Postdoctoral Researcher Architectures, sub-systems and SDN integration

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    Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    08/10/2017 22:00 - UTC

Work environment
Eindhoven University of Technology (https://www.tue.nl/en/) is one of Europe's top technological universities, situated at the heart of a most innovative high-tech region. Thanks to a wealth of collaborations with industry and academic institutes, our research has real-world impact. In 2015, TU/e was ranked 106th in the Times Higher Educational World University ranking and 49th in the Shanghai ARWU ranking (engineering). TU/e has around 3,000 employees and 2,300 PhD students (half of which international, representing about 70 nationalities).

The candidate will work at the Department of Electrical Engineering (https://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/electrical-engineering/). Within the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e, research and education is done in the areas of Telecommunication, Signal processing, and energy transfer. The Interfaculty institute COBRA (Communication technology: Basic Research and Applications) as of 2017, which is now known as the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) performs research in the area of broadband telecommunication techniques, encompassing optical communication as well as radio communication. As a key member of IPI, the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group focuses its research on optical communication system techniques, ranging from systems for ultra-high capacity long reach single mode transmission links, multi-mode and multi-core transmission systems, ultra-fast (all-) optical packet switching nodes, to multi-service flexible access and in-building networks. ECO is has also participated in several national and international projects in the area of access, metro and core transmission networks.

Research Challenges
The H2020 5G PPP project BlueSpace addresses the challenges of increased capacity, scalability, manageability, resource allocation of 5G networks by adopting a pragmatic yet disruptive and future proof approach. The core concept of this project is exploiting the added value of Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) in the Radio Access Network (RAN) with efficient optical beamforming interface for the pragmatic Ka-band wireless transmission band. Both being seamlessly integreable in next generation optical access networks infrastructures with massive beam steering capabilities and with flexible networkmanagement control BlueSpace proposition offers unrivalled characteristics that include: a) increased bandwidth provision by naturally enabling and supporting massive multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) in the Ka-band with seamless starting/ending interface with the fiber medium by exploiting space diversity in the RF domain with efficient beamsteering in the photonic domain, b) A compact infrastructure that is reconfigurable by means of Software Defined (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) paradigms and with c) full integration with existing approaches for access networks such as Passive Optical Networks (PONs). By achieving its goal BlueSpace is a truly viable and efficient path for 5G wireless communications with a 1000-fold increase in capacity, connectivity for over 1 billion users, strict latency control, and network software programming.

We are looking for a strong post-doctoral researcher or industrial applied research engineer to take up this challenges required to bring this research forward.

Position: Architectures, sub-systems and SDN integration for Spatial Division Multiplexing in the Radio Access Networks

The candidate for this position will carry out research in:

  • Architectures, interfaces, and requirements for SDM based 5G front-haul network and SDN/NVF framework
  • Cost and power consumption evaluation studies
  • Migration and deployment studies for 5G networks
  • Subsystem designs and requirements for both analog and digital radio-over-fiber transceivers for the BLUESPACE SDM concept
  • Design and development of beamforming systems
  • Design of (de)mux stages over a SDM fronthaul for the BLUESPACE approach
  • Power and signal delivery in the BLUESPACE architecture
  • Integration of SDN and RAN in BLUESPACE
  • Test-bed preparation, experimental validation and demonstrations

  • The candidate for this position will contribute to the TU/e efforts in stablishing the collaboration liaisons with the BLUESPACE partners and other researcher in the project. The candidates will contribute to the related project reporting, scientific publication and dissemination activities and grant submissions.


  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research group
  • The candidate will work in close collaboration with project partners in BLUESPACE
  • Full-time temporary appointment for initially 1 year, with outlook on appointment for 3 years
  • A gross salary of between € 3111,- and € 4084,- per month is offered, depending on knowledge and experience (based on salary scale 10 of CAO Dutch Universities)
  • An extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities).
  • Additional comments


  • For more information about the project and any informal enquiries, please contact Idelfonso Tafur Monroy (i.tafur.monroy@tue.nl )
  • For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Mrs. Tanja van Waterschoot, t.a.m.v.waterschoot@tue.nl
  • More information on employment conditions can be found at www.tue.nl/en/university/working-at-tue/working-conditions/ .
  • Start date: June 2017

  • Application

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    Offer Requirements

    Specific Requirements

  • PhD in electronic engineering, telecommunications, optical fibre communications, wireless communications, applied physics, or an equivalent industrial engineering background
  • Solid background and skills in optical fibre communication and wireless communications experimental/laboratory set-ups
  • Good knowledge of mm wave wireless communications
  • Knowledge of SDN/VNF is an asset
  • Ability to work with experts from a broad range of scientific and technology backgrounds
  • Fluent spoken and written English
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