Doctoral student in Electrical Engineering towards distributed massive MIMO communication


Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Elektro- och informationsteknik

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Description of the workplace

The position is within the division of Communications Engineering at the
Department of Electrical and Information Technology at LTH in Lund. The
division has 8 senior researchers, around 20 PhD students and a deep collaboration with industry. The division works within wireless communication in a wider sense and the activities span from communication theory to implementation of antenna structures.

Subject description

The research area for this position is communication with large-scale MIMO where the antenna elements are distributed over a larger geographical area, in the form of co-located clusters or as individual elements. The focus area is on the
characteristics of the radio channel in such systems to obtain efficient and reliable communications. This means that the subject area includes cellular communication systems for 5G and 6G, channel modeling, channel characterization, combined communication and sensing with associated signal processing.

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental of up to 20% time.

We will explore different system configurations to obtain reliable and efficient communication. The focus will be on the characteristics of the radio channel and its impact on efficiency and reliability, especially with respect to the lower
frequency bands below 7 GHz. Collaborative subsystems operating at millimeter wave frequencies and sub-millimeter wave frequencies may also be included. The distributed antenna systems require new forms of characterization methods, hence, the development of measurement systems and evaluation methods for
characterization of distributed radio channels are also included in the tasks.
Measurements will be carried out in both indoor and urban environments. Based on the measurements, channel models relevant for communication and sensing in
distributed massive MIMO systems will be developed and performance evaluations for different system configurations will be carried out.

Admission requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in
    Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies
Electrical Engineering if the applicant has:

  • been awarded at least 60 credits in the second cycle with relevance to Electrical Engineering, or
  • a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information and Communication Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics, or Engineering Nanoscience.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of
academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems. Written and oral communication skills. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g., professional

Other assessment criteria:

  • Experience with mathematical modelling and analysis of wireless communication systems. This also includes experience of the software tools used, such as MATLAB.
  • Practical experience from RF measurements.
  • Knowledge in electromagnetic wave propagation.
  • Experience from radio channel characterization and modelling. This may also include experience of software tools such as LabVIEW and/or GNU Radio.
  • Practical experience from statistical signal processing or machine learning.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and
independence, and how the applicant, through experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

We offer

Lund University is a public authority which means that employees get particular benefits, generous annual leave and an advantageous occupational pension scheme.

Read more on the University website about being a Lund University employee Work at Lund University.

Terms of employment

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20 % departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

First day of employment is as soon as possible, according to agreement.

How to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Welcome to apply!

Type of employmentTemporary position
First day of employmentAs soon as possible according to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Full-time equivalent100 %
CountySkåne län
Reference numberPA2023/1593
  • Fredrik Tufvesson, +46462224629
Union representative
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet,
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Last application date06.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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