Research Associate* in FPGA Instrumentation

Imperial College London - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Research Associate salary range: £36,800 - £44,220 per annum

Fixed-term appointment up to 12th November 2018

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university.  The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here:

Department summary

The academic staff of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department have wide-ranging expertise in circuits and systems, communications and signal processing, control and power, intelligent systems and networks, and optical and semiconductor devices.

The Department has a strong commitment to conducting internationally competitive and innovative research. Its primary scientific interest is in fundamental research with numerous applications to the environment, healthcare, information and communications technology, industry and energy.

Role summary

We are recruiting to our world-leading FPGA team. We are seeking candidates with detailed expertise in design for FPGAs at a physical level, as part of an instrumentation team working within the PRiME project ( The role of the instrumentation team is to develop techniques to allow low level control and monitoring of FPGA resources such as slack ( and power (

We are particularly looking for skills in one or more of: 

  • FPGA CAD tools, especially Altera Quartus II, and the use of tcl scripting to drive these tools in unusual ways
  • Device driver and Linux kernel development

To be appointed at Research Associate level, applicants must already hold a PhD (or equivalent).  We are also keen to talk to candidates who will soon receive their PhD in one of these areas.

As well as being able to demonstrate skills and experience in one or more of the above areas, you should have the ability to interact with a wide range of people across a number of partner institutions and with international collaborators, the ability to develop and apply new concepts, and excellent verbal communication skills.  You should also be able to organise your own work with minimal supervision, work to deadlines and demonstrate willingness to work as part of a team.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor G. Constantinides at

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380 - £34,040 per annum.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”).

Closing Date: 30 September 2017 (midnight BST)

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