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One or more PhD Stipends in 6G communication systems (8-21085)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one or more PhD stipends in 6G communication systems are available within the general study programme Wireless Communications. The stipends are open for appointment from February 1, 2022, or soon as possible thereafter. In electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. The Department of Electronic Systems consists of more than 200 employees, of which about 40 % are international and about 90 are enrolled PhD students. The Department hosts 620 students. The Department's excellent research infrastructures and facilities accentuate its global position in teaching and research. The Department's research centres around communication, antennas, control systems, AI, sound, cybersecurity and robotics. The Department plays an active role in translating discoveries and results into practical applications with industrial partners and IPR. The Department provides teaching for several BSc and MSc programmes using a problem- and project-based learning model.

Job description

As the 5G wireless communication systems are being rolled out, there is a significant research momentum on 6G communication systems. A number of research activities are directed towards the potential 6G standard that will emerge during the next decade. In that sense, our research group is looking to expand the methods of communication theory towards sensing, inference, machine learning, positioning, network economics, and quantum communication.

In this context, multiple PhD positions will be opened within the area of 6G communication systems. The selected candidates will work with at least one of the following topics:

  • Integration of communication with distributed machine learning and inference;
  • Communication models that integrate classical and quantum communication systems;
  • Use of machine learning methods to design and optimize communication protocols;
  • Radio access protocol and spectrum allocation for IoT (Internet of Things) connections;
  • Real-time data trading mechanism for distributed machine learning under network externalities;
  • IoT data market design: truthful participation, modeling individual contributions and resource sharing techniques;
  • Joint optimization of communication, localization, and sensing;
  • Modeling and performance optimization of semantics-oriented communication systems.

The PhD positions are opened within the section on Connectivity at the Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University. Connectivity section carries out research in the broad area of communication engineering and networking, with special focus on communication theory and wireless systems. These positions will be established within a Villum Investigator Grant and, potentially, some of the other industrial and EU projects.

The ideal applicant must have an MSc degree in communication engineering, electronic engineering, wireless communications, statistical signal processing, machine learning, applied statistics, networking, or similar. Priority will be given to candidates that have an educational/research background on two or more of the following:

  • Wireless communication systems and networks;
  • Communication/information theory;
  • Stochastic modeling and machine learning;
  • Quantum communication and information processing;
  • Signal processing for communication, localization and sensing;
  • Security, privacy and trust, with experience in distributed ledgers or multi-party computation;
  • Network economics, game theory and data markets.

Each candidate should submit a 1-page project proposal, outlining their vision for a potential research project within the area of 6G communication systems. At least one of the following documented experience is a plus: programming, experience with complex system/link level simulators, data analysis, experimental work with embedded systems, communication/signal processing for metamaterials with new electromagnetic properties.  

You may obtain further information from Petar Popovski, Department of Electronic Systems, phone: +4599409897, 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 Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design 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 at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

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

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

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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