Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

15 Marie Curie PhD Positions in ''Mobility and Training for Beyond 5G Ecosystems (MOTOR5G)''

    Aarhus University
    Computer scienceInformatics
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    TechnologyFuture technology
    TechnologyInternet technology
    TechnologyStandardisation of technologies
    TechnologyTelecommunications technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    25/02/2020 17:00 - Europe/Athens
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for full-time fixed-term positions (36 months) as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR). The Ph.D. positions are funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, (No. 861219) and are expected to start in April 2020.


15 ESR/Ph.D. positions are available in highly reputed organisations, which include, Aarhus University Denmark, University of Huddersfield, UK, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Singular Logic, Greece, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece, Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria, MyDefence Communication Aps, Denmark, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, and IQUADRAT, Spain. 


Applicants must ensure that the complete application for respective ESRs shall be sent by email to the respective person/host organizations in-charge of ESR. Please, read below ''Early Stage Researcher/Ph.D. Positions''.


Please, refer to ''Additional Info'' for application requirements. Incomplete and late submission shall not be considered.


  • MOTOR5G 

The “Mobility and training for beyond 5Gecosystems” (MOTOR5G) research aims to efficiently design a Future Wireless Network (FWN) that shall provide diversified services such as enhanced mobile broadband access, ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC), and massive machine-type communications. The scope of research within MOTOR5G includes, but not limited to, the following:


  • Novel principles for mm-Wave and Licensed Shared Access (LSA) in harmony with optimal business models-enhance capacity, data rate, and reliability of FWNs.
  • AI algorithms for network prediction, Quality of Experience (QoE), and intelligent tools for supporting MANO-improve cooperation, orchestration, and security of FWNs.
  • Novel antennas for FWNs, based on novel BF algorithms, to improve communication efficiency by saving energy and making FWNs environmentally friendly.
  • Proofs of concept (PoC) to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed innovative techniques and encourage deployment, through prototyping and experimental research activities.
  • Enhancing coverage, capacity, intelligence, and reduce latency by enabling self-organized and self-aware FWNs.
  • Developing a pool of talented researchers for innovative and entrepreneurially oriented research on FWNs with expertise in mm-Wave, LSA, AI, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, IoT, and antenna design technologies.
  • Enhancing the impact on standardization through training events and disseminating the results of MOTOR5G.



  • Early Stage Researcher/Ph.D. Positions         

15 ESR positions are available to address wide-range of research topics to create beyond 5G Ecosystem. The details of the ESR/Ph.D. positions are as follows:

  • ESR-1


Research Topic: UAV based Antennas and Propagation Characteristics


Research Objectives: The objective of this ESR is to study the feasibility of cellular-based communication for UAVs. Accurate path loss and channel models will be developed for the wireless communications between UAVs and ground stations. The characterization of the antenna and propagation is vital in order to take advantage of the full potential of this technology and to achieve reliable link performance and spectrum efficiency especially for environments with huge traffic demands.


Host Institution: University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom


Contact for ESR application submission: Dr. Pavlos Lazaridis, email: p.lazaridis@hud.ac.uk


  • ESR-2


Research Topic: Simultaneous Localization and Mapping using mm-Wave (SLAM)


Research Objectives: The goal of this ESR is to utilize mm-Wave signals for simultaneous mapping and localization. When the bandwidths become larger, one needs to consider the effect of the delays of different paths on the mm-wave channel model. Therefore, the determination of the angle of arrival (AOA) and angle of departure (AOD) become challenging and new algorithms for AOA and AOD will need to be designed. These algorithms will be integrated without a priori knowledge of the geometry and material properties of the surroundings by using AI.


Host Institution: University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom


Contact for application submission: Dr. Qasim Zeeshan Ahmed, email: q.ahmed@hud.ac.uk


  • ESR-3


Research Topic: Deep learning in Licensed Shared Access Networks


Research Objectives: The main objective is to design deep learning techniques in LSA networks to make key decisions and to achieve efficient and smart spectrum coexistence between incumbent users (IUs) and licensee users (LUs) under the supervision of the regulator with rules and conditions to guarantee predictable quality of service (QoS) levels. Deep learning will be utilised to alleviate the impact of imperfect spectrum sensing.


Host Institution: University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom


Contact for application submission: Dr. Faheem Khan, email: f.Khan@hud.ac.uk


  • ESR-4


Research Topic: Blockchain approach to spectrum management


Research Objectives: The key challenge is to employ network slicing, i.e. divide spectral resources flexibly and dynamically depending on application specific requirements. DSA when combined with network slicing in a distributed manner presents a completely new challenge. Such a scenario is of relevance especially considering the sharing of spectral resources across different operators flexibly, thus enabling spectrum as a service type of business model. This naturally complements the carrier aggregation capabilities of FWNs.


