PhD project in Communication Framework for Internet of Things

DTU Fotonik
Tuesday 08 May 18

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DTU Fotonik works with all areas of photonic engineering, including a strong focus on telecommunications. We are now seeking a PhD student to do research within Communication framework for Internet of Things.

The research will be closely linked to an international research project within the area (Eureka Turbo IoT Watch4Life), and the candidate will be able to collaborate with Danish industry within the field.

Responsibilities and tasks
IoT and its surrounding ecosystem are gaining evermore momentum and penetration of our daily lives. The IoT area covers the entire value chain from gadget based applications towards mission critical industrial and medical applications. All these devices generate enormous amounts of data, that need to be handled in the network, both transmission-wise, security-wise and datamangement-wise.  

This project will investigate how the different demands for designing a future-proof reliable IoT infrastructure will be fulfilled. In particular, the project will investigate communication mechanisms for IoT devices with diverse requirements for reliability, security and latency, and how these can be incorporated in a global network infrastructure. The project will furthermore devise procedures for big data analysis with inspiration from machine learning. Coverage analysis for multiple communication protocols and network modelling will be an integral part of the project.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

The candidate must hold a master’s degree in engineering, specializing in telecommunication or similar degree. In addition, experience with broadband networks, mobile networks, basic electronics as well as computer modelling and simulation will be seen as an advantage. Good communication skills in English are required.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Sarah Ruepp and Associate Professor Martin Nordal Petersen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information: Associate Professor Sarah Ruepp, and Associate Professor Martin Nordal Petersen,

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Please submit your online application no later than 1 June 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Fotonik has 210 employees with competences in optics and is one of the largest centers in the world based solely on research in photonics. Research is performed within optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.