PhD Candidate in Wireless-Powered Communication Schemes for Future Networks

Gjøvik, Norway
23 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
10 May 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree. 

Wireless-powered communication can benefit sensor networks in a number of ways. One of the main advantages of wireless-powered communication is that it can help to extend the lifespan of the sensors in the network. Rather than relying on batteries, which can run out of power and need to be replaced, wireless-powered sensors can receive energy from radio frequency (RF) signals. This means that the sensors can operate for longer periods of time without requiring maintenance, which can be particularly useful in remote or hard-to-reach locations. In addition, wireless-powered communication can also help to improve the reliability and scalability of the sensor network by allowing sensors to communicate more effectively and efficiently with each other, and with the wider network infrastructure. Overall, wireless-powered communication has the potential to significantly enhance the performance and functionality of sensor networks, making them more cost-effective and useful for a wide range of applications.

The PhD candidate will work on developing novel transmission schemes for wireless-powered communication systems in future networks, using recent technologies such as intelligent reflective surfaces or fluid antennas. The aim of the research is to enable energy-efficient and sustainable communication in emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, and beyond, by exploiting the advantages of wireless power transfer and advanced antenna technologies. The candidate will investigate various aspects of wireless-powered communication, including modulation and coding strategies, power transfer efficiency, and energy harvesting techniques, and will explore how recent antenna and reflective surface technologies can be integrated to improve the system performance. The research will contribute to the development of practical solutions that can enhance the reliability, scalability, and sustainability of future wireless networks, while minimizing their environmental impact. The PhD candidate will work in a dynamic and interdisciplinary research environment and will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in wireless communications, signal processing, or related fields, and should be passionate about exploring new technologies and developing innovative solutions for real-world problems.

Your immediate leader is the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • Undertaking the necessary courses (30 ECTS) as part of the PhD programme.
  • Conduct research in wireless-powered communication systems, particularly on the design of coded modulation schemes for future applications.
  • Participate in the general activities of the Smart Wireless Systems group, and the Department of Electronic Systems in general.
  • Participate in international activities such as conference attendance and research visits at research institutions abroad.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in one or several of the following fields: wireless communications, signal processing, and error correcting codes.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
  • Programming skills: MATLAB or Python.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by September 1. 
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • Language skill requirements: The applicants will be asked to provide evidence of good English language skills, written, and spoken. The following certificates may be used as such evidence: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Strong mathematical background and research-oriented master thesis in a related field (e.g., radio communication, signal processing, error correcting codes).
  • Knowledge of software-defined radio equipment.
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary and international research environment.

Personal characteristics

  • High motivation for research work.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a (virtual) team environment with a high level of personal responsibility and initiative.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.
  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences, and through other venues of scientific communication.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. 

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Electronics and Telecommunication within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. 

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include

  • CV and certificates.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees.
  • Publications or other relevant research work (if any).

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Assoc. Prof. Ghassan M. Kraidy, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Solveig Grimstad email:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 10.05.23

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Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 10th May 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gjøvik