation of funding proposals and applications to external bodies. 25%

Dissemination activities

  • Contribute to developing the international reputation of IDCOM through presentations at international conferences, through attendance at trade-shows and through visiting major companies and research centres world-wide (may involve overseas travel).
  • Prepare, often in consultation with supervisor, material for publication in national and international journals and presentations at international conferences.
  • Carry out occasional undergraduate supervision, demonstrating or lecturing duties within the post holder’s area of expertise and under the direct guidance of a member of academic staff. 5%

Planning and Organising

  • Plan for specific aspects of research programmes. Timescales range from 1-6 months in advance and contribute to research group planning.
  • Plan for the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops where appropriate.
  • Plan own day-to day activity within framework of the agreed research programme.
  • Plan up to a year in advance to meet deadlines for journal publications and to prepare presentations and papers for conferences.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

  • 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in subject relevant to research activity is essential.
  • Hold or expected to hold (within three months) a PhD in relevant subject area (e.g., electrical engineering, mathematics or computer science) is essential.
  • Demonstrate evidence of a publication record (IEEE Transactions papers) commensurate with career stage and experience
  • Possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within network and massive MIMO signal processing and information-theoretic study, cognitive radio, interference alignment, random matric theory, network information theory, convex optimization techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge in applied mathematics, multivariate statistical analysis, probability theory, information theory and convex optimization techniques
  • Familiar with various wireless communication techniques and standard
  • Some practical experience of applying the specialist skills and techniques required for the role.
  • Ability to analyze and communicate (both oral and writing) effectively.
  • Ability to contribute to method improvement where required.
  • Ability to work in research projects involving multiple partners.

Job Context and any other relevant information

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES (e.g. finance, people, equipment, etc):

  • Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply via our Vacancy Website . The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not. The closing date is 5pm GMT on 11 October 2013.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to UK Border Agency rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website .


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £30,424 to £36,298 for 35 hours, each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The School of Engineering

The integrated School of Engineering was formed in 2002 from the various individual departments to address diverse and complex challenges across the entire field of engineering, at the micro- and macroscopic/global scales. At the microscopic scale, its research supports the design and deployment of novel nanotechnology and devices for biological monitoring and medical diagnosis; at the macro/global scale, it optimises the security and sustainability of the built environment and develops engineering solutions to issues raised by climate change. The Vision of the School is the achievement of excellence across each of its five research areas, from the science and mathematics that underpin engineering research, to its industrial and commercial applications and four teaching disciplines, all accredited by the professional Engineering Institutes. Not only was the School ranked third (Research Fortnight Power Analysis) in General Engineering in the UK Research Assessment Exercise (2008), but it also has a strong track record in producing more than 50 technology spin-outs and developing industry links that enable our graduates to build relationships that last a whole career. In 2011/2012 the School was successful in achieving £28m research awards/income.
The School is one of the largest in the University, comprising over 150 staff and over 350 postgraduate, 140 MSc and 1,400 undergraduate students. The School occupies approximately 10,000 m2 in over ten buildings on the University’s King’s Buildings site in South Edinburgh.
Each member of academic staff teaches in one of four engineering disciplines and is a member of a Research Institute:
Research Institutes

  • Digital Communications
  • Energy Systems
  • Infrastructure and Environment
  • Integrated Micro and Nano Systems
  • Materials and Processes

Teaching disciplines

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering & Electronics
  • Mechanical Engineering

The School currently offers 43 degree programme titles including combined degrees with Computer Science, Management and Architecture. The School offers the four year BEng and five year MEng degree programmes, all accredited by the professional institutions, and 10 taught MSc degrees.
Facilities and Centres
UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre is a virtual hub that brings together UK carbon capture and storage (CCS) researchers and acts as a two-way interface between the academic community and key stakeholders (e.g. government, industry and potential international collaborators).
The Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy will train 50 engineering doctorate students over nine years in all aspects of Offshore Renewable Energy.
The UK All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility for wave and tidal devices will be operational by 2013 and will enhance the University’s leadership in low-carbon energy research.
The BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering hosts bespoke equipment to support research and consultancy with precisely controlled high temperatures and the latest image analysis techniques.
The recently refurbished Structures Test Hall is our high-headroom lab for testing large and unusual assemblies. There are state-of-the-art lab facilities for developing and testing NDE and material handling technologies, a smart infrastructure lab and a good range of environmental engineering testing resources for the water and waste management sectors.
The School of Engineering is a partner in SynthSys, the Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology which is an interdisciplinary research environment with members across many Research Institutes, Colleges and Schools, including The University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and BioSS. It aims to pioneer genetic and chemical tools to manipulate the cell, technologies to quantify responses at the single-cell level, and mathematical models to predict and control cellular behaviour.

College of Science and Engineering ( http://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering )

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the largest and highest-ranked science and engineering groupings in the UK. Headed by Professor Lesley Yellowlees, CSE comprises seven Schools (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy). Informatics is located in the University’s Central Area near George Square, with the other six 2 miles further south at the King’s Buildings. The College has over 2,700 academic and support staff, and educates some 6,000 undergraduates, 800 taught postgraduates and 1,500 research students. It is in the front rank of UK university science and engineering groupings for research quality and income (£130M in 2001/12), and is a key player in many European and international research collaborations.

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008
In the 2008 RAE over 600 research active staff were returned. 96% of the College submission was of international quality in its originality, significance and rigour with 66% of the submission being rated internationally excellent.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible.

We still do. The latest Research Assessment Exercise highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence.

As a member of staff you will be part of one of the world’s leading universities, with 22 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 500 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate courses to over 30,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 11,700 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university we are an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

Date Posted

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:32:49 GMT


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