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Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg (LU)
39 953.76
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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Computing, Engineering
Job Type
PhD Studentship
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Job Details

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!

The University of Luxembourg is continuously seeking to hire highly motivated and outstanding doctoral researchers to work on different enabling technologies for the next generation (Beyond 5G/6G) wireless communications networks for its Interdisciplinary Centre of Security and Trust (SnT), within the Signal Processing and Communications (SigCom) research group, led by Prof. Björn Ottersten and Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas.

The SigCom research group at the SnT carries out research activities in the areas of signal processing for wireless communication systems including satellite communications and radar systems, and is rapidly expanding its research areas to various enabling technologies for beyond 5G/6G wireless networks. For details, you may refer to the following:

Your Role...

The successful candidate is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Carrying out novel research works in one of the following predefined areas
    • Novel communications technologies for Beyond 5G/6G networks and services
  • Cellular, UAV, IoT, Tactile Internet, MEC, V2X, D2D, M2M, eMBB, mMTC and URLLC
    • Machine learning/deep learning techniques and Artificial Intelligence for wireless communications
      • Reinforcement learning, active learning, transfer learning, federated learning and interpretable/explainable AI
    • Software defined networking, network virtualization and network slicing for wireless networks
    • Energy-efficient communication technologies
      • Energy harvesting, SWIPT, backscatter communications and reconfigurable intelligent surfaces
    • Advanced multi-antenna technologies for B5G/6G wireless networks
      • Massive MIMO, cell-free massive MIMO, beamspace massive MIMO, active antennas, smart antennas, precoding, hybrid analog-digital beamforming and 3D beamforming
    • Communications technologies at the higher frequencies
      • mmWave, TeraHertz and optical
    • Communication technologies for Tactile Internet applications including wireless augmented/virtual reality and teleoperation systems
    • Quantum-assisted communication technologies for 6G wireless networks
  • Disseminating results through scientific publications
  • Presenting results in the well-known international conferences and workshops

Your Profile...

The candidate should possess an M.Sc./M.Eng. Degree in Telecommunication Engineering, signal processing, machine learning or a closely related field in Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The ideal candidate should have been within top 10% of class during his/her graduation, and should have published at least one authored conference paper in an international conference or one authored journal paper in an international journal.

Experience: The candidate should have some knowledge and experience in some of the following topics/tools:

  • 5G wireless communications technologies
  • Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) technologies
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Resource allocation and optimization
  • Network virtualization and network slicing
  • MAC techniques/protocols for wireless systems
  • Graph signal processing
  • Machine learning (supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement) and tools (TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras and GreyCat)
  • Deep learning (deep neural network, recurrent neural network, LSTM)
  • Optimization theory
  • Stochastic geometry

Programming skills: MATLAB, Python or C++.

Language Skills: Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English are mandatory.

Here’s what awaits you at SnT...

  • A stimulating learning environment. Here post-docs and professors outnumber PhD students. That translates into access and close collaborations with some of the brightest ICT researchers, giving you solid guidance
  • Exciting infrastructures and unique labs. At SnT’s two campuses, our researchers can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better
  • The right place for IMPACT. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 55 industry partners
  • Multiple funding sources for your ideas. The University supports researchers to acquire funding from national, European and private sources
  • Competitive salary package. The University offers a 12 month-salary package, over six weeks of paid time off, meal vouchers and health insurance
  • Be part of a multicultural family. At SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more
  • Boost your career. Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities

But wait, there’s more!

Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities.

In Short...

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Employee and student status
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Job Reference: UOL03167

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 39953 (full time)

How to apply...

Applications, written in English should be submitted online and include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience, publications)
  • Cover letter indicating the research area of interest and your motivation
  • A research statement (max. 1 page)
  • Contact information for 3 referees

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

The applications will be evaluated on a monthly rotating basis and candidates will be invited for interview, in case of a vacant position matching their profile. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by Email will not be considered.

In addition, applicants are invited to apply to all SIGCOM positions they find relevant.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

About the University of Luxembourg...

University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.


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The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Europe by fuelling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

We’re looking for people driven by excellence, excited about innovation, and looking to make a difference. If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!

The centre attracts talented researchers from all over the world to work on collaborative projects with industry and the public sector. Since its launch in 2009, SnT has established partnerships with more than 55 organisations.

We invite researchers from diverse academic backgrounds to contribute to our projects in areas such as: network security, information assurance, model-driven security, cloud computing, cryptography, satellite systems, vehicular networks, as well as ICT services and applications.

A stimulating learning environment

Benefit from the supervision of internationally recognised experts and collaborate with some of the brightest minds in ICT research. With a high ratio of academics and post-docs to doctoral candidates, you’ll have access to guidance from colleagues with various levels of experience.

At our two campuses, researchers benefit from exciting infrastructures and unique labs: they can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better.

Looking to connect to the business world? Through our Partnership Programme, our researchers engage in demand-driven projects . We also host several networking events, such as Partnership Day, where you can talk about your research with a CEO or a minister .

Outstanding Benefits

The University offers a 12-month salary package, over six weeks of paid time off, and 11 days of public holidays. Family is important to us, so staff memberscan benefit from maternity and parental leave and 40 hours of personal time off each year to facilitate private appointments, when needed.

You also benefit from top-notch health insurance. Every University employee is automatically enrolled in the national CNS, offering coverage in Luxembourg and in the EU. You will also benefit from travel insurance both for your personal and professional trips.

The University offers subsidised housing to doctoral researchers, you get meal vouchers and a discount on your meals at University restaurants — bon appétit!

Solid administrative support

We support researchers in acquiring funding from national, European and private sources. Public research is mainly funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). Check out SnT’s latest FNR, EU and ESA Projects here.

All research teams also receive reliable and extensive support for all administrative tasks – from guidance on the University’s procedures to funding proposals, logistics, filing travel expenses. This enables our researchers to focus fully on their projects.

Speaking of travelling, SnT actively encourages all our researchers to attend relevant conferences around the world. If you ever want to host a conference in Luxembourg, we’ve got you covered, too.

Company culture & fun perks

Every stage of an SnT experience is international. Researchers join us from all four corners of the globe, making the centre a rich environment full of cross-cultural connections. Currently at SnT, we have more than 60 nationalities!

We value our dynamic company culture, so be prepared for teambuilding events, networking activities and more.

Interested in learning one of the many official languages of the Grand Duchy? The University offers complimentary language classes, and you can even get ECTS credits. On your time off, you can also enroll in a wide range of complimentary sports and wellbeing courses, art workshops, and cultural events.

About the University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities, with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character.

It fosters a synergy of research and teaching relevant to its country. It’s known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education.

Its core asset is its well-connected and world-class academic staff, which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers, who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges, and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

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