Tuesday, April 7, 2009

PhD Studentship in Architectures and Network Coding for Enterprise and Home Networks, University of Swansea [UK]

The Institute of Advanced Telecommunications within the School of Engineering at Swansea University wishes to invite applications for a prestigious PhD Studentship to work on the EPSRC/Mobile VCE Core-5 research programme entitled Green Radio.
This prestigious studentship in Architectures and Network Coding for Enterprise and Home Networks is available now to UK, EU and overseas applicants.

Green Radio is one of three exciting and innovative research programmes sponsored by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (www.epsrc.ac.uk) and the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence in Mobile & Personal Communications (www.mobilevce.com) as part of its Core-5 research programme. Green Radio is an industry-led collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh, Bristol, Kings College London and Swansea. Given the World wide growth in the number of mobile subscribers and the increasing contribution of information technology to the overall energy consumption of the world, there is an urgent environmental need to reduce the energy requirements of radio access networks. From an operator perspective, reduced energy consumption translates directly to lower Operating Expenditure (OPEX). These are the key drivers of the Green Radio programme. Both wide area public networks (traditionally “cellular”) and local area private networks (traditionally “wireless LAN”) will be considered, recognising that the structure of a Green Radio Network may differ from today’s radio networks.

Project Definition:
In this project you would investigate architectures and network coding strategies for enterprise and home networks in order to minimise energy consumption while satisfying users’ QoS requirements. Your role would therefore be to consider how to integrate network coding with other signalling techniques that area used in current as well as future enterprise and home networks. The proposed network coding schemes will be implemented in the software protocol stack of the 802.11 standard in order to demonstrate the validity of theoretically predicted energy savings.

You should hold a 1st class Honours degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or a closely related discipline. Preference will be given to applicants who hold a related master’s degree at distinction level. The studentship would also suit mature individuals with relevant industrial experience. For UK and EU applicants, the studentship will cover the full university tuition fees and provide a minimum starting stipend of £12,940 pa. In respect of overseas applicants, the studentship will cover the full university tuition fees including the overseas contribution and provide a minimum starting stipend of £12,940 pa. Minimum stipends are fixed annually by EPSRC. The scholarship is available now and must be taken up before 1st June 2009. For informal enquiries please contact Professor Tim O’Farrell (t.ofarrell[ at ]swansea.ac.uk)

Prospective applicants are invited to follow the University’s application procedures as detailed online at:

Please mark your application form “EPSRC/MVCE Studentship Green Radio” in the space for funding organisation and highlight the project you wish to apply for, in order of preference, in the section additional supporting information. Applications submitted without an up to date CV and suitable referees will not be considered.

Application closing date: Friday 17 April 2009.