Dr Jossy Sayir

MSc (ETH Zürich), PhD (ETH Zürich)

Associate Lecturer, Director of Studies

College Roles

  • Associate Lecturer in Engineering
  • Director of Studies in Engineering (Part IIB)

University Roles

  • Associate Teaching Professor (Grade 10)
  • Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies at Robinson College


Telephone: 01223 332709

Telephone: 01223 339169

Email: jossy.sayir@eng.cam.ac.uk


I received my MSc in 1991 and PhD in 1999, both from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland (ETHZ). From 1991 until 1993, I worked as a development engineer for Motorola Communications in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the design and quality assurance of a digital mobile radio system. From 1993 until 1999, I worked as a research and teaching assistant under the supervision of Prof. James L. Massey while writing my dissertation “On Coding by Probability Transformation”. From 2000 until 2009, I was a senior researcher at the Telecommunications Research Center in Vienna, Austria (ftw.) and managed part of the centre’s strategic research activities from 2002 until 2008. Since June 2009, I have been with the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge on an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship that lasted until November 2011. In September 2011, I was appointed as a fixed-term lecturer in Communications and am now an Associate Teaching Professor (Grade 10) at the department, a Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies at Robinson College and a Senior Member and Director Studies at Newnham College. From 2015 to 2018, I worked partially at the European Bioinformatics Institute in a project aiming to store data on DNA. I have served on the organisation and technical committees of several international conferences and workshop, notably as Technical Program co-Chair of the 2013 IEEE Symposium on Information Theory, and General co-Chair of the 2016 IEEE Information Theory Workshop in Cambridge.

Research Interests

Information theory, channel coding, compression, communications, storage, data on DNA.