University of Luxembourg

PhD Position in Network Automation for Non-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 radio resource allocation for emerging wireless networks within its Signal Processing and Communications (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

PhD Position in Network Automation for Non-Terrestrial Networks

  • Initial contract of 36 months, with a further possible 1-year extension if required
  • Full time 40 hours / week
  • Employee and student status

The SIGCOM research group is headed by Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas and Prof. Björn Ottersten. The team focuses on signal processing for satellite/wireless communications/networking and radar applications. The research on communications focuses on the formulation, modelling, design, and analysis of future communication networks (beyond 5G) that are capable of supporting new services in a cost efficient manner. In the B5G domain, SIGCOM addresses large antenna systems, multiuser MIMO systems, Non-orthogonal Multiple Access, radio resource management, mmWave beamforming, physical layer security, full duplex systems, wireless power transfer, software defined networking and network automation. In the satellite domain, SIGCOM addresses transceiver design, onboard processing, active antennas, multi-beam processing, optical communications, localization, spectrum monitoring and network performance optimization. The analysis is based on traditional statistical and optimization methods, as well as learning-assisted approaches for offline training and operational system monitoring/control. The communication activities are supported by CommLab, which exploits Software Defined Radios for fast prototyping and demonstration. For further information, you may refer to

Your Role

This PhD project will focus on designing optimal network slicing strategies for the non-terrestrial network automation. The design strategies will optimize the flow management for both 1) deterministic network graphs and 2) dynamic network graphs to optimally dimension and isolate the virtual network resources, e.g., link rate, computation and storage capacity, for different services in an online and autonomous fashion.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas in the context of the ASWELL project

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

  • Contribute to the national project “Autonomous Network Slicing for Integrated Satellite-Terrestrial Transport Networks”
  • Carrying out research in the predefined areas
  • Disseminating results through scientific publications
  • Participating in proposal drafting

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Your Profile

Qualification: The candidate should possess an MSc degree or equivalent in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or Applied Mathematics.

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

  • Cross-layer resource allocation and flow management in virtualized wireless networks
  • Network and/or resource slicing
  • Optimization and Machine learning/deep learning techniques
  • Software defined networking based design
  • Graph signal processing for wireless networks
  • Applications of machine learning in physical/network layer of digital communications

Development skills in MATLAB or C++ are required.

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

We offer

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 list of publications and name (and email address, etc) of three referees
  • Transcript of all modules and results from university-level courses taken
  • Research statement and topics of particular interest to the candidate (300 words)

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: September 15th, 2020.

However, prospective applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since the hiring process is reviewed continuously until filled.

Ref. RCREQ0003303

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