Post-doctoral Research Fellow Ref 21155

School/department:  Engineering and Informatics
Hours: Part-time hours considered up to a maximum of 36 hours. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). Requires regular work on campus.
Location: Brighton, UK
Contract: Fixed term (Maternity Cover)
Reference:  21155
Salary: starting at £36,333 to £43,155 depending on experience, pro rata if part-time.
Placed on:  10 July 2023
Closing date: 28 July 2023
Expected interview date: To be confirmed.
Expected start date:  As soon as possible

Job description

The 6G Lab  (https:// at the University of Sussex invited applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) (Maternity Cover)  in Software Engineering/Power Engineering with a particular emphasis on the development of  models/algorithms   and subsequent simulators and software  demonstrator systems in the Telecommunications and Power network convergence space, with a focus on communication networks for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and  smart and connected EV charging infrastructure.

This full-time post is part of a 24-month prestigious Network Plus grant,“A green, connected and prosperous Britain” comprising  4  academic partners (University of Sussex, LSBU, Imperial College London, University of Essex), industry and end users’ groups to investigate with a focus on the integration and applications of telecommunication networks to support green, resilient and flexible power networks of  the future.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team of different skill sets (Energy Networks, Communication Networks and end user acceptance of technology) .

Key responsibilities

  • To research and implement algorithms, models, simulation software and demonstrators, as required for the project.
  • To lead on/participate in the relevant work packages and liaise with partners to ensure successful outcomes.
  • To independently engage/consult effectively with team members to ensure research is timely, milestones are delivered and effectively communicate changes or highlight problems in a timely fashion.
  • To produce high quality research outputs, including publications in peer-reviewed journals at acceptable level of volume and academic excellence which may be submitted to the REF.
  • To make presentations at major conferences in the field, and to disseminate research in an engaging format via blogs, social media, the media and other forms of public engagement.  
  •  To develop further research opportunities in the area and liaise with partners to locate further funding opportunities.
  • Contribute to project reports, workshops, and demonstrations.
  • To undertake any other relevant duties/activities requested by the line manager.

Key Requirements. This post suits a highly motivated individual with excellent scientific and technical skills, a willingness to publish in high profile venues, and work collaboratively and smoothly part of a network. The candidate should have experience in software engineering, power engineering, algorithmic development and simulations and software demonstration.  A PhD in a Computing/Power Engineering or Software Engineering is essential, as well as demonstrable experience with modelling and algorithm development, large scale simulation and software demonstrators.

Background. Led by Prof. Maziar Nekovee, the 6G Lab at the University of Sussex conducts research on 5G, 6G, next generation IoT, AI and Blockchain, with applications to energy, automotive and other industry sectors. This post is part of prestigious Network Plus grant, “Sustainability of urban systems and infrastructure”. The project titled “A green, connected and prosperous Britain” partners with LSBU, Imperial College London, University of Essex and the University of Sussex, industry, and end users’ groups.

Advantages and career development. This position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to advance their career in the rapidly advancing area of the applications 5G and 6G to the energy sector.  This project will provide ample opportunity to work with a range of our academic and industry partners in the UK and Internationally across telecommunication and energy sectors.

Please contact Professor Maziar Nekovee for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex. 

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOCX 65.11KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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