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Research Fellow in Networked Embedded Systems

Cyber Physical Systems

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,301 to £36,001 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 02.07.2018
Closing Date:  Tuesday 06 June 2017
Reference:  868217FP

Wearable and Autonomous Computing for Future Smart Cities

This multidisciplinary project is researching wearable, self-powered, embedded sensing systems that are wirelessly networked with smart city infrastructure. It is also concerned with the coordination and negotiation processes across the smart city system, and information extraction from the collected data.

This particular post is related to the project’s Circuits and Algorithms theme, which is concerned with novel circuits, algorithms and protocols to enable the efficient integration of energy harvesting sources into low-power networked sensing systems.

We are therefore seeking a Research Fellow to join an enthusiastic and multidisciplinary research team of academics, post-docs and PhD students with a strong track-record in this field. The successful applicant will research, develop and evaluate algorithms, circuits and techniques to enable efficient, self-powered, embedded networked sensing systems. Applicants should be good communicators able to collaborate with others, take a methodological approach to their work, and be hard-working and reliable.

Applicants should have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience relating to one or more of the following areas: networking protocols for embedded systems; software development for embedded microcontrollers; low-power and energy harvesting embedded systems. They are also expected to have experience of the practical validation of their research, ideally using commercial microcontroller platforms.

The nature of the funding source means that the successful candidate is expected to only be employed on this particular project for a maximum period of one year, ideally moving onto other suitable projects within the research team after this. You will also be supported in contributing to research proposals in areas related to this project. The project also has a ‘flexible innovation fund’ which provides funding that research fellows involved with the project can apply for to fund short research projects. These projects can perform feasibility studies to support proposals or publications.

If you wish to have an informal discussion about the post prior to applying, please email Dr Geoff Merrett (

The Department and University:

The University of Southampton is a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive Universities. The Department of Electronics and Computer Science is a research-led department with 127 academic staff and an annual economy of approximately £37 million. Electronic Engineering at Southampton is ranked 1st in the Guardian University League Tables (2016), and 1st in the UK for its volume and quality of research in the Research Excellence Framing (REF 2014). It is the largest department of its kind in the UK with internationally-leading research across Computer Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering.

The Department of Electronics and Computer Science holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating our commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advancing the representation of women in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. 

*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 Suzanne Stone (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043.   

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

Further details:

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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