Host Institution: University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom


Contact for application submission: Dr. Maryam Hafeez, email: m.hafeez@hud.ac.uk


  • ESR-5


Research Topic: Antenna Array Digital beamforming (BF) using AI


Research Objectives: The main objective is to develop adaptive BF algorithms, which can be applied on realistic antenna arrays. Real life effects, such as the non-isotropic radiation of the array elements and the mutual coupling between them, will be taken into account. To achieve instant response and high accuracy, these techniques will be implemented by using AI, which means that properly trained neural networks (NNs) are going to be incorporated in the structure of the beamforming system that controls the antenna array. Since the traditional NNs are not expected to have the efficiency required by adaptive BF, new architectures are going to be studied, such as Recurrent or Convolutional neural networks (NNs) or a combination of these two architectures. The possibility to incorporate Self Organizing Maps (a particular type of NN) for signal classification will be investigated. In addition, novel evolutionary and non-evolutionary optimization methods will be studied.


Host Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Contact for application submission: Dr. Zaharias Zaharis, email: zaharis@auth.gr


  • ESR-6


Research Topic: Design and optimization of realistic antenna arrays under multiple requirements


Research Objectives: The objective is to develop optimised realistic antennas or antenna arrays that concurrently satisfy multiple requirements such as maximum antenna forward gain, low side lobe levels, nulls towards the direction of arrival (DOA) of undesired incoming signals, etc. The geometry and excitation of antenna arrays will be optimised in order to shape the produced radiation pattern in a specific way depending on the application. Finally, a proper feeding network that provides the required excitations on the antenna elements as well as matching to a central transmission line will be designed. The optimisation of antennas, antenna arrays and feeding networks will be performed by developing and applying novel evolutionary optimisation techniques in conjunction with full-wave analysis methods like the Finite Difference in Time Domain (FDTD) method, the Finite Integration Technique (FIT), the Finite Element Method (FEM), and the Method of Moments (MoM).


Host Institution: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


Contact for application submission: Prof. Thomas D. Xenos, email: tdxenos@auth.gr

  • ESR-7


Research Topic: Machine learning algorithms for network prediction


Research Objectives: This work will focus on the end-to-end service orchestration for FWN applications. Research will be performed on the analysis of monitoring data and traces to characterise network traffic in FWN scenarios and identify potential usage patterns. The goal will be to forecast the network status and application-specific events in order to take proactive decisions on the allocation of network and computing resources.


Host Institution: Singular Logic, Greece


Contact for application submission: Dr. Stamatia Rizou, email: srizou@singularlogic.eu


  • ESR-8


Research Topic: Design and demonstrate video production and distribution in a stadium


Research Objectives: Broadcasters are looking for new means to cover crowded events (concerts, football games, etc.) by providing exciting perspectives to viewers while simultaneously reducing production and delivery costs. The reception of live content from cameras located in the playing field, replays, and additional contextual information on mobile devices, is a challenging user case for all the above market actors. The main issues to deal with are, the delay in the delivery of such content in the range of milliseconds rather than seconds, and the considerable strain imposed on the backhaul network. In this framework, the aim shall be to deliver benefits to media producers and mobile operators by “enabling” them to offer a highly interactive experience and by deploying “key functionalities” at the edge, i.e., evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) or local network services, such as real-time analytics together with multi-tenancy support by small cells.


Host Institution: Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), Greece


Contact for application submission: Dr. Ioannis Chochliouros, email: ichochliouros@oteresearch.gr 


  • ESR-9


Research Topic: Machine Learning for Enhanced Quality of Experience (QoE)


Research Objectives: The main objective of this ESR is to design and implement machine intelligence algorithms for the purpose of ensuring good quality of experience (QoE) in wireless ecosystems. In particular, the study will focus on the modeling of QoE with machine learning for user specific scenarios. Finally, a complete methodology for enhancing the QoE in FWNs will be proposed.


Host Institution: Technical University Sofia, Bulgaria


Contact for application submission: Dr. Vladimir Poulkov, email: vkp@tu-sofia.bg


  • ESR-10


Research Topic: Business models for FWNs


Research Objectives: The main objective is to extract monetary value from novel technologies. FWNs will enrich the mobile internet experience, and will therefore open up new possibilities, applications, and services. The blending of the physical, digital, and virtual worlds are pushing towards the rapid growth of new FWN-supported business model ecosystems.


Host Institution: Aarhus University, Denmark


Contact for application submission: Dr. Peter Lindgren, email: peterli@btech.au.dk


  • ESR-11


Research Topic: Safe and Secure (S&S) Drone Design and Operation


Research Objectives: Design and development of drone system architectures with correct S&S measures in place. The ESR will further design and develop anti-spoofing and anti-jamming architectures and algorithms. Robust design of Command and Communication (C2) link will be explored.


