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Research Software / Hardware Developer

Surrey, United Kingdom
£45,585 to £54,395
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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Institute for Communication Systems

Location: Guildford
Salary: £45,585 to £54,395
Post Type: Full Time
Fixed Term Contract until 31/03/2025
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Sunday 30 June 2024
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 010824-R

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 the following:

  • Experience in design and development of algorithms targeting high throughput and low-latency on x86 general-purpose processors and/or Xilinx FPGAs using RTL.
  • Recent experience in the development of PHY layer processing algorithms (e.g., forward error correction), and/or RRM algorithms (e.g. MAC scheduler).
  • An overall working knowledge of 3GPP cellular networks (e.g.,: LTE, 5GNR).
  • Good understanding of signal processing for wireless communication systems.
  • Experience in development on Linux operating systems
  • Good understanding of Open RAN related concepts 

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

  • Prior experience with wireless research platforms (e.g., Open Air Interface, srsRAN).
  • Experience with a high-speed FPGA protocol, e.g., PCIe or 10GE.

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 

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.

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

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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