Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Info & Telecom Tech Center

Position Overview

The Information and Telecommunication Technology Center (ITTC) at the University of Kansas is currently accepting applications for a full-time postdoctoral researcher. The preferred start date will be between 11/01/2021 – 12/31/2021. The Postdoctoral Researcher will join a project developing distributed spectrum sensing, source compression, data fusion, and spectrum intelligence.

Applications for postdoctoral researchers will be reviewed for consideration for a one-year research position (with possible extension based on performance and availability of funding). The specific nature of the planned research projects is proprietary, but may involve one or more of the following topical areas:

  • Statistical signal processing
  • Wireless communication & networking. 
  • Non-linear optimization
  • Narrowband/wideband array signal processing
  • Distributed spectrum sensing
  • Compression and vector quantization
  • Data fusion
  • Time series analysis and machine learning.

Ideal candidates will have in-depth expertise in one or more of these areas, and will be able to effectively collaborate with team members working in the other topical areas.

This position is contingent upon funding and has an initial 1-year limited term with the possibility of renewal.

Job Description

60% - Perform research on random vector quantization, source compression, distributed spectrum sensing, spectrum scenario fusion and learning, and testbed implementation.
20% - Develop technical reports, grant applications, and publications regarding research outcomes.
20% - Participate in group discussions, present research progress, meet with collaborators, and mentor graduate students.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related field, in a scientific computing area. 
  • Research experience in two or more of the following areas: array signal processing, statistical inference, source compression and vector quantization, distributed sensing, data fusion, networking, non-linear optimization, and Software Defined Radio (SDR) implementation.  
  • A minimum of two years of experience programming in MATLAB, C, C++, or Python.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  • NOTE: To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD conferred at the time of hire. Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an interim basis not to exceed 6-months. Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience implementing algorithms on SDR platforms.
  • Experience evaluating networks using NS-3.
  • Interdisciplinary research experience.
  • Experience communicating technical ideas with researchers in other disciplines.
  • A record of research accomplishment as reflected in publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Publications or other evidence of scholarly achievement
  • Evidence of existing scientific collaborations

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Taejoon Kim,

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes online application form, curriculum vitae, cover letter, up to two representative research publications and/or preprints, and the names and contact information of three references (one should be the candidate’s Ph.D. advisor).  If there is interest in your application, you may be asked to provide two letters of recommendation.

    • Deadline/Review Date: Initial review will begin September 27, 2021. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing, continuous basis.
    • A preferred start date between 11/01/2021 – 12/31/2021.

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    Primary Campus

    University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    8-5 M-F; 40 hrs/wk

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term

    Work Location Assignment



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