Research Associate in the LiFi Research and Development

1. Job Details

Job title: Research Associate in the LiFi Research and Development Centre 
School: School of Engineering 
Unit: Institute for Digital Communications 
Line manager: Professor Harald Haas

2. Job Purpose

This Research Associate position will contribute to the LiFi Research and Development Centre within the Institute for Digital Communications at the University of Edinburgh, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Strathclyde, St Andrews, Cambridge and Oxford.

3. Main Responsibilities

  1. Develop advanced and LiFi-specific system level techniques for LiFi attocellular networks including multiuser access, handover, resource scheduling and interference management. (40% of time)
  2. Test techniques via advanced system level computer simulations and compare with state-of-the-art solutions. (20% of time)
  3. Develop patentable solutions and provide support in the entire patent filing process. (5%)
  4. Integrate networking technique within a software defined networking (SDN) framework provided by collaborators at Bristol University (20% of time)
  5. Implement techniques on FPGA and DSP hardware platforms (15% of time)

4. Planning and Organising

• Work with the line manager to define and plan a program of relevant research work and then to produce publishable results within appropriate timescales 
• Work independently to plan the schedule of tasks to ensure that work of the projects progresses according to agreed overall timetable 
• Organise own time so that different aspects of the project can proceed in parallel giving due consideration to the needs of other members of the team 
• Be proactive in interacting with project partners to share data and ideas 
• Take a leadership role in regular project meetings to report and review progress, and to generate new ideas and lines of research 
• Determine the aims, objectives and deadlines for short to medium term work plan, in discussion with the Line Manager (particularly for medium term planning). 
• Contribute to long-term strategic planning and development of group activities, in discussion with the Line Manager and other researchers.

5. Problem Solving

• Be resourceful in overcoming problems encountered in the development of new approaches and the implementation of existing techniques in the normal course of the research. 
• Define the methodology to solve the problems in the project. 
• Work in close cooperation with the other project investigators, project partners, technical staff, and PhD students working on the project to resolve problems, as required.

6. Decision Making

• The post-holder should be able to organise his/her work schedule to ensure satisfactory progress and to meet the demands (where realistic) of other project partners, PhD students, etc. The successful candidate will play an important role as a member of the team in making daily decisions about their own plan of work and the allocation of time and resources. 
• Manage day-to-day work load, making independent decisions about immediate priorities to meet short and medium term targets that have been agreed with Line Manager.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

Frequent (daily to weekly) contact with other researchers in the project team and relevant research groups including academic staff, other researchers and PhD students.

Regular (weekly to monthly) contact with other researchers working on relevant problems in the University of Edinburgh.

Regular (typically monthly) contact with key stakeholders, likely to include industry.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

• A good undergraduate degree and a PhD in electrical engineering or a clearly related area 
• Proven track record in communications systems modelling and analysis 
• Strong analytical skills and proven ability to deliver high impact research 
• Capable of working collaboratively with researchers from different disciplines or technical background. 
• Strong record of publications in leading IEEE Journals and conferences 
• Previous research in wider optical wireless communication 
• Capable of working independently, exercising a high degree of initiative and demonstrating a pro-active and flexible approach to work. 
• Ability to work under pressure and meet agreed milestones. 
• Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. 
• Good time-keeping and time-management, with associated effective prioritisation of tasks. 
• Good communication skills; oral, writing and presentation of data. 
• Ability to contribute ideas and initiate new ways of working.

• Experience in Xilinx and/or Altera FPGA development tools 
• Understanding of physical layer techniques of visible light communication 
• A PhD in the fields of optical wireless communication, visible light communications or LiFi

9. Dimensions

• Potential to help supervise up to 2 PhD students and 2-4 Masters project students 
• Work collaboratively with other researchers, industrial and academic partners, PhD students from the participating and related groups and researchers from other universities 
• Responsibility for regular progress reporting to project partners 
• Keep line manager up-to-date with progress 
• Contribute to interactions between immediate group and broader communities working in the field of visible light communications

UoE Vacancy Ref: 


Closing Date: 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Contact Name: 

Hannah Brown

Contact Email: 

Contact Telephone: 

+44(0) 131 6 502766