PhD Position Embedded AI for 6G Networks

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 29 May 2024

PhD Position Embedded AI for 6G Networks
PhD Position Embedded AI for 6G Networks
Published Deadline Location
today 29 May Delft

Join the Dutch 6G flagship project to help shape the future of communications!
Job description

Join the frontier of innovation in 6G: the future of mobile networks technology! In the Netherlands, a unique alliance of 60 top-notch ICT companies, semiconductor firms, and research institutions has united to spearhead specific aspects of 6G: (1) software antennas, (2) AI-driven network software, and (3) groundbreaking 6G applications. Join us as a PhD student in this prestigious Future Network Services (FNS) flagship project, where research and entrepreneurial pursuits converge.

6G networks will utilise frequencies from sub 6 GHz to mmWave and THz bands, thereby substantially increasing the number as well as the heterogeneity of the required base stations. This complexity is further exacerbated by (1) the emergence of new network architectures like cell-free networks, (2) novel network services, such as joint communication and sensing, and (3) the evolution to space-air-ground networks. Amidst this complexity, edge AI emerges as a promising solution directly integrated into hardware devices at the edge. Your PhD research revolves around optimising these AI algorithms for base stations with different hardware and computing capabilities. Work on advanced edge/embedded AI models tailored for managing the densely packed frequency bands in 6G networks, and enabling seamless connectivity across space, air, and ground base stations. Your work takes a novel approach by co-designing these models alongside the hosting hardware, ensuring optimal performance and scalability. The result? Hardware-aware, adaptable AI models attuned to the dynamic nature of 6G networks, adjusting model complexity based on available computing resources.

Your home base will be the Embedded Systems group, where you will be supervised by Dr. Qing Wang. You will also receive guidance from Prof. Fernando Kuipers and the Networked Systems group. Hence, you will have ample support and opportunities for riveting sparring and knowledge sharing.

  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


Become part of an expansive ecosystem shaping the development of 6G. You will benefit from training in 5G and beyond networks, AI, and software development. Plus, you will gain exclusive access to (1) a state-of-the-art testbed where theory meets real-world application, and (2) an ecosystem that cultivates entrepreneurial endeavours.

Are you ready to challenge yourself? We're seeking candidates who have, or are about to receive, a Master-of-Science degree in a relevant computer science discipline. We’ll evaluate based on your academic record, interviews, and possibly assignments. While a strong background in the field is crucial, what matters as well is your creative flair, motivation, and above all, your passion for comprehensive research!

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. 

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme  for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values  and we actively engage  to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three scientific disciplines. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we all use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make completely sustainable and future-proof. At the same time, we are developing the chips and sensors of the future, whilst also setting the foundations for the software technologies to run on this new generation of equipment – which of course includes AI. Meanwhile we are pushing the limits of applied mathematics, for example mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. In other words: there is plenty of room at the faculty for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1000 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here  to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Additional information

For further information regarding the Dutch 6G Future Network Services (FNS) project, please visite our webpage

For any questions regarding this PhD position, please contact: Dr. Qing Wang, [email protected].


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Join the oldest and largest technical university in the Netherlands. Work on clever solutions for worldwide challenges, to change the world and make an impact. Ready to bring your energy to our research?

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To apply, please complete the application form and add the following documents to your application:

  • Motivation letter.
  • Detailed CV.
  • Copies of your BSc and MSc degrees and transcripts.
  • Names and contact information of at least three relevant references. We will not contact references without your consent.
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