Research Assistant (Synthetic Aperture Radar Instrumentation)

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Al Ain, UAE

Ref: RP749-1412

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Research Assistant (Synthetic Aperture Radar Instrumentation)

Job Description

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the United Arab Emirates University is seeking a research assistant (i.e. PhD graduate student) on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Instrumentation to support future UAE Constellation of X-band SAR Satellites. The position involves strong interaction with the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC).

The research assistant should be knowledgeable in the areas of Remote Sensing, Signal Processing, Microwave Circuits, Antennas, and Software Defined Radios (SDRs), with interests in developing instrumentation, and should be able to conduct independent research on these topics.

The goal is to develop a Ground-Based SAR (GB-SAR), that could be scaled in a future to a UAV, or a drone, and develop the knowledge basis to design space-borne sensors. The instrument should be built at X-band (8-12 GHz), and mimic as much as possible the future SAR instruments such as the SIRB mission announced by the UAE. Other lower frequencies can be considered based on their potential for sub-surface sensing etc. The processing chain of this GB-SAR will benefit from the developments conducted in a parallel PhD Thesis. The SDR developments will be developed in collaboration with a parallel PhD Thesis on GNSS.


Minimum Qualification
- MSc. in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or a relevant field (e.g. Electronics, Telecommunications Engineering)
- Knowledge on Remote Sensing, Signal Processing, Microwaves, Antennas, and SDRs.
- Ability to develop RF systems, design microwave circuits from scratch, assemble subsystems, design or specify antennas, program SDRs
- Ability to test and validate the individual subsystems, and to integrate them at system level
- Write technical documentation.
- Good technical writing and oral skills in native language, and English.
- Flexible, motivated, collaborative, and willing to work in a team.

Preferred Qualification
- Experience in RF lab instrumentation and testing.
- Experience in hardware projects development.
- Ability to work with junior students and mentor them.

About the Company

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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Research Assistant salaries in UAE

Average monthly compensation
AED 7,000

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