Doctoral student in Wireless Communications Empowered by Intell. Surfaces

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  • Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Doctoral student in Wireless Communications Empowered by Intell. Surfaces, combine deep theoretical studies with practical feasibility studies

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Electrical Engineering

The sixth generation of cellular networks (6G) will be equipped with intelligent, programmable and real-time controllable surfaces. These surfaces will enable to shape the wireless propagation environment and to interact with the cellular infrastructure and user devices. Understanding, analyzing, dimensioning and optimizing these new types of wireless networks require new and well-proven approaches, analysis methods, including machine-learning techniques.

This project is part of MSCA MetaWireless, within which the doctoral student spends some periods of the education abroad and/or in an industrial environment. The doctoral student has the chance to combine deep theoretical studies with practical feasibility studies together with international academic and industry partners, including Ericsson Research. The Division of Decision and Control Systems host the project.

Supervision: The doctoral student will be supervised by: Prof. Gabor Fodor

What we offer

The project-specific eligibility criteria for MCSA

  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall at the time of recruitment by the host organization be in the first four years (from when graduated at advanced level) of their research careers (full-time equivalent research experience) and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • At the time of recruitment by the host organization, ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Duties and Responsibilities MSCA

  • Undertake postgraduate research in support of the agreed doctoral research project.
  • Work closely with the academic supervisor Prof. Fodor and academic co-supervisor Prof. Björnson to ensure the compatibility of the individual project with the overall goals of MetaWireless.
  • Present and publish research in both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Attend and participate to academic and non-academic conferences, events and seminars.
  • Attend and participate to all training events and supervisory meetings.
  • Be seconded to other network partners as necessary to fulfil the grant obligations.
  • Prepare progress reports and similar documents on research for funding bodies, as required.
  • Contribute to the delivery and management of the wider programme, including attending and participating in programme committee meetings.
  • Actively contribute to the public engagement and outreach activities as described in the grant agreement.

In agreement with the MSCA-ITN financial regulations (page 27, section 5)


To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a degree at advanced level,
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits at advanced level, or
  • in any other way acquired within or outside the country acquired essentially equivalent knowledge.
  • Requirements for English equivalent to English B/6, read more here.


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

We find it meritorious with knowledge of linear algebra, optimization theory and stochastic systems.

After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Target degree: Doctoral degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ‘ time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.

Union representatives

You will find contact information for union representatives on KTH’s website.

Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

You will find contact information for doctoral section on the section’s website.


Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilled language requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.

Other information

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