3 PhD; 5g/6g Mm-wave Antenna Systems and Optical Networks

Eindhoven University of Technology is delighted to offer a PhD position in wireless communication. The funds for this fellowship are available for 4 years. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

3 Prestigious PhD Student Positions

5G/6G mm-wave Antenna Systems and Optical Networks Are you looking for high quality doctoral-level training in close collaboration with industry? The National NWO project FREEPOWER (Free-space electromagnetic modulation with focal-plane arrays using non-linear power amplifiers) offers 3 prestigious PhD student positions at Eindhoven University of Technology in the area of antenna systems and optical networks, starting in the summer of 2019 until mid-2023. The FREEPOWER consortium includes leading industries and institutes in the domain of wireless infrastructure. FREEPOWER will provide the PhD students with a comprehensive set of theoretical and practical skills relevant for innovation and long-term employability in a rapidly growing sector. The project is performed in a collaborative effort among two research groups and leverages on the current activities in the H2020 ITNs projects SILIKA, 5G STEP FWD and 5G PPP projects blueSPACE and 5G PHOS all involving strong collaboration with industry. See this link for an illustration: https://assets.tue.nl/fileadmin/content/Our_University/Plaatje%20vacature.jpg . Future generations' of wireless communications (5G/6G) are promising several Gbps data-rates per user for multiple users simultaneously. For this, new frequency bands in the millimeter-wave (mm-wave) range are intended to be allocated in order to meet the bandwidth requirements. Due to the line-of-sight nature and high path loss at mm-wave frequencies, a centralized radio-access network (C-RAN) architecture will be used where each cell is populated by several remote antenna stations, called remote units (RU's). The RU's are connected to a central office via front-haul links, for example using fiber-optic cables. However, in existing urban environments, fiber-optic links are often not possible or prohibitively expensive. Here, wireless front-haul links with an intermediate distributed unit (DU) wirelessly feeding multiple RU's from a single fiber connection, are an attractive solution. Especially E-band (71-86 GHz) point-to-point (P2P) and point-to-multipoint (P2MP) systems are generally considered a very attractive choice for this.

However, current E-band P2P systems do not meet the performance (range and beamsteering) and cost demands of vastly deployed RU's. Future E-band front-haul antennas require electronic beamforming to compensate for twist and sway and to enable high-speed P2MP links. Within FREEPOWER we will therefore develop a 100x more power-efficient E-band P2P/P2MP front-haul solution based on the focal-plane array concept. Here, the reflector is fed by a novel phased-array feed, which provides beamsteering and a linear signal transfer using power-efficient non-linear amplifiers. The reduced peak power requirement per element results in the possibility to use low-cost silicon-based semiconductor technology. The following scientific challenges will be addressed in the FREEPOWER project: Applicants should have, or expect to receive, a Master of Science degree or equivalent in a relevant electrical engineering or applied physics discipline. In addition to the formal qualifications, selection is also based on the performance of the candidates in other works (e.g. thesis and advanced level courses), as well as through interviews and assignments. Besides good subject knowledge, emphasis will be on creative thinking, motivation, ability to cooperate, initiative to work independently and personal suitability for research training. Previous experience in the area of antenna systems, optical networks and co-design antenna/electronics/photonics as well as proficiency in using scientific and engineering software packages such as Matlab, CST, ADS etc. are meritorious.

We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university through a fixed-term appointment for a period of 4 years. The research in this project must be concluded with the attainment of a Ph.D. degree. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. A salary is offered starting at 2325.- per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to 2972.- per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.

TU/e also offers you the opportunity for personal development by developing your social and communication skills. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the PROOF program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.

More information on employment conditions can be found here: http://www.tue.nl/en/university/working-at-tue/working-conditions.

If you are interested in this position you can apply by using the ‘Apply now’-button’.

Deadline: As soon as possible
Apply Link:http://tinyurl.com/yykbtt9u

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