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EMPOWER-6G: Scalable and distributed processing for 6G networks

2023-12-31 (Europe/Brussels)
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The Faculty of Engineering Technology has academic programs at its campus in Ghent and Aalst. This position is mainly situated in the bachelor and master program of Engineering Technology: Electronics-ICT and in the research group Wireless and Mobile Communications (DRAMCO) of the Electrical Engineering Department (ESAT) with research topics in the domain of indoor localization (RF, acoustic) and related applications in location-based services and context awareness, technologies for sensor networks, visible light communication, wireless power transfer and other smart wireless systems.

The vacancy is in the context of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) doctoral network. We aim to train 15 talented PhD students on converged optical wireless systems with cell-free technologies for 6G. This vacancy focuses on one of the 15 specific topics or vacancies for the training network. The doctorates are performed in close collaboration with industry so that 18 months will be spent outside academia. More info can be found in the link below, please apply through that same link and select topic related to KUL-1 (BELGIUM).
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The candidate will develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of 6G wireless communications, in a cell-free massive MIMO context. Novel signal processing and/or machine learning algorithms will be developed, under realistic hardware constraints. These findings imply that conventional signal processing operations should be revisited: channel estimation, precoding, decoding, synchronization, … All of this should be investigated in a distributed context with nodes, potentially asynchronous and having limited access to information.
The solutions derived in this work will be based on analytical developments, validated through numerical simulations and in the indoor Techtile testbed of the DRAMCO lab.
In this project, you will spend 18 months outside academia, which will be mainly performed at IS Wireless in Poland (with flexibility).


  • We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. researchers with interests in hardware, software, modelling, simulations, or algorithms.  
  • The applicant should hold a master's degree in electrical engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, or relevant fields.  
  • The applicant should also meet the minimum eligibility criteria for enrolling as a Ph.D. student at KU Leuven, namely, having exceptional grades as well as proficiency in English.  
  • You have research and/or industrial experience in signal processing, wireless and mobile communications.
  • Additionally, the applicant should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an international team.
Moreover, specific MSCA eligibilty rules (see also on application website):
  • Early Stage Rule: Applicants should be, at the time of recruitment by the host institution, in the first four years (full- time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree, which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.
  • Location Rule: At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have lived in the country where the position is offered for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months.


  • A Ph.D. scholarship for up to four years (subject to positive intermediate evaluations).
  • An inclusive research environment, working on the intersection between theory and implementation, in a very multidisciplinary research environment. 
  • A Ph.D. title from a highly ranked university, ranked #50 in Best Global Universities according to US News. 
  • Opportunity to build up an international network, participation in international conferences and collaborations.
  • Participation to a motivating highly dynamic European project with many exchanges and opportunities for training.
  • Competitive salary and funding according to MSCA projects



For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. François Rottenberg, tel.: +32 9 310 25 44, mail: francois.rottenberg@kuleuven.be.
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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EMPOWER-6G: Scalable and distributed processing for 6G networks
Oude Markt 13 Leuven, Belgium
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2023-12-31 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2023-12-31 23:59 (CET)
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