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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network



Nokia Bell Labs Ireland is seeking to appoint one high-calibre Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘MIllimeterwave NeTworking and Sensing for Beyond 5G (MINTS)’. MINTS is an inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary cluster of excellence formed by electrical engineers and computer scientists aiming at innovative solutions for future mmWave networks.


The project will focus on developing mmWave technologies for providing continuous and reliable connectivity in extremely dense and highly mobile scenarios. New market verticals such as Industry 4.0 and autonomous driving as well as cloud applications demand extremely high data rates and low latency that can be satisfied only by using mmWave frequencies. To this end, new technologies will be explored including advanced algorithmic, machine learning and cross-layer optimization concepts covering all layers of the protocols stack. Practical hands-on validation in real-life network systems will be driven in collaboration with Nokia partners and customers.


The Role


The role is based at Nokia Bell Labs, Dublin, Ireland, with secondments to project partners in the EU. The ESR will be enrolled on a PhD programme at University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The research topic will be in the area of:


-      Multi-path mm-wave communications with quality-of-service guarantees for Industry 4.0


The ESRs will undertake postgraduate research in support of the agreed doctoral research project, and present and publish research to both academic and non-academic audiences. The successful candidates will also be expected to prepare progress reports for funding bodies, attend and participate in all training events and actively participate in outreach activities.


The contract duration is three years, from March 1st 2020 – February 28 2023 (targeted starting date may be modified slightly if required). The candidates will work full time and will perceive a salary of 45361.44 Euro (before employer and employee deductions – fixed for period of the appointment) per annum, plus a monthly taxable mobility allowance of 600 Euro. If applicable, an additional taxable monthly family allowance of € 500 subject to family status of the appointee.


Any nationality is eligible. In accordance with the University of Edinburgh policy, an ESR with non-EU citizenship will be subject to additional GBP 24000 tuition fee per annum.


Further Information


For more information about the post, please contact Dr. Stepan Kucera or Dr. Holger Claussen (stepan.kucera@nokia-bell-labs.com, holger.claussen@nokia-bell-labs.com)

Key application requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree or a postgraduate Master's degree (or equivalent) in Electronic or Electrical engineering, ideally with a background on wireless communications, or a physical sciences subject. Highly proficient English language skills are critical. The ability to thing logically, create solutions and make informed decisions is essential as are excellent organisational skills and the ability to travel and work across Europe.


All candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this post:


a)    At the time of recruitment by the host organisation be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.


b)      At the time of recruitment 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 three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.


The application must include:

  1. A cover letter explaining your motivation for applying.
  2. A complete Curriculum Vitae setting out your educational qualifications and practical skills as well as any scientific achievements, publications, awards.
  3. A copy of your Master’s certificate (or equivalent) or certificate of graduation.
  4. An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from researchers familiar with your academic activities, e.g. the advisor of your Master’s thesis.


Evidence of Advanced-level English is desirable, e.g. in the form of a recognized English exam or English-taught course with excellent score. 


The applications will be analysed after the application deadline, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Video and/or a personal interview. Applications close on 31st October 2019, interviews are anticipated to be held during January 2020.


By applying for this position, you give consent to circulate your application within the consortium members.


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