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Research Fellow

Next Generation Wireless

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time, Fixed Term (until 30/11/2020)
Closing Date:  Friday 27 December 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 22 January 2020
Reference:  1136219FP-R

You will join the Southampton Next Generation Wireless (NGW) Research Group in the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton to work on an EPSRC grant—‘New Air Interface Techniques for Future Massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC)’. The project is a collaboration between the SW at the University of Southampton and the 5GIC at the University of Surrey. The project aims to meet the challenges of future mMTC by investigating and designing novel non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), flexible duplexing, millimetre wave (mmWave) techniques, adaptive coherent-noncoherent transmission schemes, as well as new waveforms that are tailored for the future mMTC systems. It aims for alleviating the strict synchronism demanded by the legacy wireless systems, and for significantly improving their capabilities, network performance as well as the lifetime of autonomous mMTC nodes. Specifically, the NGW team will be responsible for developing high-efficiency noncoherent, partially-coherent and adaptive coherent-noncoherent modulation/demodulation techniques for mMTC applications by jointly exploiting the degrees of freedom available in the time, frequency and spatial domains. They will explore and design novel granted and grant-free multiple access schemes for mMTC nodes to share radio resources, as well as investigate the radio resource sharing algorithms that are beneficial for mMTC applications. They will investigate flexible duplex and novel medium access schemes, and joint them with mmWave to develop future-proof wireless communications techniques. Furthermore, they will design new air interfaces for mMTC systems by integrating the algorithms/schemes developed by both the NGW and the 5GIC teams, as well as study the performance of these systems by considering practical mMTC environements.

To be successful you will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in the area of wireless communications and preferably post-doc experience. You will have a proven background in digital communications, information theory as well as the signal processing and optimization theory related to wireless transceiver/network design. Good computer skills in MATLAB/C++ are required for carrying out system/network simulations and for system/network performance study.  Furthermore, a good research publication record is highly desirable. 

For an informal discussion, please contact Professor Lie-Liang Yang (email:, +44 (0)2380 593364).

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote reference 113621FP-R on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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