Research Fellow in Embedded Computing Ref 7630

School/department: Engineering and Informatics/Engineering and Design
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Requires regular working on campus.
Contract: Fixed term until 4 February 2023
Reference: 7630
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 1 April 2022
Closing date: 10 May 2022.   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: As soon as possible

This advert was recently posted on 7 January 2022 – Previous Applicants need not apply.

Job description

The Sensor Technology Research Centre led by Prof. Robert Prance and Prof. Daniel Roggen at the University of Sussex is looking for a Research Fellow to work on a research-intensive and innovative project funded by a large consumer electronics multinational active in the mobile device and telecommunication sector.

The primary aim of the project is to develop a novel near-field capacitive communication channel based on our patented Electric Potential Sensor technology. The focus of the role is to develop a low-power, low-data rate (<1 Mbps) point-to-point communication for future generation of wearable and mobile devices as well as ubiquitous computing applications. For instance, to transmit music from a mobile phone or smart watch to a pair of headphones.

This position requires expertise in embedded computing and digital design for digital communication aspects of the project.

Key responsibilities
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 FPGA and/or microcontroller 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, or equivalent. They should have a strong background in embedded computing, digital system design and digital communication. The candidates should know how to realise various modulation/demodulation schemes using commercial or custom FPGA platforms and/or microcontrollers.

The candidate should 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.

Advantages and career development.
This position is ideally suited for somebody who wants to advance their career in the rapidly expanding field of short-range low-power electric field communication and smart wearables. This project 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 collaboration and offers broad networking opportunities.

Please contact Prof. Daniel Roggen , 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.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

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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This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code and meets the salary requirements for Skilled Worker Sponsorship. Please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information page  for further information about Visa Sponsorship.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship 

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

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