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We have two open PhD positions at IMDEA Networks, Madrid, Spain where the selected candidates will work on cutting-edge research and also contribute to OpenVLC.

Deadline for the applications: 31st of July 2019


The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. If successful, the fellowship will provide a competitive salary of about € 44'303 (before taxes) per year, plus an additional allowance in case of family obligations, and an allocation for research and training costs.  


PhD position 1. The Pervasive Wireless Systems Research Group led by Dr. Domenico Giustiniano invites applications for a PhD Student position that will be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ENLIGHT’EM (www.enlightem.eu) within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. This project targets the integration of VLC with light-controlling automation components, integrating VLC with RF backscatter technology. While VLC downlink can exploit the low-energy footprint of light bulbs for communication, RF backscatter can instead operate efficiently in uplink without using batteries. The PhD student will design a new harvesting and communication paradigm that enables high-performance bi-directional, scalable and pervasive deployments of battery-free devices, with communication devices and network protocols that jointly use light and radio. Check the position paper “Connecting Battery-free IoT Tags Using LED Bulbs” for more details. All candidates must apply through the on-line recruitment portal on the European project, www.enlightem.eu, selecting as preferred PhD position "ESR 8: Bi-directional Communication for Battery-free Devices (for Integration between Home Automation and VLC)".


PhD position 2. The Ubiquitous Wireless Networking Group led by Dr. Paolo Casari invites applications for a PhD Student position that will be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ENLIGHT’EM (www.enlightem.eu) within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. This project targets the design of LED bulbs that use VLC to communicate to users, and instead leverage mm-wave radios to establish a connection to the backend. Millimeter waves constitute an attractive solution for backhauling, as the antenna spacing is very small at mm-wave frequencies. Moreover, it is envisioned that millimeter wave chipsets could be integrated in the future in light bulbs, making it possible to jointly optimize the operations of both networks. All candidates must apply through the on-line recruitment portal on the European project, www.enlightem.eu, selecting as preferred PhD position "ESR 10: Integration VLC Access and mm-wave Backhauling".