Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering and Physiocal Sciences

Fixed term until 31st December 2020

Grade 7 - Starting salary is normally in the range £29,301 to £38,183. With potential progression once in post to £40,523 a year.

Research Fellow for EPSRC grant on Ionospheric Measurement, Modelling, and Simulation for Future Wideband UHF Satcoms

Society is increasingly dependent on communications (both person-to-person and machine-to-machine). Where terrestrial infrastructure is under-developed, satellite communication (satcom) is often used. The choice of satcom radio frequency is dependent on various factors, but ultra-high frequency (UHF) is popular because of the low cost of the user terminals, its capability to operate with small and portable antennas, and its resilience to shadowing by objects and foliage.

Greater UHF satcom data capacity is required and may be provided by new wideband waveforms. However the operation of such systems is limited by space weather effects (i.e. irregularities in the ionosphere) which cause rapid changes in a signal delay, phase and amplitude

The successful applicant will undertake research on the impact of the ionosphere on the wideband (5 MHz) UHF satcom radio channel. The overall aim is the development of a software channel model and associated hardware simulator of the channel. The role includes:

  • Development of a measurement system (wideband receiver, antenna and antenna mount) and software  to make use of the COSMIC-2 UHF wideband channel probe.
  • Deployment of the receiver system and supporting equipment (i.e. ionospheric monitoring GPS receivers) to Ascension Island.
  • Analysis of the data to both understand the channel and to derive statistics of the channel.
  • Development of a wideband trans-ionospheric software channel simulator; implementation of the hardware simulator.

The research fellow will be based in the Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group at the University of Birmingham. The post-holder will be responsible for publishing the findings as they emerge in leading international journals and will liaise closely with PhD students and other researchers (including collaborators at the University of Bath). The post-holder will work within leading research groups and will gain extensive international, industrial and academic contacts and experience.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to develop solutions with limited information. (S)he will have a PhD in Electronic Engineering, Physics or related fields and to be able to demonstrate skills related to digital signal processing, software defined radio, FPGA programming (i.e. VHDL), and high level programming (i.e. Python). Ideally (s)he will have experience of managing and conducting overseas trials and of publishing research findings in international journals and/or conferences. As part of the role for the project, (s)he will be expected to liaise with researchers at the other institutions. Alongside the primary research project, the post-holder will be expected to assist other research projects within the School and contribute to the success of the School through a range of activities such as teaching, open days and external engagements.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof. Matthew Angling at 

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