PhD Stipend in Reconfigurable antenna array for 5G terminals and base stations (8-17030)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, a PhD stipend in Reconfigurable antenna array for 5G terminals and base stationsis available within the general study programme Wireless Communications. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 June 2017.  

Job description

The Fifth Generation (5G) communication systems focus on millimeter-wave frequency bands to meet the requirement of higher data-rate. Compared with the present systems used at lower frequencies (2G, 3G and 4G), the antennas for mm-wave frequencies need a higher gain to compensate for the physical smaller size. Phased array is one method to increase both the gain and the total coverage by sweeping the beam. But its sweep angle and performance is still limited by the array form especially in a mobile terminal. The reconfigurable antennas, as a phased array element, are considered to be a solution to broaden the beam sweep area, reduce polarization mismatch, enhance impedance bandwidth coverage and overcome user effects and so on. As the physical size of the millimeter antenna is much smaller than the antennas used for the traditional lower bands, more freedom on the antenna form and type are given for millimeter antennas in the future mobile terminals to get better radiation performances. Furthermore, the reconfigurable solution can also enable some more advanced features for 5G basestation antennas (e.g. massive MIMO at conventional radio frequencies).

The position will focus on the antennas for the 5G mobile and base station system especially the phased arrays with reconfigurable elements to broadening the bandwidth, covering efficiency and to reducing the polarization mismatch. The research will involve experimental work on antennas and front-end implementation and measurements in both traditional antenna setups as well as advanced Over The Air (OTA) tests and test in real environments.

Aalborg University has state-of-the-art experimental facilities for antenna measurements and radio propagation measurements which will be available for the successful candidate. The work will be conducted in cooperation with industrial partners and projects.

The successful candidate should have top marks and extensive knowledge of antenna types, reconfigurable antennas and phased arrays. Further a strong background in microwave and antenna theory, numerical simulations and implementations is expected. Applicants with proven publication record are desirable especially high ranking journal publications. Applicants for the PhD position should hold a relevant Master's Degree in Engineering.

A high level of written and spoken English is also expected.

You may obtain further information from Professor Gert Frølund Pedersen, Department of Electronic Systems, phone: +45 9940 8660, email: concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff, Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:,  phone: +45 9940 9589.

The Faculty have a research school, The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: and a Network for all PhD students:  

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of March 26, 2012 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.   

Vacancy number



Thu May 25 00:00:00 CEST 2017

Apply online

Online application - some good advice

Online application - some good advice

Aalborg University uses an electronic recruitment system for receiving applications. Towards the bottom in the respective job advertisement you will find a link, which you need to use when applying for the position. Before uploading your application it is important that you have all relevant documentation ready in a Word or PDF format, as you need to upload all material at the same time. You cannot leave the application and return to it a couple of hours later without having to start over.

The system does not support ZIP or images files. Filenames can only contain numbers and letters, and each document must take up no more than 20 MB.

If you experience technical problems, we encourage you to try again. If the technical problems, contrary to expectation, cannot be solved, please contact the member of staff listed as the contact person in the job advertisement.