Joining our Group

The group is currently actively looking for (i) PhD, (ii) Postdocs, (iii) Radio Experimentation Engineer candidates. We are generally interested in collaborating with passionate, skilled scientists in the following areas:

  • Communication systems
  • Information and communication theory
  • Signal processing and wireless networking
  • (Distributed) Optimization, game and team decision theory
  • Artificial intelligence, autonomous devices
  • Experimentation of the above

PhD research positions at EURECOM are offered within the limits of funding. Open (funded) positions will be announced here when available. However, if you think you have exceptional talents, feel free to contact me at any time.

Note for postdoc candidates: many countries (as well as the EU) offer postdoctoral scholarships to their citizens to promote research mobility and international exposure. These scholarships can be used to spend a postdoc at EURECOM if you receive an invitation from our lab. We strongly encourage this type of applications as well!

OPEN POSITIONS

In the context of a European Research Council (ERC) 5-year project on Smart Device Communications, the Communication Theory group within the Mobile Communications Dept. of EURECOM announces several open research positions at the PhD and Postdoc levels. Technical Context: The “PERFUME” project benefits from an “ERC Advanced” (European flagship) funding to investigate the so-called Smart Device Communications within the future Mobile Internet. Despite successes with past and current (5G) research, new paradigms leading to greater spectral efficiencies and intelligent network organizations will be in great demand to absorb the continuous growth in mobile data. Classical wireless design places the radio device under the tight control of the network. Pure network-centric designs, such as optical cloud-supported ones raise cost and security concerns and do not fit all deployment scenarios. More importantly these conventional approaches under-utilize growing local memory and computing capabilities at the device side (tablets, sensors, robotic objects such as wirelessly connected aerial drones etc.). Our project envisions a radically new approach to designing the mobile Internet, which taps into radio devices’ new capabilities. Our approach recasts devices as distributed computational nodes solving together multi-agent problems, allowing to maximize the network performance by exploiting local measurement and information exchange capabilities. The projects sets novel objectives such as understanding new information theory limits for systems with decentralized information, the development of novel device communication methods, jointly with so-called team decisional statistical signal processing algorithms. The project will demonstrate the gains associated with exploiting the devices’ collective, network friendly, intelligence in pushing the frontiers of mobile Internet performance. Expertise and skills: Several open positions for talented and passionate researchers are offered in areas at the frontiers of signal processing, communication theory, network information theory, game and optimization theory, artificial intelligence, as well as real-time implementation and experimentation. The specific required skillset depends on the particular position on offer.

LIST OF PHD AND POSTDOC POSITIONS

We offer the following set of positions, in no particular order:

  • Information theory of distributed coordinated systems (1 PhD position)
  • Holistic design of team decisional methods (1 postdoc position, 1 PhD position)
  • Machine learning methods for decentralized networks (1 PhD or postdoc position)
  • Device-centric cooperation in coordinated multi-point systems (1 PhD position)
  • Autonomous positioning aerial wireless drones (1 postdoc position, 1 PhD position)

RADIO EXPERIMENTATION ENGINEER/SCIENTIST POSITION

Want to combine radio and robotics? As PERFUME project also targets coordination across radio-equipped drones, we also offer a position on embedded eNodeB processing for drones. The candidate will be in both OAI (OpenAirInterface) team and PERFUME team at EURECOM. This part of the PERFUME project aims at embedding the OAI eNodeB and a COTS UE in a UAV (drone) which will provide 4G/5G coverage on-demand using an LTE backhaul. The candidate will focus on power and weight optimization of the hardware solution as well as embedding the current OAI stack on the proposed solution. He/she will work closely with another engineer specialized in promising drone technologies. Initial position is for 18 months with possible extension. Environment: EURECOM is a leading research lab and graduate school dedicated to ICTs, located in Europe’s premier high-tech park Sophia-Antipolis, in the heart of one of the world’s attractions, the French Riviera. The candidate will integrate a dynamic team of well recognized international researchers within communications systems, with expertise ranging from information theory to algorithm and system design to real time radio experimentation (visit OpenAirInterface for information on our open-source radio experimental platforms).

HOW TO APPLY

Do email me with the following complete information:

  • Motivation email
  • Full CV (especially showing your expertise in the field, either in the form of courses or projects, your grades and ranking in the courses of interest)
  • 2 or 3 References (people who have supervised you and would agree to send a recommendation letter).

Sorry: As many other professors, I receive more requests than what I can possibly handle. I apologize if you received a delayed answer or no answer at all.

SOME ADVICE ABOUT HOUSING

If you’re admitted as PhD or Postdoc, Eurecom can offer some help in securing initial housing. If you are coming from outside the region, the most likely solution for you will be to start with a student residence close to EURECOM, possibly moving elsewhere later.

SOME ADVICE ABOUT STARTING A CAREER IN RESEARCH

Hopefully you will get from the below some idea of why it might (or not) be a good idea for you to steer into a research career. The most frequently asked questions about PhD and a researcher’s career and their answers below only reflect my own views on the topic! If you have more questions, feel free to walk by my office…

What is research? You know you’ve done good research if only you have either

  • solved one of other people’s problems, or
  • convinced other people to adopt one of your problems.

Why do a PhD: FAQ

What career will the PhD introduce me to? Having a PhD is mandatory to start a career as an academic researcher (university prof, research director, etc.) and is strongly recommended in the case of a research engineer or if you want to manage a research lab in the industry. Of course, once with a Phd, many other routes can be followed later on, including high-tech entrepreneur etc.

Highlights of the researcher’s job?
  • Need passion for a scientific topic or set of scientific topics
  • Great flexibility in choosing your topic of work and way of working
  • High level of independence (like an artist with a monthly paycheck!)
  • Ability to create network of collaborators throughout the world
  • Travelling to conferences to present your findings
  • Coaching students and other researchers
  • Often these days, interacting with industry to obtain research contracts
  • Lower pay than business or industry professionals (hey, there is no free lunch!)
What skills does it require (or at least that are required in my group)?
  • Intellectual creativity
  • Passion
  • Scientific rigor
  • Patience and calm
  • Excellent (English) oral and written presentation skills
  • For students, a very good academic record in the courses related to the considered research topic
When do I start my PhD?

As early as right after your Masters of Science or equivalent engineer degree (in the same area as the PhD). A couple of years of experience in industry can be ok too.

When do I start thinking and preparing for my PhD?

Assuming you have the skills above (or most of them) the limiting factor to start your PhD is to find funding to cover your salary. Getting funding involves finding a supervisor and a topic first. The process above may take up to a year (and no less than a couple of months) so it is a good idea to go discuss with a potential supervisor as soon as possible so he/she can start the fund raising process.

How do I pick my topic?

You need to choose between a fundamental research topic or an applied, industry related topic. The final topic is the result of a discussion between you and the supervisor. The topics I offer cover problems in signal processing, communications theory and wireless networking.

How long will it last?

Usually, no less than 2.5 years, no more than 4 years (in France), most likely 3 years or 3.5 years.

Do I need to teach during the PhD?

At EURECOM, normally not. You simply do your research, as a professional. You will follow some courses, and may wish to help with some teaching here and there if you are interested.

What are the requirements to obtain the degree?

You’re expected to collect enough findings within your topic to be able to publish 1-2 journal papers and 2-4 conference papers. There is no grade. It is by the number of publications and more importantly by their scientific impact (how many other researchers read and refer to them) that you will be judged. You must summarize your results in a report and “defend” orally your PhD in front of a jury. The challenge is not to obtain the degree, it is make yourself visible in the research community in order to start your career.