Tuesday, July 26, 2016

[DMANET] Open PhD Position in the DFG priority program “Cyber-Physical,Networking (SPP 1914)

The Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-
Landau, Campus Koblenz, Computer Networks Group, is inviting
applications for a

PhD Position
(3 years, full time)

for working within the DFG priority program "Cyber-Physical
Networking (SPP 1914)". The position is to be filled as soon
as possible (preferably Sep/Oct 2016), limited to 3 years and
is subject to the German law on fixed-term contracts in science
(WissZeitVG). Salary will be according to the German public
service salary scale TV-L EGr. 13.

The prospective research assistant will be responsible for the
project "analysis and synthesis of combined cooperative control
and topology control over wireless network models", which is a
joint project between the Computer Networks Group at the
University of Koblenz-Landau and the Institute of Control Systems
at the Hamburg-Harburg Technical University. At both sites one PhD
student is to be employed in this project context.

The PhD student employed at the University of Koblenz-Landau will
research appropriate adaptation of the interaction network graph
to the time-varying conditions of the wireless communication
channels to significantly improve the achievable performance of
cooperative control of multi-agent systems (e.g. swarms of
autonomous AUVs or UAVs). He will develop and analyze topology
control schemes to maintain the highest level of algebraic
connectivity (aiming at high performance and robustness of
cooperative control) while taking into account SINR constraints.
The focus is on distributed and local solutions with the goal to
support any system scale. Proof of concept will be given by
simulation studies based on source-seeking scenarios, which will
be selected to highlight the various features of the proposed
integrated collaborative control and topology control scheme.

The successful candidate has an above-average completed scientific
university study, preferably in the area of computer science or
mathematics (M.Sc, Diploma). You have demonstrated the ability to
carry out independent scientific work, are dedicated, and strive
to deepen your knowledge and skills, and successfully finish the
project with a PhD. You have the skills to mathematically proof
theoretical claims, and are interested to do research in the area
of algorithms and graphs. Very good proficiency in written and
spoken English are compulsory.

Knowledge in control theory is not required for this part of the
joint project. However, it is expected that the employee is
willing to collaborate with the employee working at the control
theoretic part handled by the project partner Institute of Control
Systems at the Hamburg-Harburg Technical University.

Applicants with background in control theory are welcome to also
apply for the position opening of the project partner, the
Institute of Control Systems at the Hamburg-Harburg Technical
University (https://www.tuhh.de/rts/welcome.html).

Please contact Prof. Dr. Hannes Frey (phone +49 (0)261/287-2726)
for further information.

It is the policy of the University Koblenz-Landau to increase the
percentage of female employees. If equally qualified, preference
will be given to female applicants in fields where they are
underrepresented. Disabled candidates are given priority, if
equally qualified. International candidates are highly encouraged
to apply.

Applications should include a letter of motivation, a complete
curriculum vitae, certificates etc. Please send your application,
quoting the reference number Ko 21-2016, before Sep-01-2016 either
by regular mail to Universität Koblenz-Landau, Ref. K 21 Personal,
Organisation, Wahlen, Universitätsstr. 1, 56070 Koblenz or by
email to bewerbung-fb4@uni-koblenz.de.

We do not send a confirmation of receipt. In accordance to the
protection of data privacy all documents will be destroyed after
the application procedure.

Prof. Dr. Hannes Frey
AG Rechnernetze
Universität Koblenz-Landau

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