Postdoc in Communication Theory for 6G Networks

Royal Institute of Technology School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Postdoc in Communication Theory for 6G Networks

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at KTH

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Job description

Wireless technology has evolved over five generations, but the need for higher efficiency and reliability is never-ending. Our 6G research goal is to identify new groundbreaking communication schemes that can enable tomorrow’s wireless applications and services. In this postdoc project, you will contribute to the 6G theory formation and establish yourself at the international forefront. Some possible research areas are physically large antenna arrays, cell-free networks, intelligent reflecting surfaces, terahertz communication and wireless sensing. We believe a successful postdoc period builds on your current skills but also expands them by targeting new problems and using new methods. Depending on your interest, it is possible to work in the cross-disciplinary SUCCESS research project:

The research will focus on the physical layer but can also cover aspects of the media access control and network layers. Methods from communication theory, signal processing, electromagnetics, optimization, machine learning, and networking will play an important role. However, we are not looking for antenna engineers.

The research will be carried out at the Division of Communication Systems at the EECS school, under the supervision of Prof. Emil Björnson (IEEE Fellow). The division is located at the campus in Stockholm Kista, across the road from world-leading telecommunication companies.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future.
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international, and dynamic working environment.
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • A competitive salary and research environment with close ties to the industry.
  • Possibility to practice co-supervision of doctoral students within your area of research. 
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  •  A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Research proficiency proven by publishing at least three articles in scientific journals that belong to the top tier in your area.
  • Good knowledge of the English language, both orally and in writing as required in the daily work. 

Preferred qualifications

  •  A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline.
  • We also consider applicants that anticipate obtaining their doctoral degree within the next six months, but the degree must be received before the employment decision can be made.
  • We are looking for a motivated researcher with good collaboration skills who can work independently, contribute to the research group with new knowledge and co-supervision, being a good educator and a role model for doctoral students. Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills are a requirement.
  • The research is expected to use methodology from signal processing, communication theory, wave propagation, and machine learning. Documented experience in conducting research in these areas is commendable, particularly by having published at least three articles in top-tier scientific journals (IEEE transactions or equivalent).
  • For KTH and the research group, awareness of diversity, gender equality, and equal treatment issues are important.   

Great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Trade union representatives

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Log into KTH's recruitment system in order to apply to this position. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

The application must include:

  1. CV including relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  2. Copy of diplomas and grades from your previous university studies. Translations into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages.
  3. A brief account of why you want to conduct research, your academic interests within the scope of the research project, and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. Max two pages long.
  4. A list of your five most meritorious scientific articles. For each article, you must briefly explain in what way your article proves your scientific skills and what you contributed to the article. At least three of the articles must be published in scientific journals belonging to the top tier of your field (see the list of requirements above). 

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than the last day of application, midnight CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, three years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


Striving towards gender equality, diversity and equal conditions is both a question of quality for KTH and a given part of our values.

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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment As agreed
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 2
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number J-2022-1625
Emil Björnson,
Anna Olanås Jansson,
Published 22.Jun.2022
Last application date 09.Aug.2022 11:59 PM CEST
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