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PhD Wireless Communication Future Intelligent Transport Systems in 5G Networks, Netherlands


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has a vacancy for a PhD position in the area of

Wireless Communication for Future Intelligent Transport Systems in 5G Networks

in the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group, department of Electrical Engineering. ECO is part of the Center for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe).

The Department Electrical Engineering is one of the nine departments of the Eindhoven University of Technology and provides BSc and MSc programs in Electrical Engineering. The department has nine research groups and has research collaborations with other departments at TU/e as well as with a large number of other universities and companies, both within the Netherlands and internationally. The department has approximately 300 employees and 600 students. 

Research challenge
The open position is part of the Impuls program, a strategic cooperation between NXP Semiconductors and TU/e in the form of 6 PhD. projects. This specific project aims at investigating how 5G techniques could be used in future transportation systems.

Communication between vehicles (V2V) and between vehicles and infrastructure (V2I) is advocated in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as a technology to make traffic safer, more efficient and greener. Robust and timely communication methods are of key importance to realize these goals. IEEE has standardized the communication for ITS under the acronym WAVE (Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments). WAVE consists of IEEE802.11p for MAC and PHY specification and IEEE1609 for geo-networking. Field tests are on-going to de-risk the introduction of V2V and V2I communication on large scale in cars. Next to WAVE, also 3G and LTE communication are proposed to be used in ITS.

The challenges to cope with for the V2V and V2I communication are to have low-latency/delay, high reliability, secure and scalable communication in an environment with high mobility and limited wireless bandwidth. Moreover, the automotive safety applications have to operate in a crowded environment such as in dense urban areas, and around intersections of multi-lane highways.

With the Autonomous Car and Internet of Things (IoT) visions in mind, more challenges on V2V and V2I communications can be expected in the future: a large number of sensors, devices and pedestrians will also communicate using various forms of wireless technology. A study on the use of IEEE802.11p PHY in ITS has led to proposals for a next generation of PHY with wider bandwidth and LDPC coding. However, no standardization has been started right now.

5G is the next generation of mobile communication technology which is expected to be defined in coming future. The design goals of 5G are a.o. more throughput, lower latency, higher reliability, higher connectivity density and higher mobility. As such, 5G promises to solve a lot of shortcomings in the use of mobile communication technology for ITS applications.

The future ITS communication challenges need to be studied to understand requirements and find solutions. It is important for the industry to understand the role of ITS communication in 5G networks, to identify challenges, to gather chip design requirements, and evaluate the impact to innovation and business, and find advanced solutions for future ITS systems.

The main objective of this research project is to identify and analyze the challenges of the future autonomous driving systems and to propose solutions for ITS communications in 5G networks, with emphasis onproviding low-latency, high mobility and reliability for safety applications.

Task PhD student
The work aims at identifying the communication requirements of future ITS applications, analyzing the limits of existing wireless technologies, and proposing solutions in which 5G networks complement or enhance other wireless systems in order to satisfy those requirements.

An example of the research directions that could be explored are the following:

  • Waveforms for 5G and future WAVE standards
  • Direct V2V and V2I communications, addressing enhancements of proximity services for ITS
  • Infrastructure supported V2V and V2I communications
  • Hybrid architectures for optimal hybrid operation of WAVE + 5G.

The work comprises analytical, simulation and experimental activities, and will be executed in close cooperation with NXP Semiconductors.

Job requirements


Candidates for the PhD position should have a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics or a related topic, with excellent grades (first class honors or equivalent), an interest in combining theory and experiments and well-developed analytic skills. A background in wireless communication is recommended.


Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university through a fixed-term appointment for the period of 4 years. The research in this project must be concluded with the attainment of a Ph.D. degree. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. A salary is offered starting at € 2174.-per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to EUR 2779.- per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.

TU/e also offers you the opportunity for personal development by developing your social and communication skills. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the Proof program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.

More information on employment conditions can be found here: .

Further Information

Application Deadline : 24 July 2016

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