PhD projects in Telecommunication Engineering

Tuesday 13 Apr 21

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The communication section at DTU Fotonik works with a wide areas of communication systems ranging from small IoT devices to ultra-high capacity optical transport systems.

The section is divided into 4 research groups (Coding & Visual Communication, Networks Technology and Service Platforms, High-Speed Optical Communications, Machine Learning in Photonic Systems) with different focus, but also strong collaboration in between the groups as well with the rest of the department and other department with the university (virtual centres on e.g. IoT, Quantum technology, etc.).

Grant opportunities and qualifications
We are now seeking PhD students to do research within different projects over a broad area of topics covering 5G networks, IoT solutions, datacentre infrastructures, SDN and NFV, Machine learning in communication systems, transmission and video coding, Silicon Photonics, Pbit/s transmission systems, Security e.g. QKD,  Time Sensitive Networking, Mission critical application etc.

All our research are to some extend related to national or international research programs and the PhD study will usually be related and integrated into one or more of these activities.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in engineering, specializing in telecommunication or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Good communication skills in English are required. 

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide

The assessment of the applicants will be made by head of section Lars Dittmann.

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: Professor Lars Dittmann,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 26 May 2021 (Danish 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)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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.

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