Heriot-Watt University

Assistant Professor in Telecommunications

Heriot-Watt University – School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for innovation, business and industry. 

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort 

Shaping Tomorrow Together 

The university is running a campaign to identify key academic talent join us across our Edinburgh, Galashiels, and Dubai campuses and across multiple Schools and Disciplines. You will join as an Assistant Professor. This is an exciting campaign to kick off in late 2022 and into 2023. So, we are really interested in hearing from you as we look to you to help us shape tomorrow together.

About our Team

We are seeking applicants for one position in Telecommunications at Assistant Professor level to join our Institute of Sensors Signals and Systems. We seek candidates with research interests in the development of cutting-edge electronic sub-systems for sensing and wireless technologies. We are especially interested in profiles willing to work on real-world problems in close collaboration with industry to support applications in (but not limited to) communication and radar as well as other applications in IoT and sensing.  

As a leading international technological University, Heriot-Watt University is recognised for its world-class research, knowledge exchange and educational programmes.  The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences is one of the most successful engineering faculties in the UK; our joint submission with the University of Edinburgh in Engineering was ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for quality and breadth of research based upon the standard Research Power formula as used by the Times Higher Education for the REF 2021 results. With over £25 million annual research income it is a recognised research leader in Physics, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Robotics. As a small-scale university, we have a strong collaborative and multi-disciplinary research culture.  

The Institute for Sensors Signals and Systems (ISSS) is a world leading research unit developing key innovations related to satellite and terrestrial communication systems, microwave and antenna engineering, medical device manufacturing, signal and image processing, autonomous distributive systems and robotics. Our research, which is underpinned by annual research income in excess of £3M, delivers impact in several key areas including; Wireless Networks, Robotics & Autonomous Systems and Transport, Medical Technologies, Surveillance and Defence. 

Microwave and Wireless Technologies research at ISSS is staffed by ten faculty including five at professorial level and is a strategic area of growth for ISSS. The research cluster addresses topical areas in satellite communications, 6G as well as IoT and radar systems from practical electronics designs to system-level integration. The cluster works in close collaboration with other communication research groups in the Edinburgh area as well as a number of industrial partners in Scotland, the UK, Europe and globally. Core in this cluster sits with the Microwave and Antenna Laboratory (https://microwaves.site.hw.ac.uk/) that is presently staffed with seven full time faculty and about 25 researcher staff and PhD students. The Laboratory is currently underpinned by a research portfolio in excess of £4M including co-ordinating role for the H2020-MSCA-ITN project TESLA as well as a number of contracts with the European Space Agency and several industrial partners. 

We are seeking candidates with a record that will demonstrate that they have the drive and ambition to become a leading international researcher in an area complementary to our existing strengths.  

You will have knowledge and experience in the area of advanced electronic designs for sensing and wireless technologies. You will have a strong academic track record and a strong drive to become a research leader. Ideally, you will possess a successful track record of obtaining external funding, as well as previous teaching and learning experience to contribute positively to our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Relevant industrial experience would be desirable. A PhD in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Physics or other cognate discipline is essential, along with evidence of vision, drive and determination to succeed. A confident and outgoing attitude is necessary, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.  

The successful applicant will develop an independent research portfolio while working in tandem with colleagues associated with one or more of the above research areas. There will be a requirement to demonstrate leadership and initiative in developing novel, collaborative research with a view to building a research team. This will include developing an experimental research facility and becoming internationally recognised, expanding and enhancing the intensity and reputation of our School’s research. You will need to demonstrate a clear strategy for your future research plans and identify how this fits with the landscape of the School as well as the broader national and international landscape. 

You will also be required to contribute to relevant teaching within the disciplines of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE) and will be a member of the EECE Teaching Group. This teaching will be related to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and at all academic levels in the areas of analogue and high frequency electronics and project supervision. Typical key teaching topics may include but are not limited to analogue electronics, electromagnetism, telecommunications, mobile communications, sensors, signals and systems. 

This opportunity therefore relates to high quality, self-motivated individuals with the ability to work and actively participate in developing advanced research in electromagnetics, microwave and antenna engineering and expanding the teaching knowledge base within the School’s Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering disciplines. 

Key Responsibilities 

Reporting to the Head of the School of Engineering and National Robotarium Academic leads, responsibilities include:  

  • actively engaging in research and actively contributing to the university's research profile;  

  • publishing research through the preparation and submission of journal and conference papers and participating in academic conferences.  

  • supervising undergraduate students, postgraduate students and research associates' research work;  

  • actively pursuing research funding through the development of quality grant proposals;  

  • establishing collaborative research and teaching links outside the university via funding councils, industry, business and public bodies;  

  • representing the institution in a professional capacity, particularly with regard to research dissemination and development e.g. conferences, meetings, with industrial partners, etc;  

  • contributing to teaching through the delivery of lectures, tutorials and laboratories, assessing the relevant students' work as well as setting and marking examinations and coursework;  

  • carrying out general academic administration including student recruitment and admissions, participation on committees and exam boards, taking responsibility for key discipline-specific administration tasks and mentoring students;  

  • designing, preparing and developing teaching materials and actively developing and implementing new teaching methods;  

  • undertaking continuous professional development (CPD) and participating in staff development activities. 

Essential Criteria 

  • PhD in electronic engineering or similar subjects 

  • Track record of research funding 

  • Capability to collaborate across interdisciplinary teams working on wireless technologies for communications and sensors that can bridge various research themes within the ISSS, such as Microwave & Antenna, Telecommunications, Advanced Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Sensing, and Robotics 

  • Evidence of independent strategic vision and the ability to implement it working across a wider group of researchers in the Institute of Sensors Signals and Systems 

  • Evidence of engagement with industry and has background knowledge of the University, the School and the Research Institute 

  • Good, lucid, clear communicator 

  • Good presentation skills 

  • Shows leadership 

  • Explains concepts well 

  • Demonstrates evidence of willingness to be involved in collaborative research 

Desirable Criteria 

  • Track record of internationally high profile and high impact research in an electronics and wireless technology related discipline. 

  • Has high-impact research evidenced by real-world prototypes 

  • Experience of organising or course material and/or lecturing in microwave, wireless technologies and/or electronics 

  • Involvement in student supervision and managing research team  

  • Demonstrated initiative in teaching and research 

How to Apply 

Applications can be submitted up until midnight on 19th February 2023.  

Interested applicants must submit via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system: (1) a cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) a full CV; (3) A summary of their scholarship and teaching plans and ambitions; and (4) a  list of publications.  

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities.  Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all. 

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/ . 

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options. 

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