USA : Graduate Research Assistants in the area of Wireless Communications Systems

Job Title: PhD Position in Wireless Communications, at TCOM Dept. of the School of Electrical and Commuter Engineering, University of Oklahoma (Tulsa Campus), USA.
Description: Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD position (Graduate Research Assistants) in the area of Wireless Communications Systems with focus on Self-Organizing Networks (SON) www.qson.org . The desired start date is Spring/Fall-2015.
RESEARCH OUTLINE:
The candidate is expected to pursue research in area of SON in context of next generation heterogeneous cellular systems. The focus will remain on the radio access side of the cellular networks. The objective is to investigate novel theoretical as well heuristic SON solutions that will help to enhance performance of emerging and next generation cellular systems in terms of capacity, QoS, energy efficiency and economy of deployment and operation. To this end candidate will propose, develop and investigate new advanced mechanisms and algorithms within following themes:
– Enabling SON: e.g. minimization of drive test, autonomous estimation of KPIs at BSs.
– Self-configuration: e.g.  Automatic configuration of neighbor relationship list, radio frequency.
– Self-Optimization: e.g. Automatic optimization of antenna parameters, self-optimization cell sizes for energy savings.
– Self-Healing: e.g. Cell outage detection, root cause analysis and compensation mechanism design.
– Self–Coordination:  Solutions to avoid parametric and objective based conflicts among multiple concurrently operational SON algorithms.
– Empowering SON through Big Data: Exploiting data analytics to shift SON from reactive to pro-active paradigm.
– The candidate will have the opportunity to be part of an international research project QSON (www.qson.org). The project consortium consists of teams from University of Oklahoma, USA; University of Surrey, UK, CTTC, Spain; university of Leeds, UK and QMIC, Qatar.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Applicants should hold a degree (preferably master level) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Applied Mathematics, or similar fields by the time of joining. The candidates should have excellent grades and very good skills in oral and written communication. Key requirements that will be used as selection criteria include
Essential:
  • Strong background and interest in at least one of the following disciplines:

  • Mathematical Modeling & Optimization Theory

  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

  • Operations Research

  • Big Data Analytics

  • Command on radio access architecture of cellular systems, notably LTE/LTE-A.

  • Ability to work in self-motivated manner.

    Desirable:

  • Ability to develop and run sophisticated simulation models e.g. in Matlab or C++

How to Apply:

The position is available from spring 2015. Interested candidates are requested to send a detailed CV (including the names of at least three referees), transcript of records (stating the relevant taught courses taken), 1-2 page research statement (summarizing how their past work provides them the background for research in SON) to ali.imran@ou.edu (www.ali-imra.org ) with subject ‘OU-GRA-2015’. The CV should include GRE scores (and TOEFL/IELTS scores if international).  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

ABOUT OU:  The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a large residential, research university in the state of Oklahoma, with approximately 30000 student enrollment out which 10000 post graduate students and 3000 staff. The university consists of fifteen colleges, including 152 majors. The OU is ranked first per capita among public universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and among the top ten in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars. PC Magazine and the Princeton Review rated it one of the “20 Most Wired Colleges” in both 2006 and 2008, while the Carnegie Foundation classifies it as a research university with “very high research activity’’. In 2011, the University of Oklahoma was ranked among the top 50 public universities in USA by U.S. News & World Report. The 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranked OU 101st among “National Universities.”

ABOUT SECE at OU: The School of Electrical and Commuter Engineering at OU conducts research and education in the fields of electrical engineering, Communications, Computer Systems, Bioengineering, Electric Power Systems, Electric Vehicle Research, Electromagnetics, Image Processing, Intelligent Systems, Instrumentation and Control Systems, Sensor Electronics, Signal Processing, Solid State Devices and Materials, Telecommunications Engineering, Weather Radar.

About TCOM program at OU: The Graduate Program in Telecommunication Engineering (http://www.ou.edu/coe/tcom.html) is part of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the College of Engineering and is offered at Tulsa campus of OU. The program has on average enrollment of 50 postgraduate students half of which are PhD students. The program has averaged more than one patent every year over the last ten years of its existence. The research is funded by international, national and state funding agencies and private enterprises.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 30 September 2014

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