Research Fellow

Страна: Великобритания;

Дедлайн: 05.06.2019



This is a 12-month research fellow post for a 3-year EU project entitled "Traceability for electrical measurements at millimetre-wave and terahertz frequencies for communications and electronics technologies". The grant number is 18SIB09 TEMMT. This is a large consortium project under the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR), with 8 internal funded partners and 5 external funded partners. Birmingham is an external funded partner contributing to two of the four technical workpackages. 

The post is recruited to work on developing a metrology grade millimetre-wave power sensor for a waveguide band above 110 GHz. The sensor will be designed, implemented and used by partners in the project as a power transfer standard to establish traceability for end-users. The fabrication of the sensor will be a collaboration 4research project between Birmingham, Chalmers University (Sweden) and Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB, the national metrology institute of Germany). The testing and utilisation of the sensor will further involve national metrology institutes from the UK (NPL) and France (LRN). The work is highly collaborative in the research field.. 

The post will create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of research activities in the EMPIR grant which has a specific list of objectives and these need to be fulfilled by the research fellow. These include: (i) to design the power sensors to specifications; (ii) to coordinate the fabrication of the sensors in collaboration with partners; (iii) to participate in the testing and characterisation of the sensors in collaboration with partners; (iv) to write up research journal and conference papers and to contribute to the technical reports summarising the development and outputs of the work package. 

The collaborative nature of the work requires the research fellow to interact extensively with the project partners and engage with potential end users. This includes presenting results at conferences, project meetings and workshops as well as visiting partners and undertaking work at partners' sites as required. The postholder will analyse and interpret data, contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods, apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding and provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research. 

Person Specification

• First degree in area of engineering or related science 
• Hold, or be close to the completion of, a higher degree relevant to microwave engineering or equivalent qualifications 
• Proven experience in design of passive microwave circuits. 
• Demonstrable knowledge of fabrication technique in relation to millimetre-wave and terahertz devices 
• Demonstrably high level analytical capability 
• Demonstrable ability to communicate complex information clearly 
• Fluency in relevant microwave models, techniques and methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones 
• Demonstrable ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively 
• Ability to contribute to the planning and organising of the research project 
• Ability to decide in consultation with the principal investigator as appropriate what knowledge to draw on and how to apply it to develop new intellectual understanding 
• Experience of giving guidance, support and advice to students on research related work including PhD students and deciding the most appropriate method of providing this supervision. 
• Ability to identify resource requirement and follow through the procurement and/or acquisition of the resource. 
• Experience of liaising with project partners within a consortium