Research Associate/Senior Research Associate/Research Fellow in Software Defined Wireless Networking

University of Bristol - Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual to join the Smart Internet Lab ( and to contribute to the TOUCAN EPSRC-funded research project, which aims to achieve ultimate network convergence enabled by a radically new technology agnostic architecture targeting a wide range of applications and end users.

You will undertake applied research in Software Defined Networking for 5G next-generation wireless technologies, such as mmWave and massive MIMO. Your research is expected to focus on the following research topics: 

  • Application of Software Defined Networks (SDN) for the control plane and user plane of 5G networks: network control protocols and algorithms, system design, implementation and experimentation;
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFV) adoption for 5G packet core as well as 5G radio control functions;
  • 5G end-to-end multi-technology network ecosystem convergence and development including wireless, wired and data center.

The role-holder will join the Smart Internet Lab (, a world class hub for internet research interfacing with the Communications Systems and Networks Research Group (CSN) within the Faculty of Engineering. The research centre has a long-standing track record on wireless communications, 5G, the IoT, Connected Autonomous Vehicles among other areas. This will provide access to state-of-the-art testing and measurement equipment, world-leading laboratory facilities and unique software capabilities. The role-holder will be expected to support Smart Internet Lab activities by writing research papers, presenting work at international conferences and contributing to the supervision of project students.

More information about TOUCAN please visit:

This post is offered on a full time, open-ended contract with funding currently fixed until 10th August 2019.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place around late October 2017Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr George Oikonomou:   

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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