Masters/PhD Scholarship at National University of Ireland

National University of Ireland
Institute of Microelectronics and Wireless Systems
  • Masters/PhD Scholarship in Software Defined Radio Systems
  • Masters/PhD studentship in the area of Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radio
  • Masters/PhD studentship in the area of Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radio and
  • Postdoctoral Scholarship in the area of reconfigurable radio systems

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Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Reconfigurable Radio Systems

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in the general area of software defined radio and reconfigurable platforms. This area of research, led by Dr. Ronan Farrell, as part of substantial ongoing activities in the Institute of Microelectronics and Wireless Systems and is part of a larger collaborative research programme within the SFI Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR).

The Institute has developed a number of reconfigurable radio platforms, using both direct and FPGA based systems to demonstrate flexible reconfigurable radios, similar to the software radio platform from the GNU radio and the USRP by Mark Ettus. This system offers superior performance and is one of the first such systems available outside of the United States. The available position is for someone to take advantage of this platform and help advance a research programme in the broad area of reconfigurable radio being cognisant of the technical challenges arising from the physical layer technologies.

The ideal candidate should be passionate about the area of software defined radio and to have demonstrated a proactive and creative approach to their work. It will also be important for the person to be comfortable working within a team and with a larger network of collaborators. From a technical perspective, the ideal candidate should be confident at the system level in wireless communications and be confident in the underlying components needed (such as mixers, amplifiers, etc). The candidate should also ideally be willing to participate in the development of the next generation of software radio platforms and their applications.

The position is for an initial 12 months and upon review may be extended for up to 5 years. The available salary ranges from appoximately (Euro) 33,900 to 54,774 depending on experience, with a 20% pension contribution. The position is immediately available. Both EU and non-EU candidates are welcome to apply. National University of Ireland, Maynooth is an equal opportunities employer.

Masters/PhD Scholarship in Software Defined Radio Systems

Applications are invited for a Masters/PhD studentship in the area of interoperability of software defined radio systems. This area of research, led by Dr. Ronan Farrell, as part of substantial ongoing activities in the Institute of Microelectronics and Wireless Systems in the area of reconfigurable radio systems. This project is part of a larger collaborative research programme within the SFI Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR).

As the number of reconfigurable radio platforms increase, both hardware and software components, it is increasingly difficult to ascertain the relative performance of these systems and the level of interoperability between the different hardware and software elements. Existing solutions in this space are overwhelmingly complex. The research will focus on tools and techniques to assess the performance of measure and accurately quantify the capabilities of the various platforms currently available, and then to propose a low-cost interface for encouraging interoperability between hardware and software platforms.

Candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or a cognate discipline. Interest, and preferably experience, in the area of software engineering, telecommunications and electronics systems is essential.

Successful candidates will join a large multi-disciplinary team and be initially enrolled on a full-time Masters of Engineering Science, with a review after 18 months for progression to a PhD programme.

The studentship will comprise of fees and an annual stipend of 17,000 Euros. It will be initially awarded for a period of 18 months years, extendable upon satisfactory review to a subsequent 18 months.

Masters/PhD studentship in the area of Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radio

Applications are invited for a Masters/PhD studentship in the area of spectrum sensing and cognition for dynamic spectrum applcations This area of research, led by Dr. Ronan Farrell, as part of substantial ongoing activities in the Institute of Microelectronics and Wireless Systems in the area of reconfigurable radio systems. This project is part of a larger collaborative research programme within the SFI Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR).

One of the key challenges in dynamic spectrum access is the need to know what spectrum is currently available. In this project we will investigate circuit designs and architectures that could provide this information to the network, thereby enabling intelligent use of the spectrum. This will develop upon existing techniques used in detect-and-avoid opportunistic communication schemes.

Candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Electronic Engineering or related discipline. As a large element of this project will be focussed on circuit design with emphasis on practical implementation, the ideal candidate should have an interest in novel electronic circuits and in developing working prototypes.

Successful candidates will join a large multi-disciplinary team and be initially enrolled on a full-time Masters of Engineering Science, with a review after 18 months for progression to a PhD programme.

The studentship will comprise of fees and an annual stipend of 17,000 Euros. It will be initially awarded for a period of 18 months years, extendable upon satisfactory review to a subsequent 18 months.

Masters Scholarship in the area of MIMO and Tower Top Technologies

Applications are invited for a Masters studentship in the area of MIMO technologies for mobile communications. Led by Dr. Ronan Farrell, and as part of a larger collaborative research programme within the SFI Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR), this project will result in close interaction with Bell Labs Ireland and a number of collaborating researchers.

The institute has a number of maturing research programmes which together can contribute towards true tower-top systems. In this project we would like to bring together in a single testbed our developments in the area of programmable platforms, array calibration schemes and digital power amplifiers to construct a MIMO system for evaluation of these technologies.

Interested candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Electronic Engineering or related discipline. As a large element of this project will be focussed on circuit design with emphasis on practical implementation, the ideal candidate should have an interest in novel electronic circuits and in developing working prototypes.

Successful candidates will join a large multi-disciplinary team and be enrolled on a full-time Masters of Engineering Science.

The studentship will comprise of fees and an annual stipend of 17,000 Euros. It will be initially awarded for a period of 18 months years.

For all queries please contact
Dr. Ronan Farrell
rfarrell@eeng.nuim.ie
+353-1-7086197

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