CALL 6-2019-1 - Early Stage Research Position at the Communication Systems Division

15 February 2019 - Expires: 15 April 2019

WindMill, Early Stage Researcher 8



Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

Research Field

Wireless Communications and Machine Learning


First Stage Researcher (R1)




European Union










H2020 / Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions ITN





Applications are invited for full-time 36 months Early Stage Researchers/PhD student positions part of WindMill project (Integrating WIreless Communication Engineering and MachIne Learning). WindMill is an international, multidisciplinary and multisectorial training network funded by the European Union’s Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sk?odowska-Curie grant agreement No813999. More information


About WindMill

With their evolution towards 5G and beyond, wireless communication networks are entering an era of massive connectivity, massive data, and extreme service demands. A promising approach to successfully handle such a magnitude of complexity and data volume is to develop new network management and optimization tools based on machine learning. This is a major shift in the way wireless networks are designed and operated, posing demands for a new type of expertise that requires the combination of engineering, mathematics and computer science disciplines. The ITN project WindMill addresses this need by providing Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with an expertise integrating wireless communications and machine learning. The project will train 15 ESRs within a consortium of leading international research institutes and companies comprising experts in wireless communications and machine learning. This a very timely project, providing relevant inter-disciplinary training in an area where machine learning represents a meaningful extension of the current methodology used in wireless communication systems. Accordingly, the project will produce a new generation of experts, extremely competitive on the job market, considering the scale by which machine learning will impact the future and empower the individuals that are versed in it.


About CTTC

The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a non-profit research center and technology institution located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, that is fully devoted to research in telecommunication technologies. CTTC is funded both with direct support of the Government of Catalonia (CERCA centres) and also via industrial and competitive funded R&D projects. Founded in 2001, around 100 people are currently employed supporting core activities encompass both fundamental and basic research, applied and experimental research, and technology transfer with an international projection. CTTC is part of CERCA, holds a distinction from the Regional Govt. to excellence in collaboration with the industry (TECNIO label); and is an accredited R&D provider by the French government (accreditation CIR). CTTC offers a highly international environment at an exceptionally attractive location and provides a fertile environment for research cooperation and innovation between different disciplines. CTTC seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. CTTC is also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

The supervisors will be: Monica Navarro ( and Adriano Pastore (

ESR 8 job description

CTTC is seeking to hire an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to join the WindMill project. The project offers an excellent research and training programme:

  • Opportunity to join a network of leading Universities, research institutes and companies in the field of wireless communications and machine learning.
    • The ESR is primarily hosted by CTTC with stays in partner institutions (secondments).
    • Training programme including regular summer and winter schools to build technical skills as well as soft skills.
    • The salaries are very competitive and complemented by mobility or family allowance.

The ESR will be enrolled in the Signal Theory and Communications PhD programme at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech). Further information about the PhD project is below:

Title: Machine Learning for Massive Connectivity

  1. Design efficient machine learning algorithms to address crucial challenges in massive machine-type communication (MTC) systems for next-generation networks
  2. Advance the theoretical understanding about fundamental limits of MTC systems
  3. Build simulators and prototypes of machine-learning aided MTC systems
Expected Results: This project should deepen the understanding of novel communication system designs that are critically relevant for 5G applications and beyond.Furthermore, it should make a compelling case for putting machine learning methods at the heart of physical-layer algorithms.

Candidate Profile:

  1. An undergraduate degree and Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. Strong background in wireless communications, information processing and/or machine learning is an advantage.
  2. Excellent written and verbal communication, as well as presentation skills.
  3. Highly proficient English language skills.
  4. Excellent organisational skills, creative, innovative, independent thinker
  5. Motivation to collaborate in an interdisciplinary international team.
  6. Motivation to participate in training programs.
  7. Ability to travel and work in and outside Europe.

Eligibility Requirements

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

a)       Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall 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, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status (under the 1951 Geneva Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account.

Application must include:

  1. A cover letter describing the motivation for applying to the position.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae including education qualifications, research and industrial experience, awards and fellowships, any additional scientific achievements.
  3. A list of publications.
  4. A copy of the Master’s certificate (or equivalent).
  5. An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme.
  6. Documentation of English skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or CPE)
  1. Contact infomration of two academic references from researchers familiar with the academic activities of the candidate, e.g. the advisor of your Master’s thesis.
  2. A one-page description of the research as envisioned by the candidate.

How to apply:

Application must be submitted online through

Important: application deadlines can vary among the different organizations. Please check out the webpage of the individual vacancy for further details

The selection and recruitment processes of the ESRs will be in accordance with the European Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and according to national legislation and recruitment procedures with the company/university. The recruitment process will be open, transparent, impartial, equitable, and merit-based. There will be no discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age.

The applications will be analysed after the application deadline, and the selected candidates will be invited to a Skype interview.

Further Information

For more information about the post, please contact:



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