Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, Electrical & Information Technology

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top universities. The University has around 45 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset.

Subject description

The research area of the doctoral student deals with millimetre-wave Massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, a key technique for beyond 5G communication. More specifically, the subject is digital baseband processing and its efficient implementation for mmWave Massive MIMO, including methodologies for development of baseband processing algorithms, integrated electronic circuits, and demonstration system using FPGA.

The PhD student will cooperate in an EU ECSEL Joint Undertaking project BEYOND5. BEYOND5 has 37 partners from academia and industry, covers all levels of the value chain including foundries, system and architecture, Building the fully European supply chain on RFSOI, enabling New RF Domains for Sensing, Communication, 5G and beyond circuit IP design, package, antennas, system integration, demo, and end users. BEYOND5 involves 3 pilot lines and will build 6 demonstrators. 

Work duties

The research will be in the area of algorithm development and digital hardware implementation for mmWave massive MIMO. The targeted application is in-cabin communication for modern aircraft. The focus will be on how to exploit mmWave massive MIMO features, the in-cabin environment, and advances in machine learning to simplify the hardware and thus reduce power consumption. The PhD student will work together with other PhD students locally and other partners on an FPGA platform for the in-flight connectivity demo and on FD-SOI technology for efficient digital IPs.

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).

Admission requirements 

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if he or she:

  • has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
  • has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
  • has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Electrical Engineering if he or she has:

  • at least 60 second-cycle credits in subjects of relevance to electrical engineering, or
  • a MSc degree in biomedical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering mathematics, nanoengineering, engineering physics or information and communications engineering.

Additional requirements:

  • Good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Experience in design and implementation of digital integrated circuits.
  • Experience in development of prototype systems using FPGA and/or software-defined radio platforms with high-level synthesis.
  • Good knowledge of wireless communication, particularly MIMO and massive MIMO systems.
  • Good understanding of digital signal processing for wireless communication.

Assessment criteria

Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills relevant to the thesis project and the subject of study.
  2. An assessment of ability to work independently and to formulate and tackle research problems.
  3. Written and oral communication skills.
  4. Other experience relevant to the third-cycle studies, e.g. professional experience.

Other assessment criteria:

  • Courses and master's thesis in design of digital integrated circuits.
  • Experience in design and implementation of (both FPGA and ASIC) digital baseband processing for wireless systems.
  • Experience in CAD-tool/system for digital integrated circuits, using high-level synthesis.
  • Knowledge of analogue transceiver architecture and components will be a beneficial asset.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.

Terms of employment 

Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position
First day of employment As soon as possible
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/1587
  • Liang Liu,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 29.Apr.2022
Last application date 19.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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