PhD position for 6GSMART project

  • Spain
  • December 24, 2021

Topic: Time Sensitive Network (TSN) over wireless networks in industrial environments. The focus of the PhD consists in proposing and evaluating extensions to the 5GNR to support time sensitive serv

Topic: Time Sensitive Network (TSN) over wireless networks in industrial environments.
The focus of the PhD consists in proposing and evaluating extensions to the 5GNR to support time sensitive services. TSN support is an important topic being considered in the standardization of 5GNR in 3GPP release 17.
In industrial environments, there are many use cases where communications between different elements must comply with strict timing requirements (e.g. safety systems or closed-loop regulatory systems). Modern wired networking solutions are capable of carrying that kind of time-sensitive data. However, wiring potentially thousands of sensors and actuators in future industry environments is costly, and many times even unfeasible (e.g. flammable, explosive, or very hot environments). This is why wireless technologies are starting to become a firm candidate for enabling communications within industrial processes, even though the nature of wireless channels raises many challenges to the implementation of the concept of time-sensitive networking. These are the type of challenges this project will tackle. In this sense, the selected candidate will carry out a PhD at the Mobile Wireless Internet group in i2CAT, Barcelona. The topic of the PhD is “Time Sensitive Network (TSN) over wireless networks in industrial environments”, and is funded by the 6GSMART project (TSI-063000-2021-9) under the Spanish UNICO program.


The objectives of the PhD include:

1) Definition of protocol extensions to enable Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) over 3GPP 5GNR networks.
2) Integration of wireless TSN hops in end-to-end IEEE 802.1 TSN networks in factory environments.
3) Definition and evaluation of MAC level scheduling algorithm development to guarantee SLA of TSN flows over wireless TSN links.
4) Design of a management framework for joint setup of TSN flows in hybrid wired-wireless environments
The expected outcomes of the PhD include:
1) Development of an ns3 based simulation environment supporting TSN extensions over 5GNR in representative factory environments.
2) Definition and evaluation of TSN scheduling algorithms and protocol extensions
3) Prototyping and evaluation in testbed environments
4) Publications in top-tier conferences/journals
5) Patents/standardization contributions with industrial advisors

The selected candidate will be jointly mentored by a UPC professor and a senior researcher from i2CAT.


Who we are:

The i2CAT Foundation is a non-profit research and innovation center that promotes mission-driven R&D activities on advanced Internet architectures, applications, and services. More than 15 years of international research define our expertise in the fields of 5G, IoT, VR, and Immersive Technologies, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, AI, and Digital Social Innovation. The center partners with companies, public administration, academia, and end-users to leverage this knowledge in order to meet real social and business challenges.

The greatest value of i2CAT is the talent of the people who make up our human team. We enjoy a team of people from more than 13 different nationalities and work every day to create and foster a work environment where we all feel comfortable creating, innovating and growing.

Want to know more? Visit our webpage! www.i2cat.net


What do we offer?

  • Work from our offices or from home, whichever works best for you. We ask for two days in person at the office to coordinate with the rest of the team.
  • This is a full time vacancy
  • You will have a flexible work schedule so that you can reconcile your personal life with the professional one.
  • Intensive hours every Friday of the year and every day in July and August
  • Fix + variable salary
  • Possibility of receiving part of your remuneration in kind (restaurant, transport, nursery or medical insurance)
  • 25 working days of annual leave (the common 22 + 3 additional ones)
  • You can access the UPC gym at a reduced price
  • We have fruit in the office to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • If you are interested, you can participate in events of your sector.
  • You will work with a laptop. You can choose your work environment, Mac, Linux or Windows.
  • You can ask us for training of your interest.
  • We will work so that you have a career plan to promote your growth and development.


Where will you do it?

At i2CAT we already have an established telework policy for some time. You can work from home or from the office, whichever suits you best. We ask that you attend the office two days per week, one to stay connected with the team and the other one to establish relations.

If you decide to come to the office, we are located in Zona Universitària, next to the Campus Nord of the UPC, within a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment. It is a very well connected area (metro, tram, bus) with bars and restaurants around.

Our offices are designed with an open-office concept where everything is light and transparency (we do not have opaque rooms). We have a variety of workspaces so that you don’t have to be at the same table all day.

i2CAT is an organization committed to equal opportunities. That is why we seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourage the female collective to apply.

i2CAT is an organization committed to diversity and we seek to increase the number of people with disabilities in our team.

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Required education level: Graduate

Degree: Masters Degree Speciality: Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, or Computer Science

Additional required academic training:

  • Understanding of 3GPP technologies
  • Understanding of IP and Ethernet networking
  • Analytical thinking
  • C/C++ programming
  • Linux administration skills


Required language skills (oral, reading, writing):

The selected candidate must be fluent in English.

Spanish or Catalan are considered a plus


Desired requeriments:

  • Preliminary experience working with network computer simulations (e.g. ns3, matlab)
  • Preliminary experience in applying research methodology during Master’s Thesis
  • Preliminary experience in developing analytical models to research problems
  • Preliminary experience working on Ethernet TSN

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