Research Fellow - Millimeter Wave Antenna: Analysis, Design and Prototyping

University of Surrey - Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

The Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), the home of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), is the world's first research institute dedicated to the next generation of mobile network technology and has attracted over £70M of support to date. The 5GIC has unparalleled expertise in communication systems research, covering all layers of mobile networks. It also benefits from excellent research infrastructure, including a large-scale outdoor mobile network test-bed, which is one of only a handful of such facilities worldwide. The 5GIC is an international hub for telecommunication research and innovation. It works in close partnership with a consortium of over 50 industry members including key ICT service providers, network and device manufacturers and test equipment solution providers to develop innovative solutions and standards for 5G networks.


Applications are invited for a three-year full-time research position in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey, to undertake research in the area of mm-wave engineering (30 GHz to 300 GHz) for applications in mobile communication networks. This post is part of a large-scale project, funded by EPSRC that addresses the different aspects of mm-wave engineering, micro-fabrication technologies and processes, materials technologies, and system integration.

The overall aim of this cutting edge project is to lay the fundamental scientific foundations and develop new antenna technologies for future mm-wave mobile communication systems. This will require undertaking theoretical and applied research, involving experimental studies, simulation and modelling. The research aims to determine suitable antenna designs and material technologies for a range of operating bands within the mm-wave spectrum, based on cost effective fabrication processes, which will lead to prototype demonstrators and testing in representative communication systems. The project is in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and the Research Fellow will liaise with two Research Fellows in Birmingham.

Person Specification:

The Research Fellow will join an energetic and established research team supported by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, including: 4-port Vector Network Analyser (VNA) operating up to 67GHz and anechoic chamber for antenna measurement. Applicants should have a good honors degree in wireless communications or electrical engineering. Their area of specialisation should be microwave/millimeter wave engineering. The ideal candidate is expected to have research experience in the design and analysis of millimeter wave circuits and/or antennas. Familiarity with signal processing will be an added merit. An understanding of system level modelling and performance considerations as well as familiarity with hardware prototyping and system level testing would place an applicant in a strong position. Applicants are expected to have track record of publications, good problem solving and analytical skills, to be proactive, to engage with other researchers and to be self-motivated. The successful candidate will, in collaboration with other researchers, specify, design and implement the systems under investigation.

Informal enquiries related to the project to Dr James Kelly by email:

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