13/11/2018
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PAINLESS, Early Stage Researcher 2

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    ATHENS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/01/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Greece › MAROUSI
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37.5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/11/2018
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    MSCA-ITN-ETN
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    812991

About PAINLESS

The explosive growth of applications and industrial sectors that rely on broadband connectivity, is set to stretch the demand for wireless networks beyond the reach of the power grid infrastructure. Access points are being deployed on board of drones, while more than 84,000 hybrid-energy base stations are expected to be deployed annually in remote areas by 2020. Portable network nodes that are energy-autonomous and operate detached from the power grid will become indispensable in the coming applications of wireless networks. Energy-autonomy presents immense challenges for the wireless network design and imposes a complete re-think of technological solutions. PAINLESS has the visionary aim to establish a training and research platform to pioneer green, energy-autonomous portable network nodes which are self-subsistent and limitlessly-scalable, to satisfy future demands with minimal infrastructure. It promises a paradigm shift by integrating and jointly optimising wireless networks with renewable energy sources, radiated energy harvesting and airborne access points, as well as establishing disruptive performance benchmarks for the combined wireless power-and-information distribution. Our results will kick-start an innovation ecosystem for infrastructure and service providers of ICT to develop and commercialise a new generation of autonomous, sustainable and power-independent communication networks with self-organising functionality, to enable 100% coverage in urban environments in a power-efficient manner; provide network access to all types of emergency, disaster and special events areas; and connect remote / developing areas with problematic infrastructure. PAINLESS relates to H2020-MSCA with a vision to produce the first generation of experts in a radically new wave of energy autonomous networks that will revolutionise the wireless networking technology landscape and the plethora of associated vertical business sectors.

The Role

ESR2 will be enrolled on the PhD programme at Aalborg University (AAU), Department of Electronic Systems, will write his/her thesis on a topic related to Adaptive mobile backhauling for portable access points, supervised by Professor Constantinos B. Papadias at AIT and by Professor Elisabeth deCarvalho at AAU. Further information about the PhD project can be found below:

Title: Adaptive mobile backhauling for portable access points

Objectives: This ESR will study the problem of backhauling of the envisioned portable access points (PAP) of the network. Since the PAPs will have to operate in different environments (e.g. urban / sub-urban / rural, high / low height, high / low interference, special venues such as sports or emergency sites, etc.), it is important that their wireless backhaul links are adaptive to such conditions. Moreover, the backhaul link must be reliable, high rate and ideally low-latency (especially for critical situations such as emergency events but also for all real-time end user applications). The study will hence focus on mm wave frequencies, which allow wide bandwidth, as well as on adaptive hardware efficient antenna arrays at such frequencies, in order to tackle the propagation and interference environment. The latter will have to be modelled according to the scenarios of interest, whereas the derived techniques and solutions will have to be robust to the frequency selectivity of the wideband propagation channel. In line with T3.2 the work will hence target both the design of wideband antenna arrays for the considered frequencies and the development of adaptive, interference-aware wireless communication techniques for the PAP backhaul.

The derived techniques will be analysed and simulated over 5G-type air interfaces, with emphasis on low-latency communication protocols.

Expected results:

  • Channel and interference modelling for cm/mm wave wideband backhaul links
  • Design of wideband antenna arrays for the backhauling of portable Access Points
  • Development of adaptive communication techniques for wideband backhauling
  • Performance evaluation of the derived techniques over low-latency 5G communication protocols

Planned secondment(s): In Year 2, this PhD candidate (ESR 2) is expected to spend 3 months at University College London (UCL) (in London, UK) to build and measure the wideband antenna array and in Year 3 he / she is expected to spend 3 months at the company RESEIWE (in Aalborg, Denmark) in order to simulate the 5G low-latency communication protocol.

The ESR’s PhD must be designed and conceived as an integral part of the overall PAINLESS project. The successful candidate will be a team player, prepared to work closely with the Project’s senior staff and other ESRs. By the end of the third year the ESR will be expected to complete a publishable chapter for the volume constituting one of the major deliverables of PAINLESS. This chapter can be a part of the PhD dissertation, which, most likely, will be completed at a later date.

This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of a network of leading scholars working on state of the art technologies in Wireless Communications. In addition to PhD supervision, the successful candidate will benefit from a wide-ranging training programme, which will encompass:

  1. Regular summer/winter schools pertaining to both, technical skills on topics in wireless communications relevant to the scope of the PAINLESS project, and a range of transferrable skills (research management, entrepreneurship, patents, etc.);
  2. An overseas research secondment to one of the partner universities in the PAINLESS consortium;
  3. A secondment to a non-academic training partner;
  4. A number of career fares towards the end of their project, to assist in their future employment.

