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PhD in Machine learning-based optimizations for seamless MEC service support - MSCA "SEMANTIC" (ESR5)

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    Politecnico di Torino
    Computer science
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringComputer engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Torino
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


1 PhD position (for 36 months) in Marie Slodowskwa-Curie Innovative Training Network “SEMANTIC (end-to-end Slicing and data-drivEn autoMAtion of Next generation cellular neTworks with mobIle edge Clouds)" funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

SEMANTIC tackles the 5G mobile network architecture. Such network architecture, already consolidated in terms of network components, technologies and interfaces, reveals a great performance potential, which is appealing to different vertical market players. However, this potential cannot be fully harnessed without the appropriate algorithmic innovations and data-driven network automation that will permit full exploitation, global management and end-to-end integration of all the heterogeneous network components and resources. However, despite the rapidly increasing efforts devoted to the consolidation of the core 5G technologies (e.g., 5GPPP phase 2/3 projects), substantial work is still required to meet the IMT-2020 objectives set for the 5G network performance and fully harness the multitude of technological capabilities offered by 5G with minimum human intervention (e.g., through intelligent network automation and control).

The objective pursued by SEMANTIC is to answer the aforementioned performance and technological gaps by forming an innovative research and training network for multi-GHz spectrum communications, MEC-empowered service provisioning and end-to-end network slicing, all integrated and jointly orchestrated by forward-looking data-driven network control and automation exploiting the enormous amounts of mobile big data spurred into the mobile data network.

The SEMANTIC trained researchers will be guided by experienced supervisors, aiming at the creation of highly-trained academic researchers and industrial professionals with a future-proof background on PHY design for multi-GHz communications, end-to-end Multi-access Edge Computing/Radio Access Network (MEC/RAN) integration, slice-enabled connectivity and data-driven network orchestration in the 5G continuum.

The main research topic of the offered PhD position will be on MEC/RAN integration and MEC-empowered enhancements. The main objectives of the planned research activities will be:

  • Develop MEC-empowered upgrades to the 5G cellular operation, including Machine-Learning (ML) based optimizations for resource allocation and for MEC service continuity
  • Definition of analytical models for the system performance evaluation
  • Enhancement of a MEC testbed and of a simulation tool, available at Politecnico di Torino
  • Experimental measurements supporting the development of theoretical models and their validation

A six month secondment (M25-M30) is planned during the PhD study with NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE), established in SITE NOKIA PARIS SACLAY, ROUTE DE VILLEJUST, NOZAY 91620, France.

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The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. It may vary between €39.000,00 gross/year and €43.000,00 gross/year, depending on the tax regulations of the hiring country. On average, the Italian monthly salary for an MSCA ESR amounts to above €2.000,00 after taxes. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and – if eligible – a family allowance, and also a coverage of the expenses related to the participation of the ESR in research and training activities (contribution to research related costs, meetings, conference attendance, training actions, etc.).

The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further 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

The position is fully funded for 36 months by the European Commission under the H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network Programme.

All candidates must comply with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions eligibility requirements https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/m... determined at the date of their first recruitment by the beneficiary (envisaged job/contract starting date).

In particular, candidates:

• must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career;

• must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree;

• must carry out trans-national mobility and not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) within the host country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to recruitment (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).


To be eligible for a PhD at Politecnico di Torino, students are also bound to have the following requirements:

1) A Master of Science degree (i.e. 2nd level title, as defined by the Bologna Process), issued by an officially recognized academic institution, which grants admission in PhD programmes in the country of issuance.

     a. If the Master of Science degree has been obtained in Italy, the minimum mark must be 95/110

     b. If the Master of Science degree has not been obtained in Italy, it is required a valid GRE General Test (https://www.ets.org/gre/)

2) One of the following certificates of English language knowledge, with no validity requirements:

     a. IELTS with a minimum score of 5.0 or

     b. one of the language certificates listed in https://didattica.polito.it/cla/en/certificates/ or

     c. an official declaration, issued by the University where the candidate got his/her M.Sc where it is stated that “The medium of    

        instruction is English”.

Candidates must obtain their MSc degree by 1/6/2020.

Candidates must obtain their GRE score and Language certificate by 1/9/2020.


Selection process

Applicants should complete and upload the requested information via the on-line application form: https://jobapp.semantic2020.eu/

A committee specifically appointed will assess all candidates. Evaluation will be based on their resumes and on an interview, either in person or by telematic way. Candidates will be shortlisted for interview according to their eligibility and resumes by 30/4/2020 and will be notified by email on the outcomes. Interviews will start right after.

In order to apply, candidates are required to provide the following documents by uploading them to the application platform https://jobapp.semantic2020.eu

  1. full CV, demonstrating their personal study career and proving that they match the eligibility criteria already described above;
  2. motivation letter;
  3. certificate of Master of Science degree with final mark, if already obtained;
  4. certificate of BSc degree with final mark;
  5. certificate of transcript of records for the Master of Science career, with marks;
  6. certificate of a GRE General Test, if already obtained;
  7. one of the language certificates listed in https://didattica.polito.it/cla/en/certificates/ or an official declaration, issued by the University where the candidate got his/her Master of Science degree, where it is stated that “The medium of instruction is English”;
  8. any other official documents which can be useful for the purpose of declaring the conformity of the title (i.e., diploma supplement, declaration of value).

All the certificates and official documents shall be issued by the relevant university in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.


Candidates need to prove that they are eligible according to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions eligibility requirements


Additional comments

Politecnico di Torino guarantees equal gender opportunities for the provision of grants.

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Required Research Experiences

    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    1 - 4
    Computer science
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

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


We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic junior scientists, aiming at significantly improving their career perspectives in both public and private sectors.

Excellent research skills and analytical abilities are required, fluency in English (spoken and written), good communication skills and problem solving as part of a team, solid programming skills, strong record keeping, great work ethic and initiative. Desired: Previous experience in fields related to the specific positions is a plus.

- Knowledge on telecommunication networks and/or computer networks, performance evaluation, and machine learning

- Strong mathematical background

- Excellent programming skills

Specific Requirements

- Knowledge of at least one of the following software/computing languages: C, C++, python, java, Matlab

- Excellent ability to develop analytical models and knowledge of optimization techniques

- Excellent knowledge of:

- computing paradigms for 5G networks

- techniques for radio communications

- wireless and mobile networks

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