Two Ph.D. Positions in Energy Efficiency and Wireless Security for Future Wireless Networks

Project Description:

The ongoing development of the incoming 5G networks sets out many challenging requirements, two of which are optimised energy consumption and enhanced wireless security. The two targets complement to achieve sustainable economic growth but cannot be obtained by simply modifying existing wireless communications protocols. The aim of this project is to apply advanced optimisation techniques to deliver on the two said objectives. We will draw on ultra-dense deployment of low-power transceivers such as small-cell base stations, wireless access points,remote radio heads, equipped with some distributed mechanism. Also, the project leverages unique fading characteristic of wireless channels to design protocols and mechanisms at the physical layer for enhanced wireless security.

The Positions:

Applications are invited for two PhD positions with the Communications & Signal Processing Group at University College Dublin, which is Ireland's No 1 university for graduate studies with a vibrant student life and a very strong university incubation program for commercialisation of research. The PhD positions generally involve developing algorithms for improved energy efficiency and guaranteed data security for future wireless networks.


The Ph.D. positions are funded by a scholarship from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The scholarship covers PhD fees and includes a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum for four years.
Conference allowances are also included in the scholarship. The PhD students also have chance to work at the research group of our international collaborators.

Who Should Apply:

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical, Electronic Engineering (or a related discipline), and should possess strong mathematical, analytical and programming skills. In particular, excellent background in communication theory and signal processing algorithms are also expected. Some background in mathematical programming is a plus. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are also required.

How to Apply:

Applications consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and academic transcripts should be sent to Dr Nam Tran ( The PhD positions are open until filled but the successful candidates are expected to start no later than September 2018.