Senior 5G Research Engineer

The Mobile and Wireless Internet (MWI) group at i2CAT is looking for a senior researcher to lead a Spanish R&D project focused on beyond 5G/6G network technologies to support future Extended Reality (

The Mobile and Wireless Internet (MWI) group at i2CAT is looking for a senior researcher to lead a Spanish R&D project focused on beyond 5G/6G network technologies to support future Extended Reality (XR) applications and metaverse services. More information on the MWI group can be found here:

XR/Metaverse is one of the critical services envisioned for beyond 5G/6G networks. 3GPP has recognised this need and is developing network extensions to provide better support for XR services (e.g. 3GPP TS 26.118). The selected researcher will coordinate a national project called 6GOPENVERSO-NETWORK (TSI-063000-2021-2) that develops network enhancements for XR applications, including:

  • Development of XR-edge technologies, allowing XR headsets and capture infrastructures to offload critical processing functions towards the network
  • XR bidirectional awareness, allowing the 3GPP network to recognise and appropriately prioritise at different layers the XR traffic
  • Use of sub-THz/THz to implement joint sensing and communication technologies with a focus on XR services

As part of its work in the 6GOPENVERSO-NETWORK project the selected researcher will:

  • Lead and coordinate the technical work from i2CAT in the project
  • Act as the project technical manager coordinating the technical inputs of other partners
  • Act as liasion with the 6GOPENVERSO-SERVICES project, which is a sister national project developing XR services. This project is led by the Media Internet group at i2CAT, with whom the selected researcher is expected to have a close collaboration

As part of its role of senior researcher in the MWI group, the selected candidate is expected to:

  • Be the reference person in terms of XR networking
  • Lead preparation of Horizon Europe proposals related to XR networking
  • Coordinate the work of interns and junior team members
  • Lead paper publications and paper generations
  • Lead development of network prototypes

Funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU

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.

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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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Minimum requeriments:

  • PhD in communication networks
  • Proven research track in 5G technologies
  • Familiar with 3GPP standards. Proven experience in RAN architecture focusing on MAC and above (PDCP, RLC, MAC)
  • Familiar with O-RAN architecture
  • Experience in developing network prototypes
  • Good publication record
  • Previous participation in collaborative projects, e.g. H2020

Desired requeriments:

  • Proven experience on XR applications
  • Experience as technical coordinator or WP leader in collaborative R&D projects
  • Experience with network simulators like ns3
  • Experience working with 5G R&D development frameworks, e.g.: OpenAirInterface, srsLTE, Amarisoft, open5gs, magma, etc
  • Proven experience developing with major programming languages: C/C++, Python, Java

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