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Software defined radio and platforms based on operation optimisation and intelligent decision making

Software defined radio and platforms based on operation optimisation and intelligent decision making

Closing date: Ongoing

Start date: January 2024

Annual stipend: £20,622

The capability to sense a wide spectrum, observing its behaviour and adapting to ever changing environment requirement is becoming a necessity in defence and next generation EM and Wireless Communication solutions. This plays a major part in the Observe, Orient, Decide and Act (OODT) loop that is a priority in various domains from theory through simulation to practical implementation. There are various enablers to software-defined radios including reconfigurable antennas, adaptive RF and Microwave components and device, highly sensitive wideband radiators capable of sensing close to the noise floor and identifying the wanted signal from interferers or attackers through advanced signal processing in limited data sources such as compressive sensing.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing software-defined radio solutions for wideband sensing of the EM environment. This will involve designing and configuring various SDR solutions to detect signals from multiple targets within the EM domain, and to interpret useful information from those signals (i.e who/what they are, what they are doing, where they are located). This project will cover aspects of Software Defined Radio, Data Analysis, Machine Learning, RF Engineering and Antenna Design and anyone with expertise and interest in these areas is encouraged to apply. 

The position starts in January 2024 and is fully funded by Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) for a period of three years. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers in the field and to present their work at international conferences and publish in high impact journals. Furthermore, there will be opportunity to attend summer schools and Continuing Professional Development courses. The EME Hub is a consortium of five leading UK universities, and so the candidate will be joining a vibrant research community

For more information, contact Dr Henry Giddens:

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