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PhD Studentship in Wireless Communications - Design of Sustainable Cloud Radio Access Networks

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Ikhlef
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD Studentship in Wireless Communications. The research project is “Design of Sustainable Cloud Radio Access Networks”. The main focus of the appointment will be on the development of optimised designs of the cloud radio access network with energy harvesting capabilities.


• Perform high-quality research in the bespoke research project under the guidance of the supervisory team.
• Meet the members of the supervisory team on a regular basis.
• Write up the results of the research activity and present research papers and publications at meetings and conferences, as advised by the supervisors.
• To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.
• Widen personal knowledge in the research area and undertake complementary training.
• Use initiative and creativity to deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.

The Requirements


• A good first degree in Communications, Electronics or Electrical Engineering.
• Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings.
• Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• A good command of English language, with excellent oral and written skills


• A Masters degree in Communications Communications, Electronics or Electrical Engineering.
• A demonstrable ability or potential to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
• Experience in massive MIMO systems, energy harvesting, channel estimation, cloud radio access networks, convex optimisation, and programming, e.g., MATLAB.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities with strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people’s lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. The University provides a range of benefits including pension and childcare benefits and the University’s Relocation Manager can assist with potential schooling requirements.

Durham University seeks to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment for work and study that assists all members of our University community to reach their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from across the international, national and regional communities that we work with and serve.

The Department

The Department of Engineering is one of the very best UK engineering department with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked 4th in the Guardian and 5th in the Complete University Guide 2018 in the UK for General Engineering, this dynamic Department of Engineering is an excellent place in which to join our leading research in Wireless Communications.

How to Apply

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Aissa Ikhlef (email: [Email Address Removed]). All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

To apply formally for this studentship, applicants should submit an application using the online system found at

The position is only open to UK/EU applicants due to funding. This UK/EU studentship is fully funded for 3.5 years with a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate (£14,777 for 2018/19). Early applications are strongly encouraged as the position will be filled when a suitable candidate is identified. The successful applicant will, ideally, be in post by 1 November 2018.

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