Call 3/2014-3 - Marie Curie Action Early Stage Researcher Position – Signal Processing for Powerline Communications

03 March 2014 - Expires: 30 April 2014

One PhD position (of a total of 3 positions offered at CTTC under this training program) under a European Union Marie Curie Initial Training program (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN) ADVANTAGE is available at the Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), supervised in conjunction with the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Department of Signal Theory and Communications.

The project aims are to design improved powerline communications for home, access grid and medium voltage networks and to tackle interference and frequency effects in powerline communications systems.

Highly motivated, excellent candidates should hold a valid Masters degree with a specialisation in communications.

The selected candidate shall be eligible for immediate admission on the PhD programme the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), which is located in the same campus as the CTTC.

In addition, candidates should comply with the Marie Curie mobility requirements:

- Be within four years of the first degree.

- Do not have lived, worked, or studied in Spain for more than 12 months out of the 3 years immediately prior to the start of the work.

The position is of 3 years in duration and has a salary between 33.000 and 37.000 euro (gross salary), depending on the individual familiar status, as specified by the Marie Curie program.

The host institution welcomes diversity amongst its staff and seeks to ensure that all candidates for admission are treated fairly. The selection process for this post will be based solely on the individual merits of candidates and on selection criteria relevant to the project.

Job Description

This PhD position is one of 13 positions offered under the ADVANTAGE ITN project. This PhD project is focused on the improvement of the achievable rates of PLC systems in three communication scenarios: home, access electric grid, and medium voltage (MV) grid. Main challenges in the design of PLC systems in these environments are the presence of external interference and the severe frequency selectivity, requiring specific signal processing techniques that will alleviate the effect of these imperfections. This PhD project will consist of: characterization of the PLC channel in the home, access electric grid, and MV grid; pre-coding and decoding schemes tailored to the PLC channel; equalization strategies and modulation design for PLC systems.

The Early Stage Researcher on this project will benefit from the partnership between academic institutions and industrial partners. They will attend initial school training events and thus be exposed to the research activities of all participants at regular six monthly progress meetings. They will engage in training events, visits to companies and secondments to other project partners.

Title PhD in Design of Powerline Communications Systems

Type of Contract  Temporary

Status Full time

Hours Per Week 37.5 hours

Country  Spain

State/Province Barcelona

City  Castelldefels

Company/Institute Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC)

Benefits Salary, Mobility Allowance, Contribution to training expenses.

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Application Details

Job Starting Date (dd/mm/yyyy) From 01/07/2014

Application Deadline  (dd/mm/yyyy) 30/04/2014

How To Apply Applicants, submit applications electronically through our website. Include:

- A cover letter detailing the motivation and suitability for the position.

- The applicant’s CV and list of publications.

- Two reference letters.

Personal Data treatment (according to local legislation)  Yes

Required Education Level

Degree  MSc.

Degree Field  Telecommunications or Power Engineering, preferably with specialisation in Signal Processing.

Required Languages

Required Languages 1

Language  English

Prority  High

Reading level  Excellent

Writing level  Excellent

Comprehension level  Excellent

Speaking level  Excellent

Standard level Excellent

Required Certifications

Required Certifications 1

Certification Type  Academic

Certification  Masters degree in Telecommunications or Power Engineering.

Required Research Experiences

Required Research Experiences 1

Main Research Field  Engineering

Research Sub Field Telecommunications or Power Engineering.

Years of Research Experience  No experience is required, but previous publications in journals and international conferences will be highly appreciated.

Required Skills

Required Skills 1

Technical Skills

- Good Mathematical background.

- Use of MATLAB.

- Signal Processing skills.

- Basic knowledge on stochastic programming, convex optimization, control theory or estimation theory is a plus.

Transversal skills

- Self-motivation.

- Pro-activity.

- Autonomy to work in research challenges.

- Willingness to work in team.

- Excellent communication skills.

CTTC is an equal opportunity employer. Aplications from physically challenged candidates will be speciafically taken into account.