Sensor Technology Research Centre

Postdoc: Embedded Computing for Digital Communication and Wearable Applications (04/21)

The Wearable Technologies Lab (Prof. D. Roggen and Prof. R. Prance) at the
University of Sussex (UK) is looking a Postdocoral Researcher to join our team
to work on the research intensive project *Near-Field Capacitive Communication
for Wearables*, based on our patented Electric Potential Sensor Technology.

Our focus is low-power, low-data rate (<1 Mbps) networking for wearable, mobile
and ubiquitous Computing applications.

This project is funded by a large consumer electronics multinational active
the mobile device and telecommunication sector. The project outcomes may
be included in future generation wearable and mobile devices, for instance
to transmit music from a mobile phone or smart watch to a pair of headphones.

This position is one of several opening in this area. It focuses on the embedded
computing, digital communication, and wearable, mobile, and ubiquitous computing
applications aspects of this project.


Your role will be to research, implement and evaluate various digital modulation
and demodulation schemes for electric-field body area networks. This will be
done using a combination of software define radio (SDR), FPGA or
micro-controller systems. You will then explore novel applications for this
technology in Wearable, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing.

You will write scientific papers and contribute to project reports,
demonstrations and patent filing, working in a core team of four to five
researchers within a larger research centre.

Key Requirements

Candidates should have excellent scientific and technical skills and a PhD in
computer engineering, electronics engineering, physics, or equivalent.
They should have a strong background in embedded computing, digital signal
processing and/or digital communication. The candidates should know how to
realise various modulation/demodulation schemes using commercial or custom
SDR or FPGA platforms. The ability to design and build custom platforms for
this purpose, if needed, is a plus.

The candidate should have experience in wearable, mobile or ubiquitous
computing and have a strong interest in exploring novel applications and
devices exploiting this communication channel, for example in wearable VR/AR,
HCI, health, sports and entertainment applications, and others.

Advantages and career development

This position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to demonstrate his/her
expertise in a highly focused research project.
It will provide an opportunity to publish and present in high-impact journals
and conferences as well as filing patents.
The project has the potential to lead to a spin-off, further industrial
collaborations and offers broad networking opportunities.
This project may lead to translation to ASICs, carried out by the industrial

The candidate will be supported in applying for grants to support his/her further
career development.

Additional information

  • Informal enquiries: Contact Prof. Daniel Roggen (
  • Application:        Reference 5720 at
  •                     (The position opens in the coming days; check regularly or contact
  • Duration:           1 year with possibility to extend to up to 2 years
  • Location:           University of Sussex, UK
  • Salary:             £33797 to £39152 per year

Applicants from all over the world are welcome.