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Research Associate: Exploiting interference for physical layer security in 5G networks [CI-PHY]

Communications and Information Processing Group

We wish to recruit a Research Associate to work on a project investigating physical layer signal processing techniques for Physical Layer Security. The work is a collaboration between UCL, University of Luxembourg, National Instruments, Huawei, British Telecommunications and QinetiQ, and is supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The post holder will work with Dr C. Masouros and Prof. Kai Kit Wong and will be part of the UCL Communications and Information Processing Group.

The research promotes a paradigm shift on security by exploiting interference for Physical Layer Security by: a) Communication theoretical analysis to establish, for the first time ever, the potential benefits from constructive interference exploitation; b) Design of waveforms, artificial noise and jamming to exploit interference and actively improve the desired receivers’ SNR under secrecy constraints, and further improve secrecy by designing the artificial noise to align destructively to the signal at the eavesdropper; c) Robust signal processing approaches for real implementation by taking hardware impairments into account to reduce the hardware requirements for providing secrecy with resource-constrained devices.

The post holder should either have, or currently be in the process of writing up, a PhD in electronic or electrical engineering, or a physical sciences subject (or similar experience demonstrated via publications in international journals / conferences or patents), and a strong (first or upper second class) undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering or Computer Science . A strong track record of participation in R&D activities in some of the following areas would be highly desirable: physical layer wireless communications, multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems, communication theory with finite constellation signalling, PHY security, convex optimization, hybrid beamforming.

The appointment is available from February 2018 for a period of 24 months in the first instance, further funding to support the post may be available.


The post is Grade 7, however if the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant. Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded.

Research Associate: Grade 7 starting salary range £34,635 to £41,864 (inc. London Allowance of £3,031 per annum).

Research Assistant: Grade 6, point 24-26. Salary range £30,316 to £31,967 (inc. London Allowance of £3,031 per annum).

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries to Dr Christos Masouros, quoting the title of the research post in the email subject.

All applications should be submitted via UCL online recruitment system :

Job reference 1685783

You will need to upload the following document with your application:

  • CV (including the names and contact details of at least two referees who may be contacted prior to interview) and an up to date list of publications.


If you experience any problems please contact Vicky Coombes at  quoting reference 1685783

 You can also download a copy of the advert and job description.

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th January 2018.


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