Research Fellow in Embedded Computing for Digital Communication Ref 5720

School/department: School of Engineering and Informatics
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: One year fixed term, with possibility to extend to two years
Reference: 5720 
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 16 April 2021
Closing date:  21 May 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description

The Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex is looking for a Research Fellow to work on an innovative project funded by a large consumer electronics multi-national. This is a research-intensive role with high publication potential in the rapidly developing field of low-power electric field communication. The primary aim of the project is to develop a novel near-field capacitive communication channel based on the patented Electric Potential Sensor technology.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a project that may lead to commercialisation of innovative communication links for various smart wearable devices, such as transmitting music from a mobile phone or smart watch to a pair of headphones.

Key responsibilities

Your role will be to research, implement and evaluate various modulation and demodulation schemes, bitstream encoding and decoding. This will be done using a combination of software define radio (SDR) platforms and FPGA and micro-controller systems. You will need to gauge the suitability of each approach for electric field based near-field digital communication as well as documenting and characterising the advantages and disadvantages of each method for BAN (body area network) applications. As part of the role, you will write scientific papers and contribute to monthly project reports, quarterly demonstrations and contribute towards patent filing. You will be working in a core team of four to five researchers within a larger research centre.

Key Requirements. This post suits a highly motivated individual with excellent scientific and technical skills, and a willingness to publish in high profile venues. The candidate should have experience in digital signal processing and its translation to the design of low-power and low-data rate (<1 Mbps) communication systems, as well as a willingness to operate in a dynamic research environment within an international team.

Candidates should have a PhD in computer engineering, electronics engineering, physics, or an equivalent field, combined with a strong background in signal processing and/or digital communication design and implementation. The candidates should have demonstrable experience and/or knowledge in the implementation of various modulation/demodulation and error correction schemes using SDR or FPGA platforms.

An interest in the application of research outcome in novel wearable devices exploiting this communication channel is desirable. For instance, the applicant could translate this research in wearable VR/AR, health, sports and entertainment applications. This project may lead to translation to ASICs carried out by the industrial partner.

Background. The Sensor Technology Research Centre at the University of Sussex works at the interface between electronic engineering, computer science, and physics to develop advanced and innovative sensor systems for applications in sports, healthcare, and smart wearables. The two main groups involved in this project are led by Prof. Robert Prance and Prof. Daniel Roggen.

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.

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

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