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Doctoral Candidate for Over-The-Air Antenna Test Methods in Future Wireless Systems

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness in the future as well. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community. 

The School of Electrical Engineering is one of the six schools of Aalto University. Our portfolio covers fields from natural sciences to engineering and information sciences. In parallel with basic research, we develop ideas and technologies further into innovations and services. We are experts in systems science; we develop integrated solutions from care of the elderly to space robotics. The School is an international unit with close to 60 professors and 2 000 full-time students, including over 200 doctoral students.  

Antennas and Propagation group at Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is looking for a  


Job description

The commercial deployment of fifth-generation (5G) cellular wireless has already commenced throughout the world. Radio devices and applications for 5G cellular radios will soon be found in every corner of our life. Conceptualization of future generation wireless, probably called beyond-5G or sixth-generation, has already been in progress. Solid measurements and modeling techniques of user radio devices are one of essential innovations that research community has to support for widespread deployment of future-generation wireless systems and beyond. The present open doctoral position aims at devising novel radio frequency (RF) measurement techniques for future-generation radio devices, particularly focusing on antenna characteristics and their interaction with surrounding objects, for developing improved antenna systems in user devices. 

You as a doctoral candidate will tackle these important research aspects by 

1) Using various scientific approaches including numerical simulations, experiments and mathematical modeling; 
2) Designing and developing an over-the-air antenna test facility for 5G radio devices including millimeter-wave RF, and finally 
3) Evaluating the developed antenna test facility for antenna array comparisons and device conformance tests. 

The work will be embedded into several research projects, including those supported by Academy of Finland and bilateral industrial collaboration projects. The work as such involves interaction with industrial and academic partners committed to the development of future-generation user radio devices.   

Research group
Associate Professor Katsuyuki Haneda ( leads the Antennas and Propagation group (, which has been involved in a number of EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects on 5G physical layer studies and hence is he well respected in the international scientific and industrial research communities. Applications of the developed knowledge and experimental facilities in 5G cellular to post-5G systems as well as other industries and well-being of society are key research missions of the group. Footage of real-time video transfer demo: 

Requirements for the position

An applicant to this position needs to fulfil the following qualification:  

• A master degree in electrical engineering or equivalent;
• Solid knowledge and design skills of microwave components including antennas OR of radio communication systems;
• Experience of radio frequency measurements OR of advanced electronics instrumentation;
• Efficient and accurate communication skills in English, BOTH in speaking and writing;
• Sufficient skills of relevant computer simulation tools, e.g., MATLAB and/or CST Microwave Studio. 

In addition to above qualification, it is advantageous if the applicant has the following knowledge and skills: 
• Experience in manufacturing and measuring microwave components and systems including antenna systems
• Experience in using and programming universal software-defined-radio peripherals through Labview  

Salary and contract terms

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2500 €/month and salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health benefits and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. Preferable starting time is during the first quarter of year 2021.  

How to apply

Please submit your application through our recruiting system by using "Apply now!" link below. Please include the following documents in English. 

• Application letter, including a brief description of your qualification to this position in reference to “Requirements for the position” stated with proper justification
• Course transcripts of Master’s studies with grades and Certificate of Master’s degree 
• Abstract of your Master’s thesis, no more than one A4 page 
• Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications if any 
• References, including instructor, advisor and supervisor of your thesis work  

Deadline for applications is December 31, 2020 but we will start reviewing candidates immediately upon receiving new application documents. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. 

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Associate Professor Katsuyuki Haneda ([email protected]). In recruitment process relating questions, please contact HR Coordinator Annika Salmelin, [email protected]

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