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Two PhD Positions (ESR9 & ESR11) in the EU H2020 MSCA ITN Project MINTS for Beyond 5G

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    MINTS Project
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    TechnologyCommunication technology
    TechnologyInternet technology
    TechnologyTelecommunications technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    06/12/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Heidelberg
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Applicants are invited for two PhD positions (“Early Stage Researcher,” ESR) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MINTS – MIllimeter-wave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G” (https://b5g-mints.eu/), within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

MINTS provides unique system-oriented training to 15 ESRs, nurturing a new generation of innovators thanks to internationally recognized researchers with broad experience in research, training, and participation in EU, national, and industry-sponsored projects. With the intensive involvement of industrial beneficiaries and partner organisations (Nokia, NEC, Sony, NI, IMEC, Proximus, Italtel), the ESRs will obtain in-depth knowledge and skills in mmWave networks and its key applications. The 15 ESRs are distributed over 7 beneficiaries in 6 countries: KU Leuven (Belgium), IMDEA Networks Institute (Spain), TU Darmstadt (Germany), NEC (Germany), University of Padua (Italy), Lund University (Sweden), and Nokia Bell Labs (Ireland). Additionally, the MINTS consortium is completed by 7 partner organisations: IMEC (Belgium), Proximus (Belgium), NI (Germany), Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain), Italtel (Italy), Maynooth University (Ireland), and Sony (Sweden). Each ESR will be working towards a PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximizes both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. The interdisciplinary and inter-domain training will make MINTS ESRs highly employable in various industries, academia, or public government bodies.


The available PhD positions

  • ESR9: Resilient multi-RAT techniques to reduce link failure rate; Host: NEC, Heidelberg, Germany; Main supervisor: Dr. Andres Garcia Saavedra [NEC]
  • ESR11: MAC/Physical layer security of mmWave networks Host: TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany; Main supervisor: Prof. Matthias Hollick [TU Darmstadt]

Key dates

  • Jan 30, 2020: Deadline for on-line application of ESR9
  • Sept 01, 2020: Targeted starting date for the contract of ESR9

More Information



The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.


Eligibility criteria


Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to demonstrated in the Europass cv):


Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.


Conditions of international mobility of researchers:

Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection 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 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.


English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.


Selection process


All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment portal on the b5g-mints.eu website. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed CV – Europass format obligatory – and motivation letter. During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (cf. ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency). The deadline for the on-line registration is 31 October 2019.


The MINTS Recruitment Committee selects between 20 and maximum of 30 candidates for the Recruitment Event which will take place in Leuven (Belgium). The selected candidates provide a 20-minute presentation and are interviewed by the Recruitment Committee. Candidates will be given a domain-relevant peer-reviewed paper (prior to the recruitment event) by their prioritised Supervisor and will be asked questions about this paper during the interview to check if the candidate has the right background/profile for the ESR position. Prior to the recruitment event, skype interviews between the Supervisors and the candidates are recommended, along with on-line personality tests. In order to facilitate their travel, selected candidates (from outside Belgium) receive a reimbursement up to 500 euros (paid by the prioritised Supervisor). In order to avoid delays in reimbursements, candidates are asked to keep all invoices and tickets (cf. train, plane, hotel…). The final decision on who to recruit is communicated within one week after the Recruitment Event (Dec 2019 / Jan 2020). The selected ESRs are to start their research as quickly as possible (target: 1 March 2020).

Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent



Given the cross-disciplinary nature of the project, we are looking for applicants with backgrounds in wireless communication, mobile networks, signal processing, electronic engineering, computer science, and mathematics.


More information about the desirable skills/interests of each ESR can be found on our MINTS website: https://b5g-mints.eu/

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Kurfürsten-Anlage 36
1 position(s) available at
TU Darmstadt

EURAXESS offer ID: 431848


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