Recruiting 3 Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD Students at H2020-ETN-SECRET

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2017


SECRET is a collaborative European Training Network (ETN) targeting “Mobile Small Cells on Demand” harnessing on current 5G paradigms towards Enhanced Broadband Connectivity and Gigabit Wireless. Funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, SECRET is committed to create an excellent educational training platform for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field of wireless communications and networking.

8 research groups, spread across 4 leading universities/research institutions and 4 industrial partners in 5 different European countries have come together to train a new generation of researchers through an EU-wide PhD training network. The training program goes beyond the traditional institutional research training program by harnessing the skills and experiences of the network to deliver broader researcher training, transferable skills and intersectorial work experience.

The network will offer ESRs a once in a life-time experience to develop their own research personality and prepare them to create their legacy as we enter the 5G digital world.



We look for outstanding, self-motivated PhD students to participate in a large-scale European Training Network (ETN) on 5G Communications, including research training on Front-end RF electronics, Wireless Security, Radio Protocol Design, Practical Experimentation, and Network Virtualization.

The selected candidates will have the opportunity to pursue a PhD degree during their work within the project and have exposure to diverse research cultures conducted through scientific missions between the partners of the networks.

Good English skills are essential, as English will be the working language of the consortium.

Experience in the area of expertise of the selected position is considered an advantage.




- 3 PhD vacancies (3-year duration);

- An international environment with excellent researchers;

- Personalized supervision and career tracking, coupled with first class infrastructures;

- Exposure to academic and industry driven research, reinforced through planned secondments between the partners of the network;

- Support for career development through training in project management, communications skills, grant writing, business development, among others;

- A working contract with a very competitive salary according to the MSCA ETN rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), plus mobility and family allowances as applicable.



The positions offered within the project are the following:

3 positions in Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal

  ESR1 Key management schemes for secure network-coding enabled mobile small cells.

  ESR2 Intrusion detection and prevention for network-coding enabled small cells

  ESR3 Energy efficient RF power amplifier for multi-mode handset design




To attract the very best candidates, Innovative Training Networks provide generous financial support for an enhanced doctoral training programme. The successful candidates will have a good first degree or equivalent in Telecommunications/Electronics/Computer Science/Engineering and preferably a Master’s in an appropriate area with strong component of research, as well as an excellent command of English - at least 6.0 IELTS or equivalent - will be fundamental.

Applicants shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years of full-time equivalent research experience of their careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

t the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.



To apply, please send an email to with:

- A cover letter detailing your suitability for the respective position;

- A detailed CV;

- List of publications, including web links, if applicable

- First degree and/or Masters degree certificate(s), transcripts of records

- Name and address of two referees to support your application

Candidates must ensure that all information is included before the deadline (30th April), including the reference letters, as incomplete applications will not be considered eligible.

Once the application is submitted, an acknowledgement of receipt will be sent by email to the applicant. A reference number will be assigned, which should be included in any further correspondence.

In accordance with the European Commission's efforts to foster gender balance in Horizon 2020 research teams, we particularly welcome female applicants.



30th April

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