Research Studentship in Wireless Communication

3.5-year DPhil studentship, available from October 2018 (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

The project will study new techniques that will enable ultra high-speed communications in beyond-5G networks. Potential areas of focus will include latency reduction; joint transmitter and received design to improve performance; robust code design; energy-efficient modulation design; and low-complexity networking solutions. A theoretical approach to studying these topics will be taken.

The studentship is being jointly undertaken by the University of Oxford (Department of Engineering Science) and Toshiba Research Europe Ltd under the EPSRC Industrial CASE award scheme.

The student will be a member of the Oxford Communications Research Group and will be supervised by Prof Justin Coon. Further information on the group can be found at

Award Value

The studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £16,000 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two years. The studentship also covers the payment of college fees (c £3,000 p.a.).


To be eligible for a full award (stipend plus fees) a student must have:

  • settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay


  • been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)


  • not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

To be eligible for a fees only award:

Students from EU counties other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU, in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science;
  • Experience in wireless communications demonstrated by a publication at an international conference or an international journal;
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills;

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Ability to program in C/C++, Matlab, or Python;


Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to

  • CV
  • Covering Letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil and your research experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees


NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship. Your studentship will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at

Please quote 18ENGIN_JC01 in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Justin Coon ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline: 11 May 2018