Job ID: 150254

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wireless Networking

University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Nov. 24, 2020
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Wireless Networking
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Lowell, MA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Electrical and/or Electronics

Job no: 506736
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Salary: Anticipate salary of $54,000 based on grant
Applications Open: Nov 16 2020
Applications Close:

General Summary of Position:

The Secure & Reliable Networking Research (SNR) Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work under the supervision of Professor Tricia Chigan (

The successful candidate will work on a DOD funded project of Drone-based wireless sensor network for multimodal underground situational awareness, with the focus on the research, design and development of novel solutions for reliable, energy efficient, and real-time mobile mesh network communications in GPS-denied underground environments. The chosen applicant will also be expected to strengthen their professional career through peer-reviewed publications, and presentation of their work at international conferences, and authoring proposals to external funding agencies (e.g. NSF, DOD). This appointment is ideal for individuals seeking professional growth and actively exploring areas of interest in wireless communications and networking.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

The successful applicant should have a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or similar and meet following criteria: (1) Publications in high quality journals; (2) Strong background in network protocols and algorithms, optimization, analytical modeling and simulation; (3) Solid background in wireless networking, optical networking, and software define networking (SDN); (4) Solid background in physical layer signal processing and coding schemes; (5) Considerable experience in design and implementation of machine learning algorithms; (6) Good programming skills; (7) Competency in English (reading, writing, speaking); (8) Ability to work independently and cooperate with a team of researchers; (9) Good critical thinking and mathematical skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Although not a requirement, priority will be given to candidates with proven experience in: (1) Wireless communications and networking design, implementation and prototyping; (2) Wireless technologies such as WiFi, LTE, 5G, Bluetooth, Zigbee, LPWANs, and similar; (3) Cross-layer wireless network design and NS2/NS3 simulations; (4) FPGA/SoC design and development; (4) Sound knowledge of advanced wireless techniques such as MIMO, full-duplex radio and software-defined radio (SDR); (5) Strong background and interest in optimization, and machine learning methods and algorithms over wireless networks; (6) Research proposal writing; (7)1-2 years college teaching experience.

About UMass Lowell:

UMass Lowell is located approximately 25 mile northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, in the city of Lowell. UMass Lowell (UML) has a distinguished reputation in science and engineering, and is committed to educating students for lifelong success while conducting research and outreach activities. UMass Lowell is a nationally ranked research university with more than $60 million in funded research conducted each year. Research happens on many levels of the campus – in academic departments, through 37 interdisciplinary centers and institutes, by graduate and undergraduate students and with corporate sponsorship. Researchers have projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), DOE, ONR, AFOSR, U.S. DOT, Army, National Institute on Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), DoD, Department of Education, many other federal and state agencies, and industry.

Special Instructions for Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates considered after that period.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received. For full consideration, applicants must be received by November 30, 2020.

This position is contingent upon funding. The appointment will start immediately for one year period, with possible extension depending on satisfactory job performance and the availability of funding.

Please include a current curriculum vitae, cover letter and one print of prior scientific publications with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.

  • The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

    The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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