UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


3-year PhD Studentship in Signalling and Waveform Design

Duration of study3-year fixed term
Application deadline: 15/04/2024 

Primary SupervisorProfessor Christos Masouros (SMIEEE, MIET)

Project Description: University College London is seeking to appoint one Doctoral Candidate (DC) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network on “Integrated Sensing and communications for future vehicuLAr systems a Network of Doctoral Students” (ISLANDS). The DC will be enrolled on the PhD programme at UCL’s Electronic & Electrical Department and will write their thesis on a topic related to Algorithms for multimodal data-based inference and prediction for climate science applications, supervised by Prof. Christos Masouros at UCL and co-supervised by members of the other academic/industrial teams during the secondments.

Prof. Christos Masouros is currently a Full Professor in the Information and Communications Engineering research group, Dept. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College London. His research interests lie in the field of wireless communications and signal processing with particular focus on Green Communications, Large Scale Antenna Systems, Cognitive Radio, interference mitigation techniques for MIMO and multicarrier communications. He was the recipient of the Best Paper Awards in the IEEE GlobeCom 2015 and IEEE WCNC 2019 conferences, and has been recognised as an Exemplary Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, and as an Exemplary Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Communications. 

Funding: between £35,859 and £47,459 gross per annum at the current rate of exchange. These figures are before employer and employee deductions, including tax, national insurance and pension contributions, subject to the pension choices of the appointee.

The level of salary is also subject to the family status of the appointee as to whether they qualify for a family allowance, as well as whether the employee will make pension contributions. Due to potential future changes in the Euro/Pound Sterling exchange rate over the period of the appointment, where amendments are required, corrective payments will be made.

Salaries are not subject to either cost-of-living adjustments or increment progression and are inclusive of £5,000 annual London Allowance.

Eligibility and application details: all candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this post:

  1. Doctoral Candidates (DC) must not have a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment by the host organisation. A postgraduate Master’s degree (or equivalent) is required at the time of recruitment to enrol in the doctoral program.
  1. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, DCs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Qualifications required

Candidates should have a good Undergraduate degree and a postgraduate Master’s degree (or equivalent) in electronic or electrical engineering, mathematics, electromagnetics, or a physical sciences subject. Excellent mathematical skills and background is essential, as well as a solid background on wireless communications (antennas, propagation, stochastic geometry is a plus).

Applicants should possess excellent written and verbal communication, including presentation skills. They should have excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

Willingness to travel and work across Europe is required.

Understanding, or familiarity with, principles of Radar sensing systems is desirable.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted, to the attention of Professor Christos Masouros according to the following procedure:

Please note that it is essential that the candidate makes a double submission of their application by executing both the above steps 1) and 2).

Each application must include the following material:

  1. A cover letter explaining the motivation for applying for the post.
  2. A CV setting out the educational qualifications as well as any additional scientific achievements and publications.
  3. Evidence of English proficiency – for more details please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/english-language-requirements
  4. Copy of Bachelor’s and Master’s certificates (if available at the time of application).
  5. Copy of Bachelor’s and Master’s transcripts.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from researchers familiar with your academic activities, e.g. the advisor of your Master’s thesis. The referees must e-mail their recommendations directly to becca.thomas@ucl.ac.uk
  7. A short research proposal on the project’s theme (max. 2,000 words)

Informal enquiries regarding this post can be addressed to Prof Christos Masouros at c.masouros@ucl.ac.uk. Please contact Rebecca Thomas at becca.thomas@ucl.ac.uk for enquiries about the application process.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion: Our research is driven forward by talented researchers and PhD students who come from countries and backgrounds across the globe. We therefore strongly encourage applications from underrepresented backgrounds in engineering, such as women, ethnic minorities, or people with disabilities– EEE is a great place for you to study! We will make reasonable adjustments at interview and/or in the position as requested.