Research Software Engineer job with UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

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Institute of Communication Systems

Location: Guilford

Salary: £43,413 to £51,805 per year
Determined time

Post type: Full time

Closing Date: 23:59 BST on Wednesday 07 September 2022

Reference: 054322

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and ambitious people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. We have a bold vision of what we want to achieve – to transform ourselves into one of the best universities in the world.

Our Institute of Communication Systems (ICS) is the largest academic research institute in Europe specializing in all aspects of ICT (Information and Communication Technology). ICS is home to our 5G and 6G Innovation Center, the world’s first center dedicated to researching the end-to-end aspects of 5G and 6G. The Center brings together leading academics and key industry partners in a common vision to help define and develop the 5G/6G infrastructure that will underpin the way we communicate, work and live our daily lives.

We are looking for a research software engineer in digital design for advanced communication systems to join this research center. The successful candidate will have experience in high performance programming targeting signal processing algorithms for high throughput and low latency using C/C++ on x86 architectures and/or nVIDIA GPUs using the CUDA API.

By joining the team, you will be rewarded with a generous salary, an annual salary increase, 32 days of vacation PLUS public holidays, a peak pension of up to 30%, salary sacrifice benefits and rewards, a student discount scheme and flexible working conditions at our beautiful campus in rural Surrey.

The role

The Research Software Engineer will be part of the Wireless Systems Lab group which focuses on advanced signal processing architectures for future communication systems and their efficient realization (i.e. radios. You will work closely with our industrial and academic partners to design, develop and validate effective hardware architectures for current and future communication systems, primarily targeting physical layer functionalities.Demonstrating a high degree of autonomy, you will work to find innovative solutions to complex problems, such as defined by standardization committees and the Wireless Systems Lab group.

About you

The named research software engineer must have at least one of the following:

  • Recent experience in the development of complex signal processing algorithms and algorithmic architectures.
  • Good understanding of signal processing for wireless communication systems.
  • A general working knowledge of cellular networks (eg: LTE, 5GNR).

It would also be desirable but not essential that you have:

  • Experience designing and developing physical layer digital signal processing algorithms targeting high throughput and low latency on Xilinx FPGAs using RTL and/or HLS (e.g. using Xilinx System Generator for DSP).
  • Experience with a high-speed FPGA protocol, for example, PCIe or 10GE.
  • Previous experience with wireless research platforms (eg Open Air Interface with USRP).

How to register

Please upload your CV and cover letter with your application.

For all informal enquiries, please contact Dr Konstantinos Nikitopoulos ([email protected])

This is a fixed term contract of up to 15 months.

More details: job description

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In return, we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where needed, flexible work options including job sharing and mixed home/campus workplaces (depending on job duties), access to world-class on-campus leisure facilities, a range of travel programs, and support services family benefits, including excellent on-site daycare.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that provides equal opportunities for all. We value diversity highly and seek to increase diversity within our community. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups, such as people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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