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M.Sc thesis Position

A position for an M.Sc thesis student is open at the Department of Communications and Networking at Aalto ELEC.

Localization techniques in wireless cellular communication systems constitute an active area of research due to their many potential applications in commercial systems. Recently, the 3GPP completed work on Release 14 of its standards, which enables localization in Narrowband Internet-of-Things -systems. The primary objective of this Master's Thesis work is to investigate the use of these newly-defined positioning techniques in NB-IoT networks being currently deployed by operators.

An existing NB-IoT-based system will be augmented with localization features. System performance will subsequently be analyzed based on data collected during a measurement campaign.

A successful applicant is expected to  possess good C++14/17 skills, an understanding of wireless communication technology and a grasp of basic signal processing. Competency in software engineering, modern cellular system RAN/L1 design and an aptitude for writing high-performance software are an advantage, but not required.

The work will take place within Prof. Tirkkonen's research group at the Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet) as part of the EIT HII-ACTIVE project.

Starting time: July/August 2018, latest August 6.

Duration: 6 months.

It is expected that the research is done and thesis is written within this time.

Salary according to departmental principles.

Contact: Prof. Olav Tirkkonen (olav.tirkkonen [at] aalto [dot] fi)

Research Assistant (Honours Programme in Communications and Networking)

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About the programme
The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet) invites 2 exceptionally qualified Master's students to join the department's honours programme in autumn 2018. Students admitted to the honours programme are associated to one of the department's research groups, and will have the opportunity for part-time employment during semesters in research-related work. In summer the students have the possibility of entering into full-time employment in the department's competitive summer internship programme. The honours students will also have access to the department's research facilities (wireless and networking lab, computing services, and department’s library).

Who can apply
To qualify, a student must have Communications Engineering as major in their M.Sc. degree studies and show good progress in their studies. The honours status is granted for one year at a time for a maximum of two years. Students starting their 1st year or continuing the second year Communications Engineering MSc studies in autumn 2018 can apply to the honours programme.

How to apply
Deadline for honours status applications for the academic year 2018-2019 is Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 3 p.m. To apply, please submit the following documents in one PDF-format to the recruiting system by using the below link.

  1. A brief CV
  2. A copy of study plan ("HOPS") for your M.Sc. studies
  3. An up-to-date Oodi transcript ("Oodi-ote") of your studies

If you are starting your MSc studies in autumn 2018, you must complete your B.Sc. studies and obtain your degree certificate by Monday, 27 August.

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Selection process
Students will be selected to the honours programme according to their study merits. Selection will be made by the steering group of the Comnet department in September. Selected students will enter the programme in October 2018.

More information
For further information of the programme, please contact Coordinator Mika Nupponen mika.nupponen [at] aalto [dot] fi, regarding the application process and practical arrangements, please contact HR Coordinator Katja Korpinurmi katja.korpinurmi [at] aalto [dot] fi

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