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Research Associate – Underwater Acoustic Sensing and Communication

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406.00 - £40,927.00 per annum
  • REF: 13906
  • Closes: 02nd December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £31,406.00 – £40,927.00 per annum

Closing Date: 2nd December 2021

The Role

A Research Associate is required to work on projects developing novel electronic devices and algorithms for underwater acoustic sensing and communications as part of the EPSRC funded project Cooperative Underwater Surveillance Network (COUSIN). Youwill work within a consortium of UK academic partners to design, construct and test hardware for large scale subsea deployment. Youwill also take an active role in field trials, the analysis of data and publication of results.

You will be educated to PhD level in electronic engineering or equivalent with experience in underwater acoustic signal processing, embedded software, analog/digital circuit design and sensor interfacing. Experience in practical implementation of sensing, signal processing/control systems and outdoor/marine field work is highly desirable as the project aims to develop technology to a high technology readiness level (TRL) for demonstration in hostile marine environments. The appointment level with be commensurate with relevant experience and postgraduate qualifications e.g. PhD.

This is a full time, fixed term appointment of 24 months or until 11/04/2024, whichever is soonest.

Informal enquiries: Please contact Jeff Neashamjeff.neasham@ncl.ac.uk

More information:https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/research/eee/isc/

Key Accountabilities

1. Design of analog and digital circuitry.
2. Development of digital signal processing algorithms.
3. Embedded software development for microprocessors.
4. Prototype construction and laboratory testing.
5. Planning and execution of field experiments.
6. Liaison with academic and industrial project partners.
7. Dissemination of research through international conferences and journals.

The Person



  • 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in electronic engineering or equivalent.
  • PhD in a related field or equivalent research experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Analog/digital circuit design and sensor interfacing.
  • Embedded software development for microprocessors.
  • Hardware implementation of digital signal processing or control algorithms.


  • Low power circuit design.
  • Preparation of academic publications.
  • Experience of marine field work.
  • Collaboration with industrial partners on product development.
  • Working on research and development projects, managing deliverables and budgets.
  • Development, implementation and testing of DSP algorithms.
  • Printed circuit design, manufacture and testing.
  • Knowledge of acoustic/ultrasonic systems and signal processing.
  • Knowledge of communication system design.

Attributes and Behaviour


  • Excellent communication skills and teamworking.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

Requisition ID: 13906

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