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TeamUp5G Marie-Curie ETN: 5 of 15 Early Stage Researcher Fellowships (ESR) - 3 year PhD positions

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    Instituto de Telecomunicações
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/04/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
    Portugal › Aveiro or Covilhã or Lisboa
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


We are pleased to advertise 5 of 15 Early-Stage Researcher PhD positions in “New RAN TEchniques for 5G UltrA-dense Mobile networks” - TeamUp5G, H2020

funded project that begin in January 2019. These are part of Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) of the European Commission

(read more on MSCA ITN ETNs).

These PhD positions are considered quite prestigious, as they allow the PhD candidates to be exposed to and to interact with, early on, an

entire network of Universities and companies that collaborate on the inter-disciplinary topics of the project.

In TeamUp5G we believe that motivation from involvement and engagement is a key to learning. We want to place creative young

researchers in front of the real world, enabling them to work on real-life technical issues, working across multiple European countries

and organizations, presenting at workshops in front of industrial users/stakeholders, and becoming involved in standardization activities

and secondments at academic as well as industrial partners.


About TeamUp5G project

With the continuous increase of data rates and the number of people using mobile communications, wireless connections are evolving towards 5G. To fulfil the user satisfaction and a plethora of challenging requirements, pivotal to the evolution towards 5G are the ultra-dense

networks (UDN) with small-cells (SCs). Nowadays, although there is a worldwide market of SCs, the network solutions have inherent technical limitations, e.g., limited available spectrum, the need to coexist within complex environments of multiple heterogeneous technologies and users. Possibly the most important challenge is the demand of increasing data rates per km2. Indeed, nowadays SCs are mostly plug-and-play devices that are connected to the core network through an existing DSL line that forms the backhaul. For this reason, femto-cells (FCs), very small cells that are installed today, have very-limited cooperation, as communication between them is imperfect, if feasible at all. The “New RAN TEchniques for 5G UltrA-dense Mobile networks”

(TeamUp5G) consortium strongly believes that it is possible to leverage the backhaul, enhancing the overall network performance.

The research objectives of TeamUp5G are focused on solving the following three problems:

-  Interference Management, waveforms and Massive MIMO (mMIMO)

-  Dynamic Spectrum Management and Optimisation

-  Energy Consumption Reduction

We will propose metrics and develop energy-aware algorithms and protocols to enhance Small Cells in ultra-dense deployments, making use

of massive antenna solutions (mMIMO), millimeter wave (mmW) bands and visual light communications (VLC), in relevant scenarios, through a combination of analytical work, simulation and prototyping.

The global objective of the TeamUp5G training network program is to set up an inter-national doctoral training network for interdisciplinary

and inter-sectoral research, and knowledge and training sharing, to team up a new generation of researchers and entrepreneurs ready to

address complex engineering problems and innovation that are required to work both at university and the industry. To that aim, TeamUp5G


-  To guide and support ESRs through excellent supervision and with the support of a Personalized Career Development Plan.

-  To provide to ESRs first-hand industry experience by offering training opportunities in relevant industry organizations through


-  To provide the ESRs with excellent technical training and with training to develop transferrable skills such as entrepreneurship,

project management, team work and knowledge transfer skills.


The consortium includes both academic and non-academic sectors and provides inter-sectoral and inter-disciplinary training for the

researchers in their areas of expertise. Cooperation between academic and industrial partners will be used to experience both environments, to promote the transfer of the obtained research results and to prepare the younger academicians towards innovative and practical solutions.

The positions will be hosted at the following institutions:

  • Instituto de Telecomunicações – 5PhD positions:

    ESR4/IT-Lisbon, ESR6/ IT-Aveiro, ESR7/ IT-Covilhã, ESR8/ IT-Aveiro,

    ESR14/ IT-Lisbon

The TeamUp5G consortium also includes both academic and non-academic sectors partners:

  • Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas
  • Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo SA
  • LiPhi Technologies
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Universidade da Beira Interior
  • Universidade de Aveiro
  • ISCTE IUL: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
  • University of Western Macedonia
  • UNIAUDAX: Centro de Investigação e Apoio ao Empreendedorismo e Empresas Familiares

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the scientists in charge of the projects.


Details of each project can be found here: http://teamup5g.webs.tsc.uc3m.es/

  • ESR4 – PHY/MAC Design of Future SCs adopting Multi-packet Reception and Full-Duplex Communications.
  • ESR6 – Opportunistic Gathering of Sensing Data.
  • ESR7 – Licensed Shared Access in Heterogeneous Networks with Small Cells.
  • ESR8 – Waveforms and separation algorithms for joint use in radar and communications.
  • ESR14 – Development and production of Drone-Mobile Smallcell Station´s prototypes.



The selected candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction

factor applied to the host country (additional information EU MSCA website).

The approximate allowances under each national regulation are: Living allowance – €24.360/year (before all compulsory deductions),

additional mobility allowance of €600/month (before all compulsory deductions), and family allowance of €500/month (before all compulsory deductions), depending on family situation at the time of recruitment.


Eligibility criteria


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks have strict eligibility requirements:


  • At the time of appointment, applicants“may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work,studies) in the country for more than 12 months in the 3 yearsimmediately before their recruitment”
  • “Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time) equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.”


Selection process


 If you apply to more than one position in the same host institution, please send only one application form and document set. However, if you

apply to several host institutions, please send an application form and document set to each of them.

  • Application form
  • Transcripts and certifications from University: Bachelor and master degrees, including class ranking if possible
  • Curriculum vitae of at most 3 pages. Europass C.V. format preferred (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum-vitae)
  • Supporting letters from two referees
  • Brief description of why the applicant wishes to become a PhD student within TeamUp5G


Additional comments


Please check out the pages of the individual vacancies for specific details shown in the TeamUp5G website:




Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


Requirements according to the eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks.


Specific Requirements


Master's degree completed at the time of appointment.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN eligibility requirements:




  • At the time of appointment, applicants “may not have resided or

    carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country for more

    than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their recruitment”

  • “Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by

    the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent

    research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded

    a doctoral degree.”


Work location(s)
5 position(s) available at
Instituto de Telecomunicações
Aveiro or Covilhã or Lisboa

EURAXESS offer ID: 362634


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