PhD Researchers in 6G Bricks; Building Blocks for Open Disaggregated 6G Radio Access Networks

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Electrical Engineering

The research group WAVECORE in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of KU Leuven focuses on wireless communication fundamentals and systems. Within WAVECORE, the Networked Systems research unit covers research on several fields of wireless networking such as Cell-Free Massive MIMO, Non-terrestrial Networks, Internet of Things, Joint Communication and Sensing, Machine Learning-based Signal Processing as well as Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer. We offer a vibrant research team consisting of multiple nationalities and PhD researchers with a passion for experiments, theory, or analysis. Together, we creatively innovate wireless communication technology. We care about sustainability in all our innovations.


6G networks, currently only existing conceptually, are envisioned as portals to a fully digitized society, where the physical and virtual world are blended via boundless Extended Reality (XR), and also as an enabler for the Digital and Green transformation of the European Industries. To support this vision, the network capacity must be increased at least by an order of magnitude, while infrastructures must be transformed into a very dense continuum. Thus, academia and industry have shifted their attention to the investigation of a new generation of Smart Networks and infrastructures. It is clear that to win this race towards shaping the next generation communication ecosystem, a new generation of testbed infrastructures and breakthrough research and technology development is needed needed, as well as a new generation of testbeds to support future research initiative. 
At KU Leuven, we are part of a large European initiative, 6G BRICKS, that aims to build a new 6G research facility. One of the core test beds of this facilities, focusing on distributed and disaggregation of the 6G Radio Access Network, will be established at KU Leuven. This testbed will be rich environment for cooperations, and validating the brightest ideas on a state-of-the-art Software Defined Radio (SDR) test facility. 
The goal of this research project is to focus on synchronisation of the different distributed SDR nodes. While synchronisation of radios and clocks is known, it is not know today how to do it in a scalable or sustainable way. Without proper synchronisation, our future generation networks will not function as they could . 
The main opportunities in this project are, next to working in a state-of-the-art research lab, the cooperation with industry and academia in Europe, but also beyond, on the new wave called 6G. 


We are looking for highly motivated PhD researchers with interest in both analysis as experiments. The applicant should have a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Telecommunication Engineering and should meet the minimum eligibility criteria for a PhD at KU Leuven, namely having exceptional grades as well as proficiency in English. The applicant should have a background in wireless communication, embedded systems and networking. Additionally, the applicant should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an international team. 


  • We offer a PhD scholarship up to four years (subject to positive intermediate evaluations). If the applicant is non-EER, also up to 1 year pre-doc will be supported.  

  • An exciting research environment, working on the intersection between theory and implementation, in a very multi-disciplinary research environment 

  • A PhD title from a highly ranked university (after approximately 4 years of successful research) 

  • A thorough scientific education, the possibility to become a world-class researcher 

  • A KU Leuven affiliation, one of the largest research universities of Europe 

  • The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations 


For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Sofie Pollin, tel.: +32 16 32 10 51, mail: or Mr. Hazem Sallouha, tel.: +32 16 37 62 43, mail:

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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: November 30, 2022
  • Tags: Elektrotechniek
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