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Research Associate in Embedded Systems for Brain Computer Interface (BCI)

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £41,593 - £49,210
  • REF: ENG01872
  • Closes: 17th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in Embedded Systems for Brain Computer Interface (BCI) position in the EEE Department, Imperial College London.

A critical factor in developing fieldable BCIs is obtaining robust reliable neural signals, and other biosignals, which can provide information about the physical and mental state of the user. The post-holder will have responsibility for developing and publishing electronics/hardware support for BCI based on in-ear sensing of neural function and vital signals, the so-called Hearables type wearable devices. Areas of investigation include the development of miniaturised hardware platform for in-ear sensing of neural signals and vital signs and its integration into smart environments. This will be initially undertaken based on miniaturised discrete components (embedded systems) and eventually based on Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC). An overview of Hearables, and our existing hardware platform can be found at https://www.commsp.ee.ic.ac.uk/~mandic/Hearables_Overview_Sep_2021.pdf This post (funded by the MARVELS grant, US Army Research Office) will work the development of the electronics support for Hearables, with the aim to investigate the use of Hearables for unobtrusive in-ear detection and extraction of robust and useful indicators of the users physical and mental state in challenging real-world environments. For our recent work on Hearables, please visit https://www.commsp.ee.ic.ac.uk/~mandic/research/EEG_BCI_Research.htm

Duties and responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • To plan and carry out research in accordance with the project aims and timeframes.
  • Propose new ways of data acquisition for Hearables and work on robust signal processing algorithms for data conditioning
  • To cooperate with research staff at the Research Laboratories of the Department of Defence (DoD) USA, and the Defence and Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), UK.
  • To act as the representative for Imperial College London in meetings, conference calls and conferences.
  • To present research in conferences, open days and to departmental visitors.
  • To liaise with other members of the team and cooperate with them for the benefit of the project objectives.
  • To develop a sound understanding of ethical and health and safety regulations, and the responsibilities of themselves and their colleagues.
  • To comply with relevant College policies, including Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights and Register of Interests Policies.
  • To undertake any necessary training and/or development.
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by line manager / supervisor.

Essential requirements

Essential requirements include:

  • Practical experience in embedded systems design, and biosignal acquisition devices
  • Knowledge relevant to the design and modelling of biosignal acquisition devices, their interface with various sensors, design of mini-PCBs, experience with microcontrollers
  • Knowledge of the miniaturisation of embedded systems
  • Adept in programming microcontrollers
  • Adept in formulating technical reports using LaTeX and other relevant tools
  • Knowledge of C or any other object-oriented language

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been awarded their PhD will initially be appointed at the Research Assistant level within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

Prospective candidates may contact Prof Danilo Mandic (d.mandic@imperial.ac.uk) for further details.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Vanessa Rodriguez-Gonzalez v.rodriguez-gonzalez@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: erecruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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