Research Fellow in Radar Systems

Cranfield University - Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber

Contract Type: Fixed term for 12 months

Salary: Salary Level 5, £32,094 to £35,773 per annum (with additional performance related pay up to £44,716 per annum)

Location: Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, SN6 8LA

This post is within the Signals and Autonomy Group, one of the six groups within the Centre for Electronic Warfare, Information and Cyber. The Group covers a wide variety of topics encompassing; Image Processing Techniques, Vision based Navigation systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Security, Automatic Object Recognition, 2D/3D Mapping, and Guidance and Control Techniques.

The post is for a Research Fellow in Radar Systems to work on a project on radar waveform diversity sponsored by a joint UK/French missile development programme. Current RF seekers use mechanical steerable antennas. In order to reduce the cost of the mechanical system, and to improve the performance of the seeker, we have been investigating the replacement of the mechanical antenna components with an electrically controlled 3D antenna array.

The successful candidate will exploit the ability of the 3D RF seeker to diversify, select, and optimise the transmitted waveform design and beam-pattern characteristics on a scan to scan basis to maximise target interception performance. Diversifying the waveform parameters has an inevitable impact on the accuracy of the sensor measurements and hence on the target range and velocity estimates. On the other hand, changing the beam-pattern along the trajectory, by means of the 3D phased array, has an impact on the monopulse characteristics and hence on the angular accuracy.

Main responsibilities include:

  • To perform research in radar signal processing.
  • To manage/participate in the daily basis interaction with our research and industrial partners.
  • To publish high quality journals/reports based on the research carried out and assist with writing new proposals.
  • To assist in the supervision of MSc/PhD research projects and to advise students on their progress.

The post holder will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in an appropriate field, significant expertise in Signal Processing, estimation and detection theory and experience of publishing in high-quality journals. Matlab programming skills and knowledge of simulation and implementation are essential. 

A PhD in Radar Systems/Radar Signal Processing is desirable.

Interviews will be held on the 12 January 2018.

Apply online now at or contact us for further details at E: or on T: +44 (0)1793 785207. Please quote reference number 2565.

Interviews will be held: 12 January 2018

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