Job as Associate Professor in Communication Systems of the Future with BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY

Associate Professor in Communication Systems of the Future

School of Computing and Digital Technology

Location: Downtown Campus (Millennium Point)
Salary: £56,756 to £61,690 per year
Published on: Thursday 08 September 2022
Closing date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Reference: 092022-543

Situated on a modern £300 million campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is a thriving, dynamic and inspiring learning community, committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and a powerful industrial commitment. Building on the continued success of student growth and the sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on an extensive program of expansion funded by substantial long-term investment. This has led to state-of-the-art facilities for students, staff and researchers, the latest of which is the £60 million STEAM house, the new home of our Networks and Cyber ​​Security (NCS) department and of the Cybernetic Physical Systems Research Group. (CPSRG).

An Associate Professor position in Future Communication Systems is available to work in the NCS and CPSRG department within the School of Computing and Digital Technology. The role should provide research and academic leadership in one or more of the following areas: open radio access networks, MIMO antenna systems, cellless cellular architecture, physical layer security, machine learning techniques for systems wireless and wired, reconfigurable smart surfaces, low-power communications and mobility management. In addition to basic communication expertise, we welcome candidates with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research in the fields of health, smart city, transportation networks or industrial manufacturing, with elements of communication .

Applicants should be qualified at the doctoral level and have a track record of research leadership and extensive research experience in their own technical fields. Additionally, candidates will be expected to be able to demonstrate the ability to engage critically with a range of complex systems; engage in design thinking and brainstorming activities; meeting deadlines and leading and working within interdisciplinary teams of researchers and scholars.


The main duties and responsibilities follow the standard expectations of an associate professor role at the university.

Specific to this position, the incumbent will focus on the following activities:

  • Use appropriate learning, teaching, support and assessment methods.
  • Adapt and develop educational materials around future communication systems for BSc and MSc levels.
  • Teach as a member of the Networks and Cybersecurity Department in a variety of settings ranging from small group tutorials to large conferences.
  • Ensure that the design and delivery of modules comply with quality standards and University regulations.
  • Supervise undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research projects (if applicable).
  • Engage in scholarships as needed to support teaching activities and continually update knowledge.
  • Lead research, design and development work in major areas of communication systems
  • Plan and lead tenders for research funding
  • Lead and develop new research facilities and/or capabilities, to complement those of existing laboratories and enable analysis, modelling, design and testing in their area of ​​research
  • Lead and participate in collaborative research activities inside and outside the university
  • Plan, organize and participate in project workshops, seminars, dissemination and outreach events
  • Coordinate the delivery of high quality reports for funding agencies
  • Contribute in a leadership capacity to department/school research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Supervision of doctoral positions planned to support the candidate’s research
  • Any other duties appropriate to the position as directed by the supervisor



  • Hold a doctorate in telecommunications, networks or a related technical field.
  • Have a strong track record in leading research teams and groups and supervising research
  • A strong foundation in wireless and wired communications (including computer networking, machine learning, or optimization)
  • A proven track record in attracting and securing research funding and partnerships in your area of ​​practice.
  • Excellent publication record in peer-reviewed journals or conferences, demonstrating recognized authority in the relevant discipline
  • Applicants should have a proven record of excellent teaching in higher education or have presented regularly to technical audiences.
  • Track record of successful networking and community management


  • Experience in advanced technologies such as Open-RAN, MIMO, mmWave and reconfigurable smart surfaces, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Networked Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • Knowledge of 5G, network management principles and network slicing
  • The ambition and ability to quickly learn and adapt to new areas of research beyond your current skills and expertise
  • Previous work experience in a leadership capacity within externally funded research projects
  • Relevant industrial experience
  • Established relationships with UK and international collaborations
  • Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences
  • Interest in disciplines complementary to future communication systems.

More details:
Job Description – Associate Professor
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