Research Associate in Li-Fi Cellular Communications

We are looking for a highly qualified researcher who has experience in Li-Fi networking research, a high degree of creativity, considerable network level simulator programming skills, excellent communication and collaboration skills, and team spirit. The candidate should also have a strong appetite to develop and implement the new algorithms on existing experimental infrastructure platforms. This role will report to Prof Haas, and candidates may also have the opportunity to be a part of an engineering team in the LRDC that is translating technology readiness level 3 (TRL3) research into TRL6 reference platforms. 

The candidate will work closely with other development engineers, researchers and senior academics at the Li-Fi Research and Development Centre, and also with our external partners.

You should have a PhD degree in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or Engineering/Physics and have at least 3 years research experience in visible light communication and Li-Fi. You must have relevant programming experience, in particular in C/C++ and Matlab, and preferably in Zemax. The ability to work closely with digital hardware engineers to design, implement and validate complete systems is also essential.

Candidates invited for interview will be informed no later than two working weeks after the close of applications.

Informal Enquiries to: Prof Harald Haas

This post is full time and fixed term for 24 months. The post is available from October 2016.

Salary: £31,656 - £37,768 per annum

Closing Date: Thursday 13th October 2016 at 5pm (GMT)

1. Job Details

Job title: Research Associate in Li-Fi Cellular Communications

School/Support Department: School of Engineering

Unit: Li-Fi Research and Development Centre

Line manager: Professor Harald Haas

2. Job Purpose

To fully understand and optimise LiFi attocell networks given certain metrics such as system data rate, user data rate, delay and quality of service (QoS). This will require the development of new multiuser access techniques, networked MIMO techniques, handover techniques, load balancing techniques and the development of design guidelines for lighting systems that at the same time act as LiFi attocell networks

3. Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

1. Conducting independent research in Li-Fi attocell networks (60%)

2. Documenting patentable ideas and supporting the LRDC patent generation processes (10%)

3 Presenting research findings at conference and workshops (5%)

4. Co-supervision of PhD and Master students in supporting Li-Fi attocell networking research (10%)

5. Prepare technical reports and technical presentations for project meetings. (5%)

6. Attend and participate in weekly and monthly Research Group and Project meetings. (5%)

7. Support grant applications and proposals for new research projects (5%)

4. Planning and Organising

•    Take responsibility for co-ordinating their work within the framework defined by the research projects.
•    Organise their own work and time in order to meet the deadlines and milestones as defined within the research programme agreed with Professor Haas.
•    Support the reporting of progress via reports, technical updates and any other means defined by Professor Haas.
•    Support the organisation of, and participate in, conference calls and workshops as appropriate.

5. Problem Solving

The problems to be dealt with are primarily theoretical and require a solid theoretical background in communication systems engineering. The post holder, however, will supply the detailed expertise for delivering an implementation solution. They will be expected to achieve this both through self-direction and with instruction by and advice from Professor Haas and other academic, senior research and development staff.

6. Decision Making

The post holder will determine the specific techniques and approaches to be used in the course of the research, in agreement with Professor Haas. Success in this role will warrant increasing levels of decision making authority and leadership.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships 

The Research Associate will
•    Collaborate closely with the Li-Fi Centre R&D team members, and with active academic members of the Li-Fi Centre.
•    Interact with researchers of the external collaborators.
•    Interact with other Engineers, Researchers and PhD students working on related projects within the Li-Fi Centre and Institutes at the School of Engineering and other Schools of the University.
•    Interact with Edinburgh Research and Innovation staff.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job



•    Hold a PhD degree or be about to obtain a PhD in Electronic Engineering.



•    At least three years of research experience in visible light communication and Li-Fi
•    Demonstrated expertise in programming with Matlab, C or C++. 
•    Demonstrated publication in leading journals 
•    Demonstrated working in a team
•    Demonstrated involvement in patenting novel ideas stemming from research


•    Additional programming experience in LabView.
•    Experience with high performance DSP implementation
•    Experience in programming wireless devices such as 802.11, 802.15.4, LTE, Zigbee.
•    Experience in programming Ethernet Devices

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


•    Demonstrated excellent scientific writing skills.


•    Research project management skills in optical wireless communications 
•    Leading research grant proposals

Personal Attributes 


•    Ability to carry out independent research.
•    Excellent written and oral presentation skills in English.
•    Ability to work in a team, and good communication and interpersonal skills.

9. Dimensions

There are no line management responsibilities associated with this post.

10. Job Context and any other relevant information

Li-Fi Research and Development Centre

The Li-Fi Research and Development Centre, led by Professor Harald Haas, the inventor of LiFi. The Centre is dedicated to accelerating the development of Li-Fi as a major global industry, through creating a pipeline for innovative ideas, technologies, products and partnerships.

The Li-Fi Research and Development Centre (LRDC) is the world leader of light-based communications. With our vision, research and development, strategic partnerships and new company formation, we are at the core of an ecosystem that will extend and revolutionise wireless communications using light. At the LiFi R&D Center we are developing core technology in LiFi and applying this into commercial reference platforms and products for multiple wireless light communications, or LiFi, solutions spanning Smart City, Internet of Things, Aerospace, Network Infrastructure and more. The LRDC is working with multiple is working with multiple academic partners in important ESPRC programs such as INITIATE, TOUCAN and UP-VLC.
The Li-Fi Research and Development Centre conducts internationally leading research. It aims to accelerate society’s adoption of Li-Fi and the emerging wireless technology through engagement with major industrial partners, to fully harness the commercial and innovative potential of Li-Fi, and to help establish a major new $100 billion Li-Fi industry by 2024.
By facilitating collaboration between industry, internationally renowned experts from the University of Edinburgh and other key research institutes around the world, the Centre is taking the emerging Li-Fi technologies forward into mainstream applications that will soon begin to impact on many aspects of the modern world. The Centre, with its partners and collaborators, will foster the widespread market adoption of Li-Fi technologies.

The Centre continues to drive all aspects of Li-Fi communication from novel devices, through to the integration of Li-Fi access points in agile heterogeneous 5G and 6G networks enabled by emerging software defined networking (SDN) infrastructures.

Application Procedure 

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments. 

You will be notified by email if you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The closing date is Thursday 13th October 2016 at 5pm (GMT).

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK). 

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview. 

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, it may be possible for the University of Edinburgh to sponsor you to obtain a Tier 2 (General) visa to enable you to take up the appointment should you be successful at interview.

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. 

The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).

You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). 

Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria

Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI website.

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme. 

For further information please visit our pensions website.


The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £31,656 to £37,768 per annum for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. 

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

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Closing Date: 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Contact Name: 

Prof. Harald Haas

Contact Email: 

Contact Telephone: 

+44 (0) 1316505591