At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, one or more PhD stipends in Experimental Research on 5G, Edge Cloud and Industrial Automation are available within the general study programme Wireless Communications. The stipends are open for appointment from 1 July 2021, or soon as possible thereafter. In electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. The Department of Electronic Systems consists of more than 200 employees, of which about 40 % are international and about 90 are enrolled PhD students. The Department hosts 620 students. The Department’s excellent research infrastructures and facilities accentuate its global position in teaching and research. The Department’s research centres around communication, antennas, control systems, AI, sound, cybersecurity and robotics. The Department plays an active role in translating discoveries and results into practical applications with industrial partners and IPR. The Department provides teaching for several BSc and MSc programmes using a problem- and project-based learning model.
The fourth industrial revolution – or Industry 4.0 (I4.0), will introduce major shifts in the way that products will be manufactured in the future. By integrating 5G, Edge Cloud, IoT and robotic technologies a flexible “no touch” industrial digitalisation and automation is envisioned; the factories of the future will be equipped with highly flexible manufacturing equipment also offering a high reliability, thereby increasing the overall production output. In order to succeed in achieving the most advanced and challenging production use cases such as non-linear de-centralized production (or “swarm production”) – where the PLCs and I/O systems in the production equipment operate in edge-cloud configuration, and autonomous mobile robot systems manipulate and move items between different manufacturing modules – the use of optimized wireless technologies and positioning systems is essential. The use of real time digital twin concept is also emerging.
This Ph.D. project focuses on the design and experimental verification of solutions targeting real operational Industrial IoT use cases including reliable wireless communication (5G) , Edge cloud & Cloud, automonos mobile robotic systems, positioning technologies, and real time digital twins.
The Ph.D. candidate is expected to collaborate with other researchers and a number of industrial partners in the development of different proof of concept demonstrators based on real operational industrial equipment like production lines, PLCs, I/O systems, robotic arms, IoT sensors, HD cameras, autonomous mobile robot systems , etc; and investigate the performance of the designed solutions over a choice of wireless technologies such as WiFi 5, public/private 4G LTE, 5G NR, WiFi 6, or LoRa which will be available at the “AAU 5G Smart Production Lab”.
Research will be primarily experimental, but analytical and modelling work is also possible based on performance evaluation results. Active dissemination of the research findings via live demos, international conferences and high-quality journals is expected.
The ideal candidate for the position is expected to hold expertise and have interest in (at least) one of the following domains: 1) applied wireless communications, 2) robotics, 3) digital twins, 4) edge-cloud solutions; and should be capable of conducting research in the above-described areas. Experience with operational industrial equipment, PLCs, sensors, industrial wireless communication commercial equipment, Linux, C++, Python is highly appreciated.
You may obtain further information from Preben Mogensen, Department of Electronic Systems, phone: +45 40503573, email: email@example.com , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.
PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.
Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Doctoral School at The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +45 9940 9589.
For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design: www.phd.tech.aau.dk
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AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.
Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.