CALL 9-2019-1 - Early Stage Research position (PhD student) in its Smart Energy Efficient Communication Technologies (SMARTECH)

09 April 2019 - Expires: 23 April 2019

The Communication Technologies Division of the CTTC is searching for interested candidates in an Early Stage Research position (PhD student) in its Smart Energy Efficient Communication Technologies (SMARTECH) Department in the framework of the Marie-Curie ETN 5GSTEPFWD project. For more information about the Department please refer to

The candidate must hold a Master degree in telecommunications, electrical, computer engineering or related disciplines, and should have experience in the area of wireless technologies and/or networks.


The successful candidate will conduct both academic and experimental system research in novel base station switching off schemes for mmWave-based HetNets with renewable energy capabilities. These new schemes will employ tools from machine learning to enable the deactivation of underutilized base stations, while minimizing the network’s outage probability. In addition, inspired by the concept of virtualization, we will introduce an innovative energy control scheme for the efficient management of the available energy in the network: A centralized orchestrator will be responsible for the energy transfer among the different base stations, to balance the power and guarantee the anticipated QoS. The orchestrator, having acquired the information about the base stations’ energy status through existing interfaces (e.g., S1&X2 in LTE), will be able to predict future energy states using predictive analytics and optimize energy-oriented utility functions for the whole network by using tools from optimization and cooperative game theory.


We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic junior scientists, with a MSc in electrical engineering or related fields, aiming at significantly improving their career perspectives in both public and private sectors. Excellent research skills and analytical abilities are required, fluency in English (spoken and written), proactive communication skills and problem solving as part of a team, solid programming skills, strong record keeping, great work ethic and initiatives are essential characteristics. Previous experience in fields related to the specific positions is a plus.


The position is fully funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network Programme. Candidates should be in their first four years of their research career (measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate), and not having awarded a doctoral degree. Candidates could be of any nationality but not having resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 1 year in the past 3 years. The recruited ESRs will be highly encouraged to enroll to the Ph.D. programme of local universities (UOC, UPC, UB, etc.).


Applicants should complete and upload the requested information via the on-line application form:, not later than 23 April 2019. To apply for this position, in the on-line application form, the option ESR-13 (CTTC-1) should be selected.


Applicants may contact Dr. Christos Verikoukis ( in case of doubts regarding the application process.


Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), in Castelldefels – Barcelona, is a growing and well-funded research institution fostering excellence and diversity. CTTC offers a highly international environment at an exceptionally attractive location. As a research center in telecommunications technologies CTTC 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 committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.