Postdoctoral Researcher (Wireless Communication Systems for Smart Agriculture)

Reference Number 026124

Job Description

Job Title   Postdoctoral Researcher (Wireless Communication Systems for Smart Agriculture)          
Competition Ref:     026124
Department:      ENL, Walton Institute 
Location:   Carriganore, Waterford
Salary:   €35,922 – €38,631 p.a.

  (TSSG Salary Band D)

Duration:   24 months
   Commencement Date:   Immediately
             Closing Date:                 16.00 on Wednesday 25th August 2021



The Walton Institute (formerly TSSG) in WIT is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on an SFI funded Vistamilk project. Eligible applicants will have a PhD degree in wireless communication systems, focusing in particular on physical and link layer protocols and will have expertise in information and communication theory, wireless communications and energy transfer.


If you are interested in working in a unique research organisation within the higher education sector, the Walton Institute offers a culture that promotes autonomy and the pursuit of individual interests and ideas. We’re excited about opportunities that will create new technologies, advance existing ones and actively support the commercialisation of these technologies. This provides you with the opportunity to explore your own creativity and work on cutting edge technologies across a variety of challenging projects, engaging and collaborating with like-minded people. The Walton Institute offers flexibility in a great working environment for those looking to embark on a challenge.

Person Specification

Academic Qualifications


  • PhD in Computer Science, Wireless Networking, or Computer Engineering



  • A PhD degree in wireless communication systems, with a theoretical focus


  • Expertise in emerging wireless communication systems (e.g., mm-wave and terahertz communication for 5G/6G systems)
  • Use of meta-materials and intelligent reflecting surfaces for future wireless systems
  • Use of control theory to design managed systems
  • Antenna and waveguide design

Specific Knowledge and Skills


  • Information and Communication theory
  • Wireless Communication and energy transfer.


  • Simulation and modeling of communication networks and the services placed on them.
  • Knowledge of low energy networking principles, including back-scattered communications, energy harvesting and wireless energy transfer.
  • Machine learning and optimisation, for application to use cases requiring communications, sensing, actuation and control
  • Proven track record of research publications in IEEE journals and conference proceedings.

Specific Personal Qualities


  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic about position
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Good Leadership
  • Good working knowledge of English language


  • Excellent attention to detail and methodical approach to problem solving
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to contribute to proposal development
  • Flexibility



  • Apply research to challenges requiring wireless communication engineering for low-powered devices near the network edge
  • Perform basic research in line with the objectives and work plan of funded research projects, under direction from the project Principal Investigator(s).
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a simulation platform for wireless communication systems.
  • Disseminate research results via publications in scientific conferences and journals.
  • Participate in the supervisory teams of postgraduate research students.
  • Work with the project Principal Investigator(s) and the WIT Technology Transfer Office to protect and exploit developed intellectual property.
  • Contribute to the development of research funding proposals, in line with the objectives of the Research Unit
  • Contribute to internal research dissemination, knowledge sharing and training activities.
  • Perform other tasks as set by the ENL Research Unit Manager in order to progress the development of the Unit.
  • Carry out other such duties as determined and directed by the Director(s) of Walton Institute that contribute to the achievement of the strategic initiatives of the organisation.


Application Procedure

Applicants must submit a CV and Covering Letter via email.  Any documents in excess of this requirement will be deleted. Please mark the application clearly with the appropriate reference number. Please address to Mr Ian Bright, The Human Resource Office, E-mail: (only). Please note that hard copy will not be accepted.

At a minimum candidates must demonstrate in their application that they possess all of the essential elements applicable in the person specification. The Institute will then decide to interview only those applicants who appear from the information available, to be the most suitable, in terms of experience, qualifications and other requirements of the post. Please note applications will be acknowledged within five working days of the competition closing. Candidates should keep a hard copy of the advert for their file as this will be needed for review should their application progress.