The Communications Engineering Lab at Technische Universität Darmstadt invites applications for a position in the LOEWE Center emergenCITY as

Research assistant

available till April 30, 2021, with the possibility of extension.

The LOEWE Center emergenCITY is an interdisciplinary research center that was established at TU Darmstadt. The University of Kassel and the Philipps-Universität Marburg are partners. emergenCITY aims at investigating fundamentals, methods and solutions towards the resilience of future digital cities and especially the capability of Information and Communication Technology to resist, adapt, and transform in crisis situations. For more information visit

It is the goal of the employment to acquire a PhD level in the research project KOM2 in the center.

Providing resilient communication services in a crisis scenario, e.g., a long-lasting power failure, a natural disaster, a terrorist attack or even a cyber-attack on a city's communication networks, is a challenging task due to the strongly dynamic system that has to be considered. Specifically, the number of available communication, computation and storage resources is limited and changes over time. Furthermore, the communication services that need to be provided and their requirements (e.g., latency, throughput and reliability) also vary over time according to the current situation and the corresponding relevance. In such scenarios, traditional communication strategies fail to cope with the aforementioned challenges because they are not designed for these extreme situations.

In project KOM2, the situational communication scenario described above will be modeled via heterogeneous and probabilistic networks. Additionally, we will investigate the use of remote-controlled or semi-autonomous vehicles, such as drones, robots, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), to support priority communication needs like the rapid distribution of warning messages or the targeted notification to specific geographical areas or population groups. Optimization and machine learning techniques will be exploited to design transmission strategies that adapt to the dynamics of the network and its environment while fulfilling the network requirements. Furthermore, worst-case metrics will be developed for the evaluation of the proposed approaches. In order to determine their performance, analytical tools as well as simulations will be used.


  • Work in an interdisciplinary research center that aims to increase resilience in digital cities
  • Planning, coordination and implementation of the research programme
  • Collaboration in the emergenCITY Lab
  • Presentation of research results at national and international conferences
  • Publication of research results
  • Support of applications for funding and preparation of project proposals
  • Contribution to the center’s public relations activities

Your profile

  • Very good university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology or related field, e.g. Computer Science or Mathematics with technical orientation
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to engage in complex scientific and interdisciplinary research questions
  • In-depth expertise in Communications Engineering, Signal Processing, or Communication Networks
  • Programming skills and experience in simulation of communication systems with, e.g., Matlab, Python
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, knowledge of German is advantageous
  • Social competence, organizational skills, high motivation
  • Good team and communication skills

Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt). Part-time employment is generally possible.

We look forward to receiving your application in one pdf file (max. 10 MB), mentioning the Code-No., sent to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anja Klein, Communications Engineering Lab, email

Code No. 708

Published on

November 28, 2019

Application deadline

December 12, 2019