Research Fellow in Radar Systems

Cranfield, Bedford
26 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow in Radar Systems 

Organisation     Cranfield University
School/Department    Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber
Based at    Shrivenham, Oxfordshire - Cranfield Defence and Security 
Hours of work    37 hours per week
Contract type    Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period    Fixed term for 12 months
Salary    £32,094 to £35,773 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £44,716 per annum
Apply by     07/03/2018 

This post is within the Signals and Autonomy Group, one of the six groups within the Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber.  The Group covers a wide variety of topics encompassing; Image Processing Techniques, Vision based Navigation systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Security, Automatic Object Recognition, 2D/3D Mapping, and Guidance and Control Techniques.

The post is for a Research Fellow in Radar Systems to work on a project on adaptive radar and waveform diversity sponsored by a joint UK/French missile development programme.  Current RF seekers use mechanical steerable antennas. In order to reduce the cost of the mechanical system, and to improve the performance of the seeker, we have been investigating the replacement of the mechanical antenna components with an electrically controlled 3D antenna array.

The successful candidate will exploit the ability of the 3D RF seeker to diversify, select, and optimise the transmitted waveform design and beam-pattern characteristics on a scan to scan basis to maximise target interception performance. Diversifying the waveform parameters has an inevitable impact on the accuracy of the sensor measurements and hence on the target range and velocity estimates. On the other hand, changing the beam-pattern along the trajectory, by means of the 3D phased array, has an impact on the monopulse characteristics and hence on the angular accuracy. The project involves a theoretical part as well as experiments aiming at testing the developed algorithms.

Main responsibilities include: 

  • To perform research in radar signal processing.
  • To manage/participate in the daily basis interaction with our research and industrial partners.
  • To publish high quality journals/reports based on the research carried out and assist with writing new proposals.
  • To assist in the supervision of MSc/PhD research projects and to advise students on their progress.

The post holder will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in an appropriate field, significant expertise in Signal Processing, estimation and detection theory and experience of publishing in high-quality journals.  Matlab programming skills and knowledge of simulation and implementation are essential. 

A PhD in Radar Systems/Radar Signal Processing is desirable.
Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Alessio Balleri at

Interviews will be held: 16 March 2018