Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications


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Post-Doctoral Research Grant- BPD Nº 2021/00006
Funding Reference Number:
BPD Nº 2021/00006- JoCoNet
(1) Post-Doctoral Research Grant (“Bolsa de Pós-Doutoramento”) is open at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of project JocoNet – Joint Optimization of Computing and Networking. The work for this position is in the general area of wireless networking, with emphasis on next generations 5G and beyond, network optimization, and heterogeneous networking.
Scientific Area:
Networks and Services
Telecommunications and Networking – Av
Admission Requirements:
Ph.D. degree in informatics, telecommunications engineering, or equivalent, with proven background and experience in networking and telecommunications, specifically 5G and beyond, and the application of network virtualization principles therein. The candidate must show knowledge and hands-on experience in cloud telco, orchestration and also virtualization platforms such as OpenStack. The PhD degree must have been obtained in the three years prior to the date of submission of this scholarship application.
Work Objectives:
The candidate will work on new mechanisms integrating network and cloud computing mechanisms, with the latter supporting intrinsic procedures that usually are handled by specific network nodes or stacks. The work will: i) explore the necessary enhancements to be done to existing virtualization and compute mechanisms, in order to support different networking procedures (from both the perspective of the network and the end-user terminals or services) in a dynamic, performant and adaptative way, and ii) integrate with optimization algorithms that support the location of services (e.g., edge or elsewhere), the resources allocated to different users/devices, SLA’s and other requirements.
The candidate will be required to study the state-of-the-art, understand the requirements of the system, and help in the design of the overall system architecture. The candidate will then proceed to implement a proof of concept of the novel network-supportive cloud computing mechanisms and its integration with a to-be existing optimization algorithm. The candidate will be required to implement virtualized infrastructure management and orchestration mechanisms, considering enhancements over existing deployments, such as OpenStack and OSM, over a Linux infrastructure. The candidate will be required to deploy such mechanisms in conjunction with a commercial-graded 5G mobile network, and a national research institute-level datacenter.
The candidate will be required to submit at least two papers: one conference paper and one journal article, to venues, agreed on by their supervisors. The papers have to be of high quality.
Applicable legislation:
A fellowship will be celebrated according to the regulations defined by FCT, “Regulation of Instituto de Telecomunicações’ fellowships” and “Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação”, according to Law no. 40/2004, dated August 18 (Status of Scientific Research Fellow), in its actual redaction, and also by Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia. For direct access to the FCT RBI go to the following link (Reg. 950/2019, published in the DR of 16 December).
Place of work:
The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações at Aveiro, under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Corujo and Prof. Rui Aguiar.
6 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: January 2021 or soon thereafter.
Monthly salary:
1,616.00€ according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by FCT for positions held in Portugal ( ). The payment will be made by bank transfer.
Selection criteria:
  • C1 (40%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (50%)
    Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan
  • C3 (10%)
    Fluency in oral and written English

Each criteria, and the final classification F will be evaluated in a scale (0-20). The candidates will be ordered according to:
F = C1 x 40% + C2 x 50% + C3 x 10%
In case of a tie, the tied candidates will be ordered according to C1, then C2...
The Jury has the right to not admit any of the candidates that applied for this position whenever they consider that no candidate meets the minimum requirements for the position.
  • Prof. Daniel Nunes Corujo, Universidade de Aveiro (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Ayman Mohamed Metwally Radwan, Instituto de Telecomunicacoes Aveiro
  • Prof. Rui Luis Andrade Aguiar, Universidade de Aveiro
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Aveiro. The selected candidate will be notified by email.
Required Documents:
Motivation letter explaining the interest in the position, Detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts and degree certificate. Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form.
After the notification of the results, candidates have 10 working days if they wish to contest the decision.
E-mail submissions will not be considered. (The cover letter and the CV are mandatory documents in the online application platform)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Academic degrees obtained abroad require recognition by a Portuguese institution under the terms of Decree-Law no. 66/2018, of 16 August and Ordinance No. 33/2019, of 25 January. The presentation of the certificate is mandatory for signing the contract. More information can be obtained at:

All the selection process is conducted through the IT web portal. No actions outside this platform are valid.
Application Period:
11-01-2021 to 22-01-2021
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