Research Fellow in the School of Engineering
University of Birmingham School of Engineering
United Kingdom

Position Details

School of Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

Grade 7

FTC – up to 12 months

Closing date: 13 August 2019



Job Summary

This post is part of an EPSRC funded project in the Communication and Sensing research group at Birmingham within the department of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, addressing different aspects of antenna and metamaterial technologies, materials properties, fabrication procedures and systems integration. This project aims to develop new paradigms of RF/Microwave multi-layer tunable metamaterials that will enable the development of novel multi-functional antennas for applications such as IoT wireless sensors and air/automotive vehicles.

The role's purpose is to create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within the EPSRC funded "MULTIMET" project. The postholder will work within the MULTIMET research grant to develop mathematical analysis models for simulating complex metamaterials/metasurfaces for antenna applications. They will develop new designs or modify existing designs of antennas and periodic surfaces/metasurfaces and set up a Microwave / mm-wave measurement system and perform antenna testing. They will also analyse and interpret research findings and results.

The overall aim of this cutting edge project is to lay the fundamental scientific foundations and develop new metamaterials-based antenna technologies for future communication and sensing systems from RF to lower millimetre-wave bands. This will require undertaking theoretical and applied research, involving experimental studies, simulation and modelling. The research aims to determine suitable antenna designs and material technologies for a range of operating bands within the RF/Microwave spectrum, based on cost effective fabrication processes, which will lead to prototype demonstrators and testing in representative communication systems.

The Research Fellow will work closely with another part-time Research Fellow at Birmingham focusing on micro-fabrication processes that will allow the implementation of some of the antennas. In addition, the post also requires close liaison with prestigious industrial partners for integration of the research results and prototypes with existing state of the art antenna technologies.


Main Duties
Contribute to development of detailed research objectives and plans for experimental and theoretical work in the project.
Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
Develop analysis techniques, models and designs of antennas and metasurfaces at RF/Microwave and mm-wave bands.
Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
Undertake management/administration arising from research
Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
Collect research data through scientific experimentation and literature reviews.
Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required
First degree in electronic engineering or physical science and a higher degree relevant to the research area, or equivalent qualifications
Hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD degree in electronic engineering or physical sciences
Previous experience of conducting research in mathematical models for analysis of metamaterials, antenna design, microwave engineering and computational electromagnetics is highly desirable.
A mixture of theoretical, experimental and computational skills, as well as mm-wave related expertise is highly desirable.
Demonstrable high level analytical capability
Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information clearly
Evidenced fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
Demonstrable ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/ administration processes
Informal enquiries to Dr Alexandros Feresidis, or phone 0121 414 2209


Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Work Locations Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering Engineering North Campus, Pritchatts Rd The University of BirminghamEdgbaston Birmingham B15 2SA
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Engineering
Schedule Temporary
Job Posting 15.07.2019, 4:00:00 AM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Salary (Pay Basis) 30,395.00
Maximum Salary 42,036.00

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