Research Software Developer

Surrey, United Kingdom
£43,413 to £51,805 per annum
11 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute for Communication Systems

Location: Guildford
Salary: £43,413 to £51,805 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 31 August 2022
Reference: 054322

The Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) home of the 5G and 6G Innovation Centre (5GIC/6GIC) is looking to recruit a Research Software Developer in Digital Design for Advanced Communication Systems. The successful candidate will be part of the Wireless Systems Lab group and will have the opportunity to work very close with our industrial partners as well as with 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 (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 hardware architectures for current and future communication systems, mainly targeting physical layer functionality. 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 Lab 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 in 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.

Established in 2012, 5GIC 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. In November 2020, 6GIC was officially launched with parallel research undertaken in both 5G+ and 6G for 2030+.

The post holder must have expertise in the following:

  • Experience in high-performance programming targeting signal processing algorithms for high throughput and low-latency using C/C++ on x86 architectures and/or nVIDIA GPUs using the CUDA API.

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

  • Recent experience in the development of complex signal processing algorithms and algorithmic architectures.
  • Good understanding of signal processing for wireless communication systems. 
  • An overall working knowledge of cellular networks (e.g.: LTE, 5GNR).

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

  • Experience in design and development of physical layer digital signal processing algorithms targeting high throughput and low-latency on Xilinx FPGAs using RTL and/or HLS (e.g., using Xilinx System Generator for DSP).
  • Experience with a high-speed FPGA protocol, e.g., PCIe or 10GE.
  • Prior experience with wireless research platforms (e.g., Open Air Interface with USRPs).

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos (

This is a fixed term contract for up to 15 months.

Please upload your CV and a covering letter with your application.

Further details: Job Description

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate, flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community. Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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