One Fully Funded Ph.D. Position in the area of AI-based methods for Network Customisation

University College Dublin


February 17, 2022

Job overview


The explosive growth of global mobile data traffic presents an urgent need to engineer wireless ICT systems to deliver on sustainable power and energy consumption. Although such green ICT systems certainly require energy-efficient components at all network levels, much of the wasteful energy expenditure is due to poor resource management and more importantly a mindset of offering high data rates at any cost. This calls for more efficient and intelligent end-to-end power management policies.

The evolving open RAN (ORAN) systems provide additional design flexibility which has huge potential to address the critical high energy consumption issue in current wireless networks. ORAN is built upon the concepts of open interfaces, open hardware, and open source. Thus, ORAN allows operators and 3rd parties to deploy their own innovative solutions, which was previously impossible in a vendor-dependent environment as existing RANs. A key feature of ORAN is the RAN intelligent controller (RIC) which can run ML/AI tools to optimize the radio resource management.

The position:

Applications are invited for a PhD position with the Communications & Signal Processing Group at University College Dublin, which is Ireland's No. 1 university for graduate studies with a vibrant student life and a very strong university incubation program for commercialisation of research. The PhD student will also be part of CONNECT, the SFI Research Centre for Future Networks & Communications, and thus have opportunities to collaborate with reputed researchers across 10 Irish Higher Education Institutes. The work generally involves developing and implementing RIC algorithms to optimize the energy efficiency of ORAN systems with a view to demonstrate their performance in simulators/testbeds available in CONNECT.


The Ph.D. positions are funded by a scholarship from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). The scholarship covers PhD fees and includes a tax-free stipend of €18,500 per annum for four years. Conference allowances are also included in the scholarship.

Who Should Apply:

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical, Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering (or a related discipline), and should possess strong mathematical, analytical and programming skills. In particular, excellent background in communication theory and signal processing algorithms are also expected. Some background in mathematical programming and working with testbeds for wireless network is a plus. Applicants should also meet UCD's minimum English language requirements.

How to Apply:

Applications consisting of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and academic transcripts should be sent to Dr Nam Tran ( The PhD position is open until filled but the successful candidates are expected to start no later than 1st May 2022.