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We offer a dynamic and international work environment with about 200 employees from more than 20 countries, and with extensive national and international research collaborations with academia, industry and society.

The department provides about 100 courses, of which most are included in the Master’s Programs ”Biomedical Engineering”, “Electric Power Engineering”, ”Systems, Control and Mechatronics” and ”Communication Engineering”.


Information about the research
The Internet and the overall development of the digital information society is supported by the optical networks as the underlying critical comunication infrastructure. To enable the digital evolution and the emerging network services with stringent performance requirements, optical networks need to be programmable, flexible, agile and secure. To this end, the network should maintain a high degree of situational awareness and self-adaptability.

This project will investigate the achievable levels of secure and automated operation of optical networks by addressing the related theoretical and practical challenges. Cognitive network management based on data analytics and machine learning techniques will be at the center of this project. Security-enhancing optical network design and autonomous incident remediation mechanisms will be developed to guarantee security, privacy and trust. Multi-domain and multi-layer networking aspects will be investigated towards achieving end-to-end trustworthiness. Besides devising the novel solutions fundamental for achieving situational awareness and self-defense from malicious attacks targeting optical-layer security vulnerabilities, the project will also develop a framework for demonstrating and verifiying the autonomous optical network operation.

Major responsibilities
Your major responsibility as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research in major journals and conferences.  Most of the research will be conducted in cross-disciplinary teams. In addition to the research responsibilities, the position includes teaching or other departmental duties of about 10 percent of full time.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

The applicant should have a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computing, Engineering Physics, or equivalent, with excellent knowledge of communication networks and mathematical modeling. High grades in the core courses are required (we generally accept only the top 10% of students, from well-ranked universities). Skills in mathematical modeling and analysis are essential. Experience in optical communications is not required, but you should have an interest in applying your skills to optical systems. Good communication skills and fluency in English are essential, as are good programming skills. Previous experiences in research, publications, and teaching are also advantageous.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Our offer to you
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Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190322 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 1 st of May - 2020

The applications will be continuously screened and evaluated, so applicants are encouraged to submit applications at the earliest convenience.

For questions, please contact:
Assist. Prof. Marija Furdek,
Communication Systems,

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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