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Research Fellow in Advanced 5GNR Signal Processing Implementation

Surrey, United Kingdom
£36,024 to £54,395 per annum and dependent on experience and level of appointment
Closing date
14 Mar 2024

Institute for Communication Systems

Location: Guildford
Salary: £36,024 to £54,395 per annum and dependent on experience and level of appointment
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Thursday 14 March 2024
Interview Date: Monday 18 March 2024
Reference: 010724

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research.

We are ambitious and have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee.  

Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively, and individually, make a real difference.  

The role

The Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) home of the 5G and 6G Innovation Centre (5GIC/6GIC) is looking to recruit multiple Research Software and Hardware Developers in Digital Design for Advanced Communication Systems. The successful candidates 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 candidates will be part of a group that focuses on research and development in the field of Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN), with a specific emphasis on Advanced Physical (PHY) Layer designs, Radio Resource Management (RRM) for 5G-NR systems. The post holders will be expected to design, develop and validate efficient processing architectures in the context  Open RAN based 5G-NR systems focusing on PHY layer and RRM, and targeting x86 general-purpose processors and/or Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) using RTL. 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.

About you

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+.

How to apply The post holder must have expertise in at least one of the following:

  • Development of physical layer digital signal processing algorithms and interfacing targeting high throughput and low-latency, preferably on FPGA platforms using RTL.
  • C/C++ development, SIMD optimizations and multiprocessing for real-time communication systems

The post holder must also have:

  • Knowledge of signal processing for wireless communication systems and recent experience in the development of advanced signal processing for wireless systems (e.g., for physical layer and/or radio resource management).
  • 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 5GNR
  • Prior experience with Open RAN designs and implementations
  • Prior experience with wireless research platforms (e.g., USRPs)

For informal enquiries please contact: Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos (

To apply please attach your CV and supporting letter using the R4RI format Click here for more guidance  

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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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