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2 Ph.D. / MSCA Early Stage Researchers Positions Available at Nokia Bell Labs Ireland

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    Nokia Bell Labs
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    31/01/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
    Ireland › Dublin
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Nokia Bell Labs Ireland is seeking to appoint two high-calibre Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘energy-autonomous Portable Access points for INfrastructure-LESS networks - (PAINLESS)’.

The role is based at Nokia Bell Labs, Dublin, Ireland, with secondments to project partners in the EU. The ESRs will be enrolled on a PhD programme at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain. The two available research topics will be in the area of:

  • Wireless networks for autonomous robot management
  • Advanced radio resource allocation for autonomous robot management and performance optimization in future networks

About PAINLESS (http://painless-itn.com)

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 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.

About the opportunity:

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 an academic partner;

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.


The candidates will work full time and will perceive a salary of 45361.44 Euro (before employer and employee deductions – fixed for period of the appointment) per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of 600 Euro. If applicable, an additional taxable monthly family allowance of € 500 subject to family status of the appointee.

Eligibility criteria

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.
  2. 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

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 application should include:

a) A cover letter explaining your motivation for applying.

b) A Curriculum Vitae setting out your educational qualifications as well as any additional scientific achievements and publications.

c) A copy of your Master’s certificate (or equivalent) or certificate of graduation. The graduation certificate must be available before the enrolment date.

d) An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme.

e) Two letters of recommendation from researchers familiar with your academic activities, e.g. the advisor of your Master’s thesis.


The applications will be analysed after the application deadline, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Video and/or a personal interview. Applications close on 31st January 2019, interviews are anticipated to be held during March 2019.


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.




Additional comments

For more information about the post, please contact Adrian Garcia Rodriguez and/or Lorenzo Galati Giordano: {adrian.garcia_rodriguez, lorenzo.galati_giordano}@nokia-bell-labs.com.

By applying for this position, you give consent to circulate your application within the consortium members.

Required Research Experiences

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Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


  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.


Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Nokia Bell Labs
D15 Y6NT
Clyde House, Blanchardstown Business and Technology Park, Snugborough Road

EURAXESS offer ID: 358823


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