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Internet of Everything (IoE) Group


Research Associate Positions

Several positions exists for Research Associates Positions in the Department of Engineering, to work on molecular communications and nanonetworks under the supervision of Prof. Ozgur Akan.

The post holder will be located in the Electrical Engineering Building in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The post holder(s) will work on the project tasks related to the development of the artificial synapse and design and implementation of bio-inspired and nanoscale communication techniques for IoBNT. The position will focus on the design and implementation of a practical nanoscale communication system, i.e., nanoscale artificial synapse, inspired by nervous communication channels to replace the damaged neurons and communicate two disconnected neurons in the case of spinal cord injury. The system will mimic the chemical communication in biological synapses. The task involves the design, execution and analysis of molecular communication experiments on microfluidic platforms and design and fabrication of nanoscale bio-cyber interfaces enabling electrical-to-chemical and chemical-to-electrical signal transduction. The position will also focus on the design, analysis and implementation of heterogeneous communication techniques, e.g., FRET-based molecular communications, to enable the seamless networks of biological, nanoscale and macroscale entities within the IoBNT framework. The task will cover the development and experimental study of nanoscale optical transceivers based on fluorescent proteins, quantum dots and graphene.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are a doctorate in a relevant area (eg electrical engineering), and:

  • Excellent quantitative skills (e.g., sound grasp of mathematics).
  • Understanding of the communication and information theoretical tools, molecular communications and nanonetworks in particular.
  • Previous experience of communication and information theoretical modelling of molecular communications.
  • Previous experience of computer programming in a scientific research context (e.g., C++ and MATLAB).
  • Previous publications in molecular communications, nanonetworks and/or Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNT).

The successful candidate will have proven expertise in:

  • Information, communication and network theory
  • Signal processing
  • Nanoscale and molecular communications
  • Internet of Bio-Nano Things
  • Nonlinear PDE models
  • Synaptic channel modelling
  • Multi-user molecular communications, molecular MIMO.

The post holder must demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and independently under their on inititiatve, the ability to communicate highly technical material in English in written and verbal form and the ability to develop expertise in additional relevant areas.


If you have any questions about these vacancies please contact Prof. Ozgur Akan

Highly motivated and skilled candidates can directly send their CV to Prof. Ozgur Akan.

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UndergraduateMastersPhD Positions

PhD, master and undergraduate positions are available every year. Highly motivated and skilled students are invited to send their CV to Prof. O. B. Akan

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