PhD in Deep Programmability for Real-Time End-to-End 6G Networks
Updated: 15 Sep 2023
Software-defined and programmable networking is a key enabling technology to support 5G and beyond networks in achieving their promises of increased scalability and flexibility at a lower cost.
Deep network programmability, that is the ability to program the network fabric both vertically (control and data plane) and horizontally (end to end), is expected to characterize the new generation of mobile networks (6G), currently under development, towards supporting extreme performance requirements and service-specific operations. To this end, enriching next-generation mobile networks with data plane programming capabilities can bring significant benefits with regards to network slicing and multi-tenancy, dynamic traffic engineering, offloading network functions to the data plane, etc.
The objective of the PhD project is to investigate data plane programmability in the context of the new generation of mobile networks, addressed within the scope of the EU HORIZON-JU-SNS-2022 project DESIRE6G (DEep programmability and Secure distributed Intelligence for Real-time End-to-end 6G networks). The goal of DESIRE6G is to design and develop a zero-touch control, management & orchestration platform, with native integration of AI, to support eXtreme URLLC application requirements over a performant, measurable and programable data plane. Specifically, the candidate will investigate DESIRE6G related problems in a multi-operator environment, including but not restricted to the specification and implementation of a common abstraction layer for heterogenous programmable data planes, data plane multitenancy and programmable traffic management.
You will be embedded in the MNS group. The group focuses its researches on the fundamental architectural problems that arise from the interconnection of systems and of data flows. We look at the emerging architectures that can support the operations of the future Internet. More information can be found here.
Tasks and responsibilities:
- focus on the development and evaluation of and end-to-end programmable data plane through the definition and implementation of a generic hardware abstraction layer, supporting heterogeneous systems e.g., GPUs, TPUs, FPGAs, SOCs;
- develop appropriate proof of concept(s) to benchmark the performance or validate the applicability of proposed approaches;
- implement your solution and experiment with it on the programmable network infrastructure operated by the DESIRE6G consortium;
- become active in the research community and collaborate with other institutes and/or companies that are part of the project;
- publish and present work regularly at international conferences, workshops, and journals;
- assist in teaching activities (labs) and in supervising bachelor and master students.
Your experience and profile:
- Master's degree or equivalent program (completed or near completion: see below) in a relevant discipline, such as computer science, electrical and computer engineering, security and network engineering etc.;
- excellent programming skills (python, C/C++);
- prior experience in programmable networking technologies and DSLs such as eBPF and P4 is a plus;
- knowledge in mobile network architectures and protocols is a plus;
- the willingness to be part of an international research team;
- fluency in oral and written English and good presentation skills;
- commitment to maintaining an inclusive, collaborative, diverse, supportive work environment.
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). The preferred starting date is as soon as possible. This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.
The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,770 in the first year to € 3,539 in the last year (scale P). UvA additionally offers an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UFO profile PhD Candidate is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.
Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:
- 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
- Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
- A complete educational program for PhD students;
- Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
- Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
- 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
- Partly paid parental leave;
- The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
- A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
- The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
- Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.
Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.
38 hours per week
Science Park 904