The ESR will help organise and present their research at a major international conference on the themes of the PAINLESS research programme.

Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Undertake postgraduate research in support of the agreed doctoral research project.
  2. Work closely with the academic supervisors to ensure the compatibility of the individual project with the overall goals of PAINLESS.
  3. Present and publish research to both academic and non-academic audiences.
  4. Attend and participate in academic and non-academic conferences, events and seminars.
  5. Attend and participate in all training events and supervisory meetings.
  6. Be seconded to other network partners as necessary to fulfil the grant obligations.
  7. Prepare progress reports and similar documents on research for funding bodies, as required.
  8. Contribute to the delivery and management of the wider Programme, including attending and participating in programme committee meetings.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the ESR may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above duties responsibilities.

How to apply

Application must be must submitted online to https://www.ait.gr/career-opportunities.

The application must include:

  1. A cover letter explaining your motivation for applying.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae setting out your educational qualifications as well as any additional scientific achievements and publications.
  3. Evidence of Advanced-level English – IELTS (or equivalent) overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. See also: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international
  4. A copy of your Master’s certificate (or equivalent) or certificate of graduation.
  5. An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from researchers familiar with your academic activities, e.g. the advisor of your Master’s thesis. The referees must e-mail their recommendations directly to Professor Constantinos B. Papadias, (AIT Scientific Director and AAU Adjunct Professor, email: cpap@ait.gr).
  7. A short research proposal on the project’s theme (max. 2,000 words).

Selection process

The selection and recruitment processes of the ESRs will be in accordance with the European Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The recruitment process will be open, transparent, impartial, equitable, and merit-based. There will be no overt/covert discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age. To this end, the following selection criteria for the recruitment of the ESRs will be considered:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Academic performance (diplomas, university transcripts, etc.)
  3. Research and industrial experience
  4. Awards and fellowships
  5. Publications and patents
  6. Research, leadership, and creativity potential
  7. English knowledge
  8. Other relevant items based on the specific candidate

The recruitment process will adhere to the guidelines described in the Grant Agreement of the PAINLESS project. At the network’s level, the recruitment panel will include a minimum of 3 members of the project in order to guarantee gender- and sector-balance.

Applications close on Dec. 31, 2018 and interviews are anticipated to be held in January and February 2019.

The applications will be analysed after the application deadline, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Skype interview.

Learn more at: http://painless-itn.com/

Benefits

Salary:

  • € 34.805,88 (before employer and employee deductions – fixed for period of the appointment) per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of € 600 – paid in Euros.
  • If applicable, an additional taxable monthly family allowance of € 500 subject to family status of the appointee.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this post:

  1. Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall at the time of recruitment by the host organisation be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.
  1. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

 

Selection process

Selection process

The selection and recruitment processes of the ESRs will be in accordance with the European Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The recruitment process will be open, transparent, impartial, equitable, and merit-based. There will be no overt/covert discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age. To this end, the following selection criteria for the recruitment of the ESRs will be considered:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Academic performance (diplomas, university transcripts, etc.)
  3. Research and industrial experience
  4. Awards and fellowships
  5. Publications and patents
  6. Research, leadership, and creativity potential
  7. English knowledge
  8. Other relevant items based on the specific candidate

The recruitment process will adhere to the guidelines described in the Grant Agreement of the PAINLESS project. At the network’s level, the recruitment panel will include a minimum of 3 members of the project in order to guarantee gender- and sector-balance.

Applications close on Dec. 31, 2018 and interviews are anticipated to be held in January and February 2019.

The applications will be analysed after the application deadline, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Skype interview.

Additional comments

For more information about the post, please contact Ms. Chrisanthy Efstathiou (cefs@ait.gr) or http://painless-itn.com/

 

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Person Specification

  1. A good Undergraduate degree and a postgraduate Master’s degree (or equivalent) in electronic or electrical engineering, or a physical sciences subject.
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication, including presentation skills.
  3. Highly proficient English language skills.
  4. Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.
  5. Ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions.
  6. Willingness to work collaboratively in a research environment.
  7. A strong commitment to your own continuous professional development.
  8. Ability to travel and work across Europe.

Specific Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this post:

  1. Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall at the time of recruitment by the host organisation be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.
  1. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

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ATHENS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Greece
Athens
MAROUSI
15125
MONUMENTAL PLAZA, 1ST FLOOR, 44 KIFISIAS AVENUE, BUILDING C

EURAXESS offer ID: 354819

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