PhD Position in Smart Urban, IoT Wireless Technologies

Trondheim, Norway
16 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
20 May 2018
IE 092/2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position as a PhD Research fellow at the Department of Electronic Systems (IES). The position is affiliated with the Smart Wireless System (SWS) group.

The PhD positions have a duration of three years with the possibility of up to 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

Information about the department

Currently IES has approximately 165 full-time employees spread across 45 professors/ass professors, 70 PhD, 25 research/Post.Doc and 26 engineering/administration. IES has the principal responsibility for education and research in electronics at NTNU. IES research portfolio comprises the areas of wireless communication, statistical signal processing, marine acoustics/sub-sea communications, multimedia and speech technology, micro- and nano-technology, sensors, and medical technology.

The Smart Wireless Systems (SWS) Research Group

Smart Wireless Systems is an established research field for the group at NTNU in Gjøvik. This is also a field of great relevance for a more efficient organization and management of modern industrial processes. The group has research areas within wireless communication, smart electronics design, industrial process automation, systems engineering and security.

Job description

All places around the world are currently under quick changeover towards a high quality of living, low carbon environment and resource efficient economy. Smart systems are central components for building sustainable cities and combining complete urban informatics. Internet-of-Things (IoT) is an emerging technology evolved from the convergence of wireless technologies, sensing systems, and the Internet. The technology increases the development of new applications such as smart buildings, personalized healthcare, and transportation systems.

The goal of this thesis is to investigate one of the most recent IoT-systems, IQRF®, to provide energy-efficient, reliable and secure communication. IQRF is a technology for wireless packet-oriented communication via radio frequency (RF) in sub-GHz ISM bands. One major research challenge in the IoT lies in streaming and processing large amount of sensor data to provide timely and accurate information. The combination of cloud computing and IoT enables ubiquitous sensing and powerful processing of sensor data streams. In the project, the student will work and investigate one or more of the following directions:

  • Real-time Performance Analysis of IQRF®
  • Similarity Analysis of different IoT Systems
  • Use-case Applications
  • Simulation of IQRF® in MATLAB
  • Comparison of Simulation with Real-Lab experiments.
  • IoT in the Industrial Domain - Electric Power Engineering or Civil Engineering

The project will also involve close collaboration with industry in a strong consortium on IoT for smart cities. Further specification of the topic and project plan will be done in collaboration with the selected candidate.

Requirements and Qualifications

We seek a highly-motivated individual who

  • Hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, or other relevant disciplines, with an average of B or better.
  • Has a strong applied electrical background and a research-oriented master thesis in a related field, e.g., wireless systems, signal processing or radios.
  • Has a strong experience with programming (matlab, c++, java, c#, etc)

The successful candidate should be creative, independent, self-motivated, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines will be considered an advantage but is not a requirement.

Applicants must be qualified for admission to a PhD study program at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language should provide evidence of good written and spoken English language skills. The following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

All candidates must be able to secure a residency and work permit in Norway. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices.


The appointment is made in accordance with the regulations of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants must participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The candidate appointed must comply with the regulations for employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.

Applicants must be qualified for admission to a PhD study program at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

We can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges in a cross-disciplinary team
  • attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1017 Research fellow, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436 900 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

To Apply

Applications will be processed through this page. The application must include (in electronic form):

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focus of the position.
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach (2 -3 pages).
  • CV with list of publications (if any)
  • Relevant transcript of grades, diplomas, and certificates
  • A description of Master thesis work (1 page)
  • At least two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s), with contact details
  • Certificate documenting English language proficiency (any one of the following: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)).

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.

Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page. Preferably, all attachments should be combined into a single file.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

For further information

Please contact Professor Mohammad Derawi, e-mail: or Head of Research Group, Halgeir Leiknes, e-mail:

Deadline for applications: 2018-05-20.

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Gjøvik
  • Place of service Gjøvik
  • Jobbnorge ID 151399
  • Internal ID 2018/11229
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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