PhD student position in Mission-Critical Wireless Communication


At the Department of Electrical Engineering, we conduct internationally renowned research in communication systems, biomedical engineering, antenna systems, signal processing, image analysis, automatic control, automation, and mechatronics. We offer a dynamic and international research environment with about 150 employees from more than 20 countries, and with extensive national and international research collaborations with academia, industry and society. The department provides more than 70 courses, of which most are included in the Master’s Programs ”Communication Engineering”, ”Biomedical Engineering”, and ”Systems, Control and Mechatronics”.


Information about the research
The overall goal of the project is to acquire knowledge about fundamental limits and design principles for wireless communication systems with guarantees on timely delivery of data. We will focus on the important and challenging case of sporadic transmissions of short packets, as this is urgently needed for emerging applications in automated driving, factory automation, health care, and other critical applications. There exist crucial knowledge gaps in this field: we still do not know what the fundamental limits are for trading timelineness against radio resources (i.e., bandwidth and power of transmitted signal), certainly not for multiterminal networks, but not even for all single-link systems. Hence, it is likely that today’s designs are severely inefficient or incapable of meeting the application needs, which could cause harm to people, waste resources, and delay the transformation into a sustainable, automated society. We intend to drastically reduce these knowledge gaps by executing the research program. Specifically, we will:

  1. Develop auxiliary procedures (packet detection, time-frequency synchronization, channel estimation) with unprecedented efficiency and specifically tailored for short-packet transmission over time-varying channels
  2. Develop a solid theory for design and benchmarking communication systems with timeliness from first principles by advancing short-blocklength information theory into uncharted territories
  3. Provide urgently needed, realistic and easy-to-use models for characterizing latency of short-packet transmission over wireless systems to be used by cloud and core network researchers and engineers.

This will be done by relying on tools of communication theory, signal processing, and information theory, the area of expertise of the project supervisors, Profs. Erik Ström and Giuseppe Durisi, and our main collaborator Prof. Urbashi Mitra, Univ. of Southern California.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research (verbally and in writing) in major journals and conferences. In addition, the position also includes teaching on undergraduate and MSc level, or other departmental duties, of up to 20 percent of full time.

Position summary
The position of PhD student at Chalmers University of Technology is a full-time temporary employment, with a competitive monthly salary and full social benefits, limited to a maximum of four years plus teaching and other departmental duties. There are no tuition fees for PhD studies at Chalmers. The starting date is tentatively May 2019.

After completing PhD studies at Chalmers University of Technology, you will be in great demand from Swedish as well as international industry, and you will have an excellent basis for further academic research as well. Candidates with any nationality are welcome to apply.

Applicants must have a strong background in communications, signal processing, or information theory. They must have obtained a master’s degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits, or expect to complete such a degree by the spring of 2019.

We look for candidates who have good grades in the core courses and a strong interest to pursue theoretical research, who are independent, curious, and creative, and have the ability to work in an international environment and to present their ideas effectively.  As Chalmers is a highly international environment, proficency in written and spoken English is necessary.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic city of Gothenburg.
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180651 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 13 January, 2019

For questions, please contact:
Professor Erik Ström, Communication Systems

Professor Giuseppe Durisi, Communication Systems


Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our eight Areas of Advance; Building Futures, Energy, Information & Communication Technology, Life Science, Materials Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!




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