Research Associate in Wireless Communications and Signal Processing

Job summary

The Salary structure is subject to change effective from 1st April 2019, please see full details on our salary structure reform Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Imperial College London. The research is conducted as part of a project on rate-splitting-based robust transmission funded by EPSRC. In the past few years, rate-splitting (RS) has emerged as a powerful...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00700
  • Date posted 13 February 2019
  • Closing date 12 March 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Salary structure is subject to change effective from 1st April 2019, please see full details on our salary structure reform

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Imperial College London. The research is conducted as part of a project on rate-splitting-based robust transmission funded by EPSRC.

In the past few years, rate-splitting (RS) has emerged as a powerful strategy to boost the spectral and energy efficiencies, the reliability and the robustness of multi-user multi-antenna wireless networks over conventional strategies in a wide range of applications and scenarios. This project aims at designing, optimising and demonstrating the suitability and superiority of an RS-based multi-user multi-antenna transmission strategy over conventional approaches currently envisioned in 5G.

Duties and responsibilities

The duties involve carrying out research programmes in rate-splitting-based robust transmission, undertaking project management, collaborating with sponsors and/or supervising multi-disciplinary teams. In addition, the Research Associate will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to attract external research funding.

Essential requirements

The successful applicant should hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in Wireless Communications, Communication Theory and/or Signal Processing for Communications and have a significant publication track record. In addition, you should demonstrate extensive knowledge and experience in several areas among wireless communication theory, communication theory, signal processing, information theory, MIMO signal processing, interference management and optimisation. Past exposure to rate-splitting and link/system-level simulations is desired. Good written and oral communication skills in English are essential.

*Candidates who have not yet been awarded their PhD will initially be appointed at the Research Assistant level within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.*

Further information

Prospective candidates may contact Dr Bruno Clerckx, b.clerckx@imperial.ac.uk, for further details.

For queries related to the application process, please contact Susan Brace, s.brace@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online, please contact recruitment@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to http://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search using reference number ENG00700.

With effect from 1 April 2019, a new Research salary scale will be introduced. Further details can be found at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/human-resources/salaries-terms-and-conditions/reform/

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a strong commitment to conducting internationally competitive and innovative research. Its primary scientific interest is in fundamental research with numerous applications to the environment, healthcare, information and communications technology, industry and energy.


The academic staff of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) have wide-ranging expertise in Circuits and Systems, Communications and Signal Processing, Control and Power, Intelligent Systems and Networks, and Optical and Semiconductor Devices.

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities on our webpages.

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.