Space MIMO: advanced signal processing techniques for satellite communications in 6G era

Institute for Communication Systems, space MIMO project

Start date

1 July 2022


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source

Space MIMO project

Funding information

The studentship will cover the international (home) tuition, living expenses, and international conference trip costs.


Applications are invited to apply for a full 3-year PhD Studentship in signal processing techniques for satellite communications. The role will include both theoretical and applied research in the well-equipped 6GIC/ICS at University of Surrey, UK. Future wireless communication networks are expected to provide a much more satisfying service to people by building uninterrupted and ubiquitous connectivity to everyone, everything, and everywhere with ultra-high data rate, extremely high reliability and low latency. Non-terrestrial communications have emerged as a key enabler for seamless connectivity in the upcoming generation networks. However, direct satellite to mobile solutions remain a challenge. This project looks at possible signal processing techniques to improve the link beside studying the orbital optimization factors.

The candidate has the potential to collaborate extensively with both internal and external partners. The projects: 

  • Evolutionary air interface solutions for NTNs
  • Unification of non-terrestrial and terrestrial networks
  • Constellation network optimization
  • High throughput satellites technologies
  • LEO, MEO and GEO satellite networks
  • Technologies for inter-satellite links (ISLs) communications.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have an MSc degree (or equivalent) or close to completing an MSc degree in Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications, Physics, Mathematics or other areas related to RF/Microwave Engineering.

English language requirements 

IELTS minimum 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Information and Communication Systems programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

Information and Communications Systems PhD

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