Research Fellow (electrical engineering, computer science)

 Technische Universität Dresden  Dresden

 At TU Dresden, the Cluster of Excellence ‘Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden’ (cfaed) offers a fixed-term position as
Research Fellow
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
Research area:
Design of a reliable and efficient communication primitive for
ultra-low power wireless embedded systems  
cfaed Investigators:
Dr. Marco Zimmerling
cfaed research path:
Resilience Path
the position starts as soon as possible and is fixed-term to 31.10.2017. Subject to the continued third-party funding of the cluster after 2017, the extension of the contract may be possible. The period of employment is governed by § 2 Fixed-Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).
Position and Requirements
We are currently building up the new “Networked Embedded Systems Group” with the long-term vision to build highly reliable and efficient wireless communication and runtime systems for realizing dependable Cyber-Physical Systems – the computing revolution of the 21st century. Low-power wireless technology promises reduced costs, improved safety, and unprecedented flexibility. Current low-power wireless primitives, however, do not fully exploit the broadcast nature of wireless, which limits their performance and reliability. The goal of this PhD research is to design a communication primitive for ultra-low power wireless embedded systems that overcomes this limitation. The successful candidate will: systematically analyze the reliability and efficiency of synchronous wireless transmissions depending on network, radio, packet, and physical-layer characteristics; design a novel low-power wireless primitive based on the developed understanding; build a real prototype of this primitive in state-of-the-art hardware and/or software.
We aim at attracting the best talent in the respective research fields and look for: a university Master’s degree (or equivalent) and an outstanding performance in a field related to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; a proven strong background in wireless communications and signal processing; experience in hardware/RF design and low-level programming in C; ideally experience with FPGAs, software-defined radios, and embedded systems; highly motivated to work on challenging research problems for several years, and to publish the original results at top-tier international conferences and scientific journals; very good interpersonal and communication skills; in particular, the ability to effectively work in collaborative research efforts; an independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude; inter- and multidisciplinary thinking; strong motivation and interest to join one of the most ambitious interdisciplinary research clusters; fluency in English - written and oral.
What we offer
You will join a team of enthusiastic scientists who pursue creatively their individual research agenda inspired by the cluster’s innovative approach and support. Your PhD research will be fostered by the cfaed philosophy to promote young researchers which includes: access to state of the art research of leading academic institutes; individual supervision by a Thesis Advisory Committee; possibility to earn (seed) grants of up to € 10.000; promotion of gender equality and family-friendly work environment.
For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Marco Zimmerling at
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: a letter of motivation letter, a CV, the names and contact details of two references, copy of degree certificate, and transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades).
Complete applications should be submitted preferably by e-mail as a single PDF-document quoting the reference number PhD1511_NESG in the subject header to (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data).or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is 15.12.2015 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies). Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed. 
About cfaed
cfaed is a cluster of excellence within the German Excellence Initiative. As a central scientific unit of TU Dresden, it brings together 300 researchers from the university and 10 other research institutes in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. cfaed addresses the advancement of electronic information processing systems through exploring new technologies which overcome the limits of today’s predominant CMOS technology. For more information please see
About TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe and one of the eleven German universities that were identified as an ‘elite university’ in June 2012. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany.
How to apply:
email or mail
Send application to or TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany.
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: PhD1511_NESG

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