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PhD student positions in 6G and 5G V2X Communications 

The UWICORE laboratory at the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (UMH) in Spain offers  PhD student full-time positions for research on 6G and on 5G+ V2X (Vehicle to Everything) Communications. 
The 6G positions are part of the Horizon Europe 6G-SHINE project (6G SHort range extreme communication IN Entities, one of the EU Flagship projects to design future 6G networks) that is led by Aalborg University (Denmark) and includes UMH (Spain), CNIT (Italy), Apple (Germany), Sony (Sweden), Nokia Solutions and Networks (Denmark), Bosch (Germany), Fraunhofer IIS (Germany), iMEC (Belgium), Interdigital Europe (UK), Keysight (Finland), Cogninn (Greece). The project is working on fundamental technologies for wireless in-X subnetworks, short range low power radio cells to be installed in entities like vehicles, robots or production modules, for a wide set of applications, including those with extreme requirements in terms of latency, reliability, or data rates. Such technology components will leverage the opportunities offered by short range communications and connectivity with a broader 6G network within the vision of 6G as a network of networks. Within the project, UMH will focus on MAC and resource management solutions for 6G subnetworks (including AI and deterministic schemes) with a core application to the deployment of 6G subnetworks within future software-defined connected and automated vehicles (CAV). 
The 5G V2X positions are part of an ongoing collaboration with Toyota InfoTech Labs in USA. The project focuses on research towards supporting critical V2X services for CAVs using 5G and beyond network-based communications (i.e. Vehicle to Network to Vehicle Communications) instead (or as a complement) of direct or sidelink V2V communications. To this aim, the project will study end-to-end performance limits of 5G and beyond under different deployments as well as scalability of the network as more V2X services and CAVs get deployed. An example of critical V2X service considered is tele-operated driving. Related publications on this topic recently published at the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technologies (TVT) can be openly found at: https://arxiv.org/abs/2201.06082 and https://arxiv.org/abs/2201.06083 
Candidates profile 
PhD student candidates should have a Master in Telecommunications, Electrical, or Computer Engineering (or closely related disciplines). Interest or experience in one of the following topics is required: mobile/cellular and wireless networks, V2X networks, IoT, use of AI to optimize network management. The candidate should have good programming skills as well as good theoretical foundations, analytical capabilities and critical thinking. Publications in journals and conferences are valuable, but not required. Good written and spoken communication skills in English are required, as well as team working skills, self‐motivation and a strong desire to utilize technology for improving society. The candidate should have availability to travel to attend project meetings and conferences if needed. 
Interested candidates should send their application by email. The application is open until positions are filled and the starting date is as soon as possible. Contract duration is 3 years for PhD students. Candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae and their Academic Certificate and transcript of records to Prof. Javier Gozalvez (j.gozalvez@umh.es), Dr. Miguel Sepulcre (msepulcre@umh.es) and Dr. Baldomero Coll-Perales (bcoll@umh.es). The subject of the email should be “Positions in 6G and 5G V2X – Candidate name”. Applications will be continuously evaluated upon reception, and online interviews will be organized with the selected candidates until the positions are filled. 
Location/Who we are/About the UWICORE lab 
The UWICORE (Ubiquitous Wireless Communications Research) laboratory is part of the Communications Engineering Department of the Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (Spain). The laboratory has a strong expertise and research record on the design of wireless technologies to verticals, in particular in the areas of connected and automated vehicles as well as Industry 4.0. You can find our publications profile at: www.uwicore.umh.es The lab actively participates in European research programs and closely works with national and international companies and research institutions. The laboratory also actively participates in standardization groups (e.g., ETSI) to transfer its research output. The candidates will join a very dynamic research lab with international collaborations and possibilities to develop their research profile and promote their career.