University of Luxembourg

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in ultra-reliable and energy-efficient intra-avionic wireless communication systems

2024-06-30 (Europe/Luxembourg)
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(Valid from 15/01/2024 to 30/06/2024)   

Language: English (UK) 

Country: Luxembourg   

Organisation data: Interdisciplinary Centre of Security, Reliability and Trust 

Job Number: UOL06196 

Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 

Duration 36 Month 

Schedule Type: Full Time 

Work Hours 40.0 Hours per Week 

Expected Start Date: 01/02/2023 

Expected End Date: 31/01/2026   

Functions: PhD Candidates 

Job (internal): Doctoral Researcher     

About the SnT

SnT is a leading international research and innovation centre in secure, reliable and trustworthy ICT systems and services. We play an instrumental role in Luxembourg by fueling innovation through research partnerships with industry, boosting R&D investments leading to economic growth, and attracting highly qualified talent.

The group works across the entire spectrum of blue-sky research and applied research to conceive and demonstrate future communication paradigms. Researchers with an interest in terrestrial and non-terrestrial communication systems, will find a large and vibrant team of over 70 members fostering a collaborative atmosphere. SIGCOM’s state-of-the art facilities include 4 physical laboratories: the Software-Defined Networking Lab, the Communications Lab and the 5G Space Communication Lab – dedicated environments for researchers to test their results on advanced equipment, in addition to the SATCOM Lab of the Interdisciplinary Space Master. The group is also the recipient of numerous awards, such as the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP) Group Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award, as well as 4 European Research Council grants.

  Your Role

The SIGCOM group within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)  has an open Ph.D. position as part of the recently EU granted project AVATAR (digitAl twin for transformatiVe Air vehicle with ioT sensors towards sAfeR skies).

AVATAR project has the goal to create a Digital Twin by continuously monitoring the operation of transformative air vehicles (TAV) through an innovative smart IoT sensing skin, informed by accurate physical models and advanced analytics, resulting in reduced direct operative costs, extended service life and safer skies. In this context, one of the main project axes that will be investigated is the ultra-reliable intra-avionic wireless communication systems. These latter have been hardly adopted in aviation where most intra-avionic connectivity relies on wired technologies. The raison is that current wireless technologies are not able to support the diversified requirements (e.g. reliability, energy efficiency, resilience to interference) for various air vehicle applications.

An important aspect of this research is to investigate the current and future efforts of the standardization bodies (e.g. 3GPP and IEEE), to support wireless intra-aircraft communication and its requirements, and what extensions and modifications are required to satisfy them. The proposed techniques will be validated using simulations and experiments, when needed.

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

  • Contribute to the EU project “digitAl twin for transformatiVe Air vehicle with ioT sensors towards sAfeR skies- AVATAR”
  • Carry out research in the predefined areas
  • Disseminate results through scientific publications
  • Present results in well-known international conferences and workshops
  • Generation of technical contributions for standardization bodies

  Your Profile

The candidate should possess an M.Sc./M.Eng. Degree in Telecommunication Engineering, signal processing, or a closely related field in Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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

  • Background in wireless and mobile communications
  • Good understanding of network implementation and operation aspects
  • Interest in combining theory and experiments and well-developed analytic skills
  • Development skills in MATLAB and/or C/C++ are required
  • Exposure to 3GPP, IEEE and ISO/EPC standards
  • Hands-on experience with RF circuits is desirable

Programming skills: MATLAB, C, C++

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

  Here’s what awaits you at SnT

  • A stimulating learning environment. Here post-docs and professors outnumber PhD students. That translates into access and close collaborations with some of the brightest ICT researchers, giving you solid guidance
  • Exciting infrastructures and unique labs. At SnT’s two campuses, our researchers can take a walk on the moon at the LunaLab, build a nanosatellite, or help make autonomous vehicles even better
  • The right place for IMPACT. SnT researchers engage in demand-driven projects. Through our Partnership Programme, we work on projects with more than 55 industry partners
  • Multiple funding sources for your ideas. The University supports researchers to acquire funding from national, European and private sources
  • Competitive salary package. The University offers a 12 month-salary package, over six weeks of paid time off, meal vouchers and health insurance
  • Be part of a multicultural family. At SnT we have more than 60 nationalities. Throughout the year, we organise team-building events, networking activities and more
  • Boost your career. Students can take advantage of several opportunities for growth and career development, from free language classes to career resources and extracurricular activities

But wait, there’s more!

  In Short

  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month (extendable up to 48 months if required)
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Kirchberg
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL06196

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 40952 (full time)

  How to apply

Applications should be submitted online and include:

  • Full CV, including:
    • For each degree received or currently enrolled in, provide the degree, institution name, institution city and country, and date (or expected date) of graduation. Include the title and short summary of your final (Bachelor / Master) Thesis if you did one
    • List of publications (if any)
    • Name, affiliation and contact details of three referees
  • Cover letter with motivations and topics of particular interest to the candidate (approx. 1 page)

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

  About the University of Luxembourg University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.   

Further information For further information, please contact: Dr. Houcine CHOUGRANI (

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Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in ultra-reliable and energy-efficient intra-avionic wireless communication systems
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