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Research Associate in Sensor Array Signal Processing

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 III-V Technologies. The Department currently has 46 academic staff including 22 Professors and a number of other teaching, research and support staff. We have a community of approximately 800 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.

This position is focused on the area of sensor array signal processing to develop novel methods and algorithms for both beamforming and direction of arrival (DOA) estimation, and with a particular emphasis on distributed sensor array systems
and its optimal design in terms of some specific performance criteria, such as detection range and estimation accuracy. You will work under the supervision of Dr. Wei Liu and will collaborate closely with other members of his team.

Candidates are required to hold a PhD or be close to completion in sensor array signal processing or closely related areas. A good publication record in top-rated international conferences and journals in areas closely related to sensor array signal
processing is essential. Candidate should also have a good scientific background and understanding in the area of statistical signal processing, detection and estimation.

This post is fixed term for 12 months.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

Job Description

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Develop novel methods and algorithms for both beamforming and DOA estimation exploiting various information of an array system.
• Develop novel methods and algorithms for effective design of distributed sensor array systems.
• Work closely with other RAs and PhD students on common research programmes and themes.
• Write research reports and publish research findings in high quality international conferences and journals, such as International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing and IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.
• Liaise, as necessary, with other research staff within the group, department, the University and wider community.
• Provide necessary administrative support to the research project.
• Assist in the supervision of undergraduate, Masters and PhD students.
• Manage the above required research work effectively to meet the deliverables and reporting requirements, as specified by the funding agency, and provide input to the research direction of the project.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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