University of Luxembourg

Research Associate (Postdoc) in Algorithmic aspects of network slicing over next generation satellite systems

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 PhD holders in the general area of network slicing for next generation satellite communication systems 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 www.securityandtrust.lu

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: https://wwwen.uni.lu/snt/research/sigcom

Your Role

This is a fully funded Postdoc position for 2 years within a large, national research project (INSTRUCT – INtegrated Satellite-TeRrestrial Systems for Ubiquitous Beyond 5G CommunicaTions). The project is run in close cooperation with SES (https://www.ses.com/). Therefore, the objectives of the project are aligned with the business interests of SES towards their next-generation satellite communication systems. More precisely, the project aims at developing traffic-engineering algorithms for network slicing taking into account the capabilities of next-generation satellite communication systems, such as multi-orbit space segment, softwarized and virtualized/cloudified satellite ground segment and interdependencies with the dynamic resource manager.

The successful candidate will work with an academic supervisor from the University of Luxembourg and with an industrial supervisor from SES, and join a strong and motivated research team lead 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: https://instruct-ipbg.uni.lu
  • Carry out research in the predefined areas
    *Disseminate results through scientific publications
  • Present results in well-known international conferences and workshops
  • Coordinating research projects and preparing project deliverables
  • Preparing new research proposals to attract industrial, national and European projects
  • Implementing, experimenting and validating solutions through relevant open-source tools and platforms and available testbeds
  • Providing guidance to PhD and MSc students
  • Organizing relevant workshops and demonstrations

Your Profile

  • A PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering, or Electrical Engineering or Computer Science/Engineering with focus on Telecommunication Networks (ideally on 5G related topic)
  • Sound publication track-record in the areas related to wireless or satellite networks
  • Strong background in Computer Networking technologies (ideally in SDN/NFV)
  • Knowledge of one or multiple areas listed below is highly desirable:
    - Resource slicing and Network slicing
    - Software defined networking and Network function virtualization
    - Integrated/hybrid satellite-terrestrial networks
    - Software defined radio based dynamic resource management
  • Experience with optimization and/or machine learning algorithms/tools
  • Experience with relevant open-source platforms and tools (e.g., OpenDayLight, ONOS, Ryu, OpenStack, OSM, ONAP, OpenBaton, Open5GCore, OAI, OpenSAND, etc)
  • Strong computer programming skills in MATLAB. Python or C++ is a plus
  • Experience of working with industrial projects or public funded research projects related to network slicing is highly desirable
  • Highly committed, excellent team-worker, and strong critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

We offer

The University offers a two-year employment contract and may be extended up to five years. The University offers highly competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer.

Further Information

Application should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience and list of 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.

Deadline for applications: July 31, 2020.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Shree K. Sharma (shree.sharma@uni.lu).

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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