Research Engineer (Research Fellow) in Sound Sensing

University of Surrey

Guildford, UK

Contract Type
Fixed Term Full Time

£33,309 to £40,927 per annum

Closing Date
8 August 2022

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Applications are invited for a Research Engineer (Research Fellow) in Sound Sensing, to work full-time for six months on an EPSRC-funded Fellowship project “AI for Sound” (, to start September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The aim of the project is to undertake research in computational analysis of everyday sounds, in the context of a set of real-world use cases in assisted living in the home, smart buildings, smart cities, and the creative sector.

The postholder will be responsible for designing and building the hardware and software to be developed in the fellowship, including sound sensor systems, open-source software libraries and datasets to be released from the project.

The postholder will be based in the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) and work under the direction of PI (EPSRC Fellow) Prof Mark Plumbley.

The successful applicant is expected to have a postgraduate qualification in electronic engineering, computer science or a related subject, or equivalent professional experience; experience in software and hardware development relevant to signal processing or sensor devices, and experience in software development in topics such as audio signal processing, machine learning, deep learning, and/or sensor systems.  Experience in development and deployment of hardware sensors, Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, or audio systems; and programming experience using Python, C++, MATLAB, or other tools for signal processing, machine learning or deep learning is desirable. Direct research experience, or experience of hardware or software development while working closely with researchers, is also desirable.

CVSSP is an International Centre of Excellence for research in Audio-Visual Machine Perception, with 180 researchers, a grant portfolio of £26M (£17.5M EPSRC), and a turnover of £7M/annum. The Centre has state-of-the-art acoustic capture and analysis facilities and a Visual Media Lab with video and audio capture facilities supporting research in real-time video and audio processing and visualisation. CVSSP has a compute facility with 120 GPUs for deep learning and >1PB of high-speed secure storage.

The University is located in Guildford, a picturesque market town with excellent schools and amenities, and set in the beautiful Surrey Hills, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  London is just 35 minutes away by train, while both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are readily accessible.

At Surrey, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equitable opportunities for all, in the pursuit of Surrey’s vision to be a leading global University. We work together to create a truly inclusive culture. We place great value on diversity and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We are seeking to increase the diversity within our community and would particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as women, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

For informal inquiries about the position, please contact Prof Mark Plumbley (