The Communications Engineering Lab at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in co-operation with the Secure Mobile Networking Lab at the Department of Computer Science of Technical University of Darmstadt invites applications for the position of a

Research Assistant - Wireless Communication Networks under Uncertainty

in the context of the Collaborative Research Center MAKI. The employment relationship is initially limited to two years. An extension of the employment relationship is intended.

The Collaborative Research Center SFB 1053 MAKI - Multi-Mechanisms Adaptation for the Future Internet - focuses on making future communication systems more adaptive to changes. For more information, visit:

Task Description:

The next generation of wireless networks (6G) offers exciting services and applications such as autonomous driving, augmented and virtual reality, telemedicine or the Internet of Everything, which benefit from multi-access edge computing (MEC) and caching at the edge. However, in many of these applications, resource management of the communication, computing and caching resources must be performed under uncertainty, i.e., without full knowledge of the available resources and network conditions. This uncertainty can have many causes. Varying channel conditions and interference are generally only partially known. Users may join the network randomly and leave it unplanned, their requests may change over time and the service providing nodes and the corresponding resources may be arbitrarily unavailable. As a result, new resource management methods that are able to cope with this limited knowledge of the system need to be developed.

In this project, new resource management techniques shall be developed following two approaches. First, algorithms that take into account the uncertainty in communication systems and perform resource management without perfect knowledge of the network conditions should be defined. Second, mechanisms that aim at reducing the uncertainty shall be developed.

To this aim, methods of optimization and machine learning will be applied, for instance collaborative, distributed learning. The validation of the developed methods will be performed analytically, by means of simulation and evaluation in a Software-defined Wireless Network (SDWN) testbed.

Your profile:

  • A completed university degree (Master of Science) with very good performance in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computer Science or related areas like Mathematics or Physics
  • Sound knowledge in one or several of the following areas: communications engineering, communication networks, signal processing, softwaredefined radio and software-defined networks, wireless communication systems
  • Excellent analytical skills, excellent skills in programming and in the simulation/implementation of communication systems, e.g., using MATLAB, Python or C, C++
  • Good command of English, German knowledge is advantageous
  • High commitment, ability to work independently and in a team
  • Willingness to supervise Bachelor and Master Theses
  • Willingness to cooperate with partners of science and industry

What we offer:

We offer a unique interdisciplinary environment to perform cutting-edge research at one of Germany’s leading universities in the domain of engineering and computer science. The research assistant will be embedded in the ongoing collaborative research activities and will hence have the opportunity to interact with many other researchers. The conducted research is expected to culminate in a Ph. D. degree. We offer comprehensive support for dissemination of results through leading scientific journals and through participation in leading international conferences and workshops.

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. Your application package should be sent as a single PDF-file mentioning the code number to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anja Klein, FB Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, FG Kommunikationstechnik,

Code No. 534

Published on

September 14, 2021

Application deadline

September 28, 2021