Host Institution: Aarhus University, Denmark


Contact for application submission: Dr. Bilal Muhammad, email: bilal@btech.au.dk


  • ESR-12


Research Topic: Ultra-compact antenna arrays using metamaterials


Research Objectives: With the number of IoT devices booming and the number of connected devices per human increasing rapidly, the demand for directed communication goes beyond advanced base stations in a network and into the wearable terminals. Both in rural and urban environments the radio spectrum is becoming increasingly crowded, so the need for directed communication is there to increase capacity, range and accuracy. Multiple simultaneous beams can increase link redundancy, diversity, and reliability. Specifically, reliability will be important when the commercial use of drones in urban areas will start to increase. The main objective is to create a new generation of miniaturized adaptive beamforming antenna arrays based on metamaterials for beyond 5G air-borne and wearable devices for tactical and commercial use. These will enable the creation of pocket-sized 3D radars, 2D direction-height finders, high accuracy geolocation of signals, and jamming-resistant highly reliable communication antennas.


Host Institution: MyDefence Communication Aps, Denmark


Contact for application submission: Dan D. S. Hermansen, email: job@mydefence.dk


  • ESR-13


Research Topic: IoT densification for ultra-reliable and low-latency (URLLC) systems


Research Objectives: The main objective is to demonstrate how ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) services can be used in the IoT context. Specifically, for Industry 4.0 solutions such as industrial automation, reliability and low latency are critical. Similar requirements arise in the context of connected vehicles. While low power wide area networking (LPWAN) technologies have triggered significant proliferation of IoT devices, these cannot scale to provide low latency interfaces. Cellular IoT solutions, specifically NB (Narrow Band)-IoT can provide much better coverage and latency performance. Ideally future IoT networks should be agile enough to incorporate dynamic reconfiguration of protocol parameters in response to network conditions and application requirements. The work carried out by ESR13 will focus on the development of such capabilities.


Host Institution: Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania


Contact for application submission: Prof. Simona Halunga, email: simona.halunga@upb.ro


  • ESR-14


Research Topic: RF propagation and 5G site positioning design


Research Objectives: Many operators consider propagation prediction software (such as ICS Telecom, LS Telcom, etc.) as an efficient tool to design their access network and verify its coverage. The new 5G standard and the diversity of the generic access points /eNodeBs (for outdoor/indoor access, for “classical” services or for D2D/M2M devices) is coming with new challenges for the access network design according to the requirements of the operators, network providers, and simple users.


Host Institution: Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania


Contact for application submission: Prof. Octavian Fratu, email: octavian.fratu@upb.ro


  • ESR-15


Research Topic: Intelligent MANO framework for FWN architectures


Research Objectives: Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) are considered to be a vital technology for FWNs. FWNs will support dynamic end-to-end service provisioning with a fully programmable underlying infrastructure, which is operated by an intelligent MANO framework. The objective of this ESR is to develop a convergence between Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and Container Network Functions (CNFs) with unified MEC and Cloud application programme interfaces (APIs).


Host Institution: IQUADRAT, Spain


Contact for application submission: Dr. Kostas Ramantas, email: kramantas@iquadrat.com


The selected candidates, after a thorough selection process, will be part of an excellent international research team and benefit from the scientific and complementary training programme of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network (ITN) MOTOR5G. ESRs, upon successful completion, shall be entitled to PhD. degree from the host organization. 


We offer highly competitive and attractive salaries according to regulations of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to bilal@btech.au.dk. For detailed enquiries, please contact the respective person/organization in-charge of ESR.

Eligibility criteria

We seek an excellent, open-minded and team-spirited PhD candidates with a MSc degree in Computer Science, Telecommunication Engineering, Informatics Engineering or other related area. Fluent communication skills in English, both spoken and written, and a solid background and knowledge are required.


Candidates will be required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher eligibility criteria (http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/). In particular, at the time of appointment candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Selection process

The application must be accompanied with the following documents in single PDF file:

a. letter of motivation,

b. curriculum vitae,

c. transcripts of records from University/University College and copy of degrees,

d. two written recommendation letters.


The applicants must ensure that the complete application for respective ESRs shall be sent by email to the respective person in-charge of ESR. Incomplete and late submission shall not be considered.

Offer Requirements

    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    Technology: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Map Information

Work location(s)
4 position(s) available at
School of Computing and Engineering, University of Huddersfield
United Kingdom
2 position(s) available at
Business Development and Technology, Aarhus University
Birk Centerpark 15
2 position(s) available at
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Egnatia Str., University Campus,
2 position(s) available at
Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunication and Information Technology, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Bulevardul Iuliu Maniu 1-3
1 position(s) available at
Faculty of Telecommunication, Technical University of Sofia
8 Kliment Ohridski blvd., floor 4
1 position(s) available at
MyDefence Communication Aps
Sundsholmen 25
1 position(s) available at
Doctor Rizal, 10
1 position(s) available at
Singular Logic
145 64
Achaias 3, Kifisia
1 position(s) available at
Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE)
151 24
99 Kifissias Ave

EURAXESS offer ID: 465392


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