Scotland – Research Associate

Job DetailsJob title: Research Associate

Job Purpose

The Institute for Digital Communications is seeking two post-doctoral researchers to work on the signal processing for wireless networks research funded by the European Programmes (ADEL, for a period of up to 24 months.

Main Responsibilities

• To be an active member of the Institute for Digital Communications (IDCOM), assisting in the planning and delivery of research activity within an interference alignment, massive MIMO wireless communications networks, cognitive radio and physical layer secrecy areas so that the overall research objectives of the project are met.
• To design and analysis of electronically steerable passive array radiators (ESPARs) systems
• To undertake research into complex random matrix theory, convex optimization and network information theory.
• To investigate the ultimate limit of massive MIMO wireless networks and cognitive radio systems using above theories.
• To undertake research into MIMO signal processing and precoding issues such transceiver designs, beamforming techniques, network coding, lattice codes, etc.
• Read academic papers, journals and textbooks to keep abreat of developments in own specialism and related disciplines. 70%

Project Management

• Carry out routine administrative tasks associated with the research project/s to ensure those project/s are completed on time and within budget. These might include organisation of project meetings and documentation, financial control, risk assessment of research activities.
• Present regular progress reports on research to members of the research group or to external audiences to disseminate and publicise research findings.
• Assist grant holders in the preparation of funding proposals and applications to external bodies.
• Ensure research resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.
• Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research. 25%

Dissemination activities

• Contribute to developing the international reputation of IDCOM through presentations at international conferences, through attendance at trade-shows and through visiting major companies and research centres world-wide (may involve overseas travel).
• Prepare, often in consultation with supervisor, material for publication in national and international journals and presentations at international conferences.
• Carry out occasional undergraduate supervision, demonstrating or lecturing duties within the post holder’s area of expertise and under the direct guidance of a member of academic staff. 5%

Planning and Organising

• Plan for specific aspects of research programmes. Timescales range from 1-6 months in advance and contribute to research group planning.
• Plan for the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops where appropriate.
• Plan own day-to day activity within framework of the agreed research programme.
• Plan up to a year in advance to meet deadlines for journal publications and to prepare presentations and papers for conferences.
• Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in subject relevant to research activity is essential.
• Hold or expected to hold (within three months) a PhD in relevant subject area (e.g., electrical engineering, mathematics or computer science) is essential.
• Demonstrate evidence of a publication record (full IEEE Transactions papers) commensurate with career stage and experience
• Possess sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within network and massive MIMO signal processing and information-theoretic study, cognitive radio, interference alignment, random matric theory, network information theory, convex optimization techniques.
• Extensive knowledge in applied mathematics, multivariate statistical analysis, probability theory, information theory and convex optimization techniques
• Familiar with various wireless communication techniques and standard
• Some practical experience of applying the specialist skills and techniques required for the role.
• Ability to analyze and communicate (both oral and writing) effectively.
• Ability to contribute to method improvement where required.
• Ability to work in research projects involving multiple partners.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page.The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments. The closing date is 5pm GMT on 7 May 2014.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to UK Border Agency rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £30,728 to £36,661 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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