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Research Associate in Frequency Agile Radio

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) is respected internationally for its many important contributions in the field of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and is also home to the UK’s EPSRC National Centre for
Epitaxy. The Department currently has 43 academic staff including 22 Professors and a number of other teaching, research and support staff. We have a student community of approximately 750 students comprised of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students. The Department's teaching is underpinned by research at the leading edge. The world-class laboratories are available to undergraduates and postgraduates, including major facilities for the development of advanced semiconductor materials and devices as well as their applications. The Department is organised into three research areas: Semiconductor Materials and Devices, Electrical Machines and Drives, and Communications.

Applications are sought from highly talented engineers with experience in the field of RF antennas and associated circuit design to join the Communications Research Group at the University of Sheffield. Candidates will have a PhD in an antennas or electromagnetics related subject, or have equivalent experience.

Through funds awarded by the UK EPSRC, a unique opportunity exists for a Research Associate to join the Communications group and contribute to the development of novel RF transceiver architectures for the crowded radio spectrum below 6GHz.

The Frequency Agile RADio (FARAD) project is a 3-year research intense activity in partnership with the University of Bristol addressing highly linear frequency agile transceiver solutions, which are both energy efficient and cost effective solutions for 5G and beyond wireless connectivity. Our industrial partners include NEC, Thales, Fujitsu, Orange, Roke Manor, Harada, u-blox and Cascoda.

You will conduct leading-edge research in the field of Frequency Agile Radio (FARAD) transceivers, with specialisation in RF antennas, related circuit design, implementation and measurement. You will have a PhD or equivalent industrial experience in the field of antennas or electromagnetics relating to the design, implementation and measurement of RF antennas.

Experience of wireless communication systems and RF circuit design are desirable. You will work as a team member within the Communications Research Group at Sheffield and with academic collaborators at the University of Bristol contributing to an integrated research programme funded by EPSRC. Opportunities exist for both recently qualified post-doctoral researchers and more experienced applicants in the delivery of this project.

This post is fixed term for 12 months.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Conduct novel research on multiband antennas as defined by the project and the Investigator (Professor T. O’Farrell).
 Integrate and evaluate these sub-system components into a hardware-in-the-loop RF testbed.
 Organise work and time in order to meet the deadlines and milestones as defined in the project.
 Keep the investigator and other relevant individuals informed of progress and attend progress meetings.
 Interact with the other researchers at the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield collaborating on the project.
 Engage actively with our industrial partners and support the reporting of progress to them.
 Support the development of a circuit and source code database and a technology demonstrator.
 Take responsibility for maintaining a laboratory logbook, delivering reports and giving presentations according to the milestones and deadlines of the project. The post holder may be asked to assist with the organisation of progress meetings and workshops during the project.
 Write up reports and papers on the key findings of the research and to disseminate this work in major conferences and archival journals.
 Plan his or her research activities independently.
 Develop his or her research solutions independently.
 Contribute to the management of the project at Sheffield.
 Contribute to the supervision of MSc and PhD student projects where appropriate.
 Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

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