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Postdoc SDR for Advanced Satellite Communication Techniques

Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), University of Luxembourg
Luxembourg, Luxembourg (Canton)
Closing date
23 Aug 2024

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

Job Details

About the SnT...

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. For further information, you may refer to

The University of Luxembourg is seeking to hire a highly motivated and outstanding researcher for Advanced Satellite Communications within its Signal Processing and Communications (SIGCOM) research group. Under the leadership of Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas, our research group is at the forefront of Wireless/Satellite Communications, Networking, and Quantum Communications. Our research areas focus on the formulation, modeling, design, and analysis of future 5G and beyond communication networks that can support new services in a cost-efficient manner. Use cases of interest include IoT verticals, unmanned aerial vehicles, integrated satellite-space-terrestrial networks, quantum communications and key distribution, spectrum management and coexistence, tactile Internet, and autonomous transportation. As far as technical enablers are concerned, we leverage expertise on massive MIMO cell-free communications, smart-radio environments using intelligent surfaces, machine-type and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications, edge computing and caching, RAN slicing, and network softwarization and visualization. Due to the large-scale nature, complexity, and heterogeneity of 5G and beyond networks, for their analysis and optimization, we use tools such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, graph theory and graph-signal processing, and convex/non-convex optimization.

Furthermore, our activities are experimentally driven and supported by the SDR CommLab, with its unique in-house developed End-to-End MIMO Satellite Emulator, the SDN Lab, the 6G-Space Lab, our SW Simulators, and our Over-the-air (OTA) Facilities.

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!

Your Role...

The successful candidate will join a strong and motivated research group led by Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas and work closely with the SDR Commlab team on one or several of the following areas

  • Research on SDR, Embedded Systems, and Artificial Intelligence for
    • MIMO communications with NR, 5G, 6G, and beyond
    • Next-generation MIMO satellite communications
    • Distributed MIMO satellite applications
    • Joint Communication and Sensing
    • Intelligent Reflective Surfaces (IRS or RIS)
  • Distributed and Collaborative processing systems
  • On-board processing techniques
  • Opening the own research line in synergy with the current research projects

The position holder will be required to perform the following tasks

  • Researching the predefined areas
  • Support the enhancement and evolution of the End-to-End MIMO Satellite Emulator
  • Design and perform experiments using the End-to-End MIMO Satellite Emulator in the predefined areas
  • Participating in research proposal drafting and project deliverables
  • Collaborate in ongoing and future ESA, European, and national projects
  • Disseminating results through scientific publications and conference presentations
  • Assisting in the organization of relevant workshops and demos

Your Profile...

Qualification: The candidate should possess a Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications, Electronic, or Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related areas, with a focus on Software-Defined Radio (SDR) applications or Embedded Systems

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

  • A solid mathematical background
  • Embedded systems techniques
  • Hardware Software co-design techniques. FPGA design and verification
  • Channel modeling, MIMO systems, and/or Synchronization techniques
  • Hands-on experience with SDR platforms or RFSoCs and experimental skills are considered a plus
  • Knowledge of Communications and Networking standards would be a benefit

Software tools and programming skills: Good programming skills are required, with experience in some of the following languages or software tools

  • LabVIEW (highly appreciated)
  • Matlab
  • C/C++
  • Vivado/Vitis HLS, VHDL, or Verilog
  • Python

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

Here's what awaits you at SnT...

  • 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
  • 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

Find out more about us!

How to apply...

Applications should include

  • Curriculum Vitae
    • Contact address
    • For each degree received or currently enrolled in, provide the degree, institution name, institution city and country, start date, and date (or expected date) of graduation. Include the title and short summary of your PhD Thesis and supervisor name (and Bachelor / Master Thesis if you did one). If you have not yet received your PhD but will do soon, please include a tentative graduation date.
    • List of publications (authors, title, journal/conference name, and date of publication) with a link in case of open access
    • Name, affiliation, and contact details of two referees
  • Cover letter with motivations and topics of particular interest to the candidate (approx. 1 page)

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by Email will not be considered.

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.

General information:

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 24 Month (extentable)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Campus Kirchberg
  • Internal Title: Postdoctoral researcher
  • Job Reference: UOL06553

The yearly gross salary for every Postdoctoral Researcher at the UL is EUR 83099 (full time)

For further information, please contact Dr. Juan Carlos M. Duncan () and/or Dr. Jorge Luis Gonzalez ().


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