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PhD position in Distributed Control for Reliable Communication in Free Space Optical Satellite Networks

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Job description

We are seeking a motivated candidate to work on this research topic for 4 years full-time at the Pervasive Systems/Design and Analysis of Communication Systems Research groups within the EEMCS faculty at the University of Twente (UT), Enschede, The Netherlands. You may part of your time be located at TNO in The Hague, one of the consortium partners.

The PhD position is embedded in the national research programme FREE: Optical Wireless Superhighways funded by the Dutch Research Council NWO and various industrial parties. The starting date is planned for August 2021.

The Optical Wireless Superhighways Research Program
Data generation and consumption have been growing exponentially over the past 50 years pushing traditional technologies to their limits. Future applications, such as high resolution earth observation and 5G, need new paradigms for wireless connectivity. This program will enable such transition by carrying out research into optical free-space communications to replace radio frequencies. Through a single network of networks, that seamlessly integrates satellite and ground-based communications, we foresee 100 fold increase in wireless connectivity on all length scales, offering inherent security and low latency. This program will link user needs to key enabling technologies from photonics, digital and quantum technologies to help developing concrete products and applications for our digital society.

About the Project
Traditional resource allocation in telecommunication networks is based on the scarcity of bandwidth. As such, state of the art techniques are focusing on distributing resources to users so that to satisfy some minimum throughput-latency service requirement. Free space optical (FSO) satellite networks present, however, an extremely large bandwidth. Focus should be on severe throughput reductions or outages due to a rather variable channel which needs to be accurately predicted. This project targets the creation of a proof-of-concept Software Defined Network (SDN) platform with distributed intelligence in order to allow for reliable communication under every sort of uncertain channel. As such, each intelligent agent in the SDN, placed within the satellites themselves will infer the consequence to global behaviour (e.g. network congestion and/or delay) based on local perturbation (e.g. bad channel, mixed traffic requirements) and perform proactive actions (e.g. reroute traffic via different satellite-links).

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in either Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, or Mathematics;
  • Experience in relevant topics such as wireless communication, networking, operations research, machine learning;
  • Interested in solving analytical tasks and develop PoCs, combined with good programming skills (e.g. in MATLAB, Python or C derivates);
  • A strong personality to defend your research ideas not only at university, but also in an industrial context;
  • Good communication skills and a strong interest in operating at the crossroads of different disciplines;
  • Excellent proficiency in English (C1; above IELTS 7 or equivalent);
  • You are able to do independent research and have publication skills.

Our offer

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include:

  • A fulltime PhD position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits.
  • The salary will range from € 2.395 (1st year) to € 3.061,- (4th year) per month, plus a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development.

Information and application

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before 30 June 2021, and include:

  • an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications and motivation to apply for this position;
  • an updated CV including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, and, if applicable, a list of publications;
  • A short description of your MSc research

For more information you are welcome to contact prof. dr. Hans van den Berg (j.l.vandenberg@utwente.nl), prof.dr. Paul Havinga (p.j.m.havinga@utwente.nl), or dr.ir. Alessandro Chiumento (a.chiumento@utwente.nl).

About the organization

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the EEMCS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

PhD position in Distributed Control for Reliable Communication in Free Space Optical Satellite Networks
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