Postdoc in Wireless Embedded Systems

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The section for Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) of DTU Compute offers a 2-year Postdoc position in Wireless Embedded Systems starting on June 1, 2020 or soon thereafter. The position is associated with the project “AgroRobottiFleet - Agricultural robotic fleet communication and collaboration for complex arable operations” funded by Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD).

Project Description
AgroRobottiFleet aims to develop a fleet collaboration system, enabling multiple autonomous agricultural robots to safely collaborate with each other as well as with human-operated tractors and machinery. In this context, we seek a motivated postdoctoral researcher to participate in the research and development of a dependable wireless communication system
, tailored to the requirements of agricultural robotic fleets. The project has innovative use cases in agriculture, which can be used to drive and validate the research, with challenges and requirements such as high mobility and intermittent connections, due to terrain shadowing; long-range operation either with direct communication or via a drone acting as a relay node; and industrial-grade ultra-reliable operation suitable for safety-critical data.

These research activities will be performed in collaboration with
AGROINTELLI, a Danish research and development company with focus on innovative agricultural technology. Hence, the researcher will have access to realistic use cases and field data.

ESE conducts research in a broad range of topics central for the design of modern embedded systems and is the coordinator of the Nordic University Hub on Industrial IoT, a network of leading technical universities in the Nordic area. The researcher will have access to mobility funding to visit the Hub research groups and to gain access to their research infrastructure. ESE will support the researcher with his/her career development. DTU offers career development courses (e.g., proposal preparation, project management, pedagogy). There are no requirements for teaching, but the researcher has to opportunity to participate in our courses (e.g., via guest lecturing) to improve their teaching skills and portfolio. In addition, we will support the researcher in identifying masters’ and PhD students to supervise. Finally, the position is very competitive in terms of salary: researchers applying from outside of Denmark may qualify for the reduced taxation for foreign researchers and have the option to get their pension paid out as salary, see the pension section in this guide

Responsibilities and tasks
The appointed applicant will be responsible for the design and experimental evaluation of a dependable wireless solution for agricultural robotic fleets. In particular, the appointed candidate will be responsible for: 

  • Conducting research in the area of wireless embedded systems for Industrial IoT applications and, specifically, for agricultural robotic fleets
  • Developing a proof-of-concept implementation and experimentally validating their research
  • Publishing and disseminating their research in high-quality conferences and journals
  • Co-managing the project activities, representing DTU in project meetings, and supervising students and research assistants working in the project
  • Communicating and engaging with the engineers of AGROINTELLI who will convert the research outputs of the project into products
Candidates should have: 
  • A PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • Research interests and a scientific track record in research fields, such as wireless embedded systems, reliable, deterministic, and resilient networks, long-range networks, and Industrial IoT, that can be documented by a publication record in relevant venues
  • Solid understanding of wireless standards used for machine-to-machine communications and industrial (long-range) applications, such as TSCH, 6TiSCH, WirelessHart, IEEE 802.15.4g and LoRa
  • Experience in developing prototype implementations for embedded operating systems, such as Contiki-NG, RIOT and ZephyrOS, and evaluating their research in testbed experiments; experience with ROS is considered a plus
  • An interest in generating real-world impact and evaluating their research in real-world deployments
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
Flexibility and self-motivation are desired skills at DTU. In addition, we expect you to be interested in collaboration and take personal responsibility for your work.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 

The period of employment is 2 years, starting on June 1, 2020 or soon thereafter. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from
Xenofon Fafoutis,, tel.: +45 4525 5278. 

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 March 2020 (23:59 local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Copy of a single publication that is relevant to the post and the applicant is the lead author
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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