University of Luxembourg

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Flow management for resilient backhauling in 5G and beyond integrated satellite-terrestrial networks

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) invites applications from highly motivated PhD candidates in the general area of resilient backhauling in 5G and beyond integrated satellite-terrestrial networks within its SigCom research group. SnT carries out interdisciplinary research in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services, often in collaboration with industrial, governmental or international partners. For further information, you may refer to

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in Flow management for resilient backhauling in 5G and beyond integrated satellite-terrestrial networks

The SigCom research group, headed by Prof. Björn Ottersten and Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas, 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 including the next generation of satellite communication systems. For details, you may refer to the following:

Your Role

This is a fully funded position for 3 years (extendable to an additional 4thyear) within a large, national research project (INSTRUCT – INtegrated Satellite-TeRrestrial Systems for Ubiquitous Beyond 5G CommunicaTions). The project is run in close cooperation with our industrial partner SES ( Therefore, the objectives of the PhD project are defined in accordance to the project directions, and also aligned with the research interest of SES towards their next-generation of satellite systems. More precisely, the PhD project aims at utilizing the well-established Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools for devising algorithms that can effectively classify and manage the various flows of backhaul traffics in integrated satellite-terrestrial networks.

The successful candidate will work with an academic supervisor from the University of Luxembourg and with an industrial supervisor from SES, and will join a strong and motivated research team led by Prof. Björn Ottersten and Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas. The candidate is also expected to spend 25% of his/her time at the SES headquarters in Betzdorf, Luxembourg.

The position holder will be required to perform the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the national project “INtegrated Satellite-TeRrestrial Systems for Ubiquitous Beyond 5G CommunicaTions – INSTRUCT” - Project website:
  • Carry out research in the predefined areas
  • Disseminate results through scientific publications
  • Present results in well-known international conferences and workshops

Your Profile

Qualification: The candidate should possess an M.Sc./M.Eng. Degree in Telecommunication Engineering, Telecommunication Networks, signal processing, satellite communications or a closely related field in Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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

  • Integrated satellite-terrestrial networks
  • Software-Defined Networking
  • Cross-layer Resource and flow management
  • Wireless backhauling and routing technologies
  • Traffic engineering
  • Relevant open-source platforms and tools (e.g., OpenDayLight, ONOS, Ryu, OpenSAND, etc).

and be familiar with the principles of

  • Linear Algebra
  • Optimization theory
  • Machine learning/deep learning
  • Network Slicing

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

We offer

The University offers a Ph.D. study program with an Initial contract of 36 months, with a further possible 1-year extension if required. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. You will work in an exciting international environment and will have the opportunity to participate in the development of a newly created university.

Further Information

Application should include:

  • Full CV, including: _ For each degree received or currently enrolled in, provide the degree, institution name, institution city and country, and date (or expected date) of graduation. Include the title and short summary of your final (Bachelor / Master) Thesis if you did one - List of publications (if any) - Name, affiliation and contact details of three referees
  • Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken
  • Cover letter with motivations and topics of particular interest to the candidate (approx. 1 page)

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: July 31, 2020. For further information, please contact: Dr. Shree K. Sharma (

Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered. Early submission is encouraged; applications will be processed upon arrival.

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