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Job id: 092347. Salary: £43,205 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 09 July 2024. Closing date: 23 July 2024.

Business unit: Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sci. Department: Engineering.

Contact details: Prof Jaafar Elmirghani / Dr Taisir Elgorashi. Jaafar.elmirghani@kcl.ac.uk / taisir.elgorashi@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

About us

Researchers are invited to apply for a position of a research associate in optical wireless networks at the Department of Engineering, King’s College London.

The research team at King’s has pioneered the development of optical wireless systems (OW) over the past 20 years, where a number of world-first contributions to optical wireless were made leading to data rates that increased as a result from few Mbit/s to multi Gbit/s with full mobility. The research team is supported by facilities including a multi-million pound investment in test-beds for optical communication networks and internet-of-things networks.

About the role

This role offers an exciting opportunity to undertake internationally-leading research in the field of Optical Wireless Communication as part of the EPSRC funded Platform Driving The Ultimate Connectivity (TITAN) project.

TITAN aims to conduct unique and highly transformative research on the interfaces of classic communication network elements to achieve the seamless, open and fully integrated network of networks. TITAN brings together 17 universities that individually lead research in crucial segments of communication networks and engages with industry to translate research into future products and provide crucial input for the development of new policies.

Within TITAN, you will be part of the Optical Wireless Networks Integration lighthouse project. This lighthouse project focuses on optical wireless communication networks across multiple environments and all architectural elements while exploiting the sensing capabilities of optical signals.

With a PhD (or close to completion) in Electronic Engineering, Communications, Networks, or a related area, you will have experience in optical wireless communication and network design and optimisation using mixed integer linear programming (MILP) and reinforcement learning (RL). A good track record of publications is essential and a proven ability to integrate into research teams and contribute to the training of postgraduate students are highly desirable.

This is a full time post (35 hours per week), and you will be offered an a fixed term contract to 31 July 2025 with the likelihood of an extension.

About you

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

1.      A first degree and PhD (or pending results) in Electronic Engineering, Communications, Networks, or a closely allied discipline;

2.      Research experience in optical wireless systems channel modelling, modulation, coding, and interference management;

3.      Research experience in communication network design and optimisation using mixed integer linear programming (MILP) and reinforcement learning (RL).

4.      Good time management and planning skills, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and work effectively under pressure;

5.      A proven track record of peer-reviewed publications in high impact factor journals;

6.      Excellent written and verbal communication skills including presentation skills;

7.      A proven ability to manage competing demands effectively, responsibly and without close support;

8.      A proven ability to work well both individually and in a team;

Desirable criteria

1.     The ability to develop industrial relationships and seek future funding

2.     Experience of assisting PhD/MSc students with their research

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

* Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6. 

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.