Germany: PhD, PostDoc and Faculty Positions

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The University of Karlsruhe (TH), Germany offers

several PhD student positions (TV-L E 13)

financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) to applicants with an excellent graduate degree
(master degree or Diplom) in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or closely related fields, with a
salary according to TV-L E13 (full-time), for a maximum of 3 years.

Sensor-actuator networks consist of a large number of possibly miniaturized nodes that are embedded
in the environment, connected via wireless communications, and capable to collaboratively observe
and control a distributed phenomenon. A large number of nodes provide a good spatial resolution as
well as a high fault tolerance. However, the energy constraints resulting from the required autonomous
nodes impose severe limits on the performance with respect to the communication bandwidth and
processing power and, hence, provide a challenge for architectural design and operation of this type of

The Research Training Group investigates fundamental problems in the area of sensor-actuator-
networks. These include the whole spectrum reaching from communication and information
processing to hardware/software system integration. Research topics also include query processing,
content-based addressing schemes, energy efficiency, and self-organizing middleware. So far,
research on sensor-actuator-networks focused on isolated aspects. One strong objective of the
Training Group is to obtain integrated solutions that cover several aspects. Integration will be achieved
by a close cooperation of experts from the different fields. Another far-reaching objective is the
development of a systematic approach to sensor-actuator-network design.

Due to the customized curriculum, PhD students will obtain a broad overview within the area of self-
organizing sensor-actuator-networks. In addition to lectures on specialized topics, a series of short
lectures, seminars, and laboratory experiments are available. Weekly meetings are conducted in order
to support the team building process. Furthermore, the PhD students have the possibility to perform
exchange stays at labs of other international researchers.

The Research Training Group is looking for bright and very motivated graduate students with excellent
grades. To increase the number of women working in science and technology, female applicants are
specifically encouraged. Handicapped applicants will have higher preference in case of equal

Additional information on the Research Training Group is available at:

The selection of the graduate students will be made during a recruitment workshop in October 2008.
Applications including the curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, letters of references, research
interests, and an indication of the preferred subproject should be submitted to the chairman of the
Research Training Group by September 13th, 2008 (electronic submissions are preferred):


University of Karlsruhe (TH)
Department of Computer Sciences
Institute of Computer Science and Engineering
Research Training Group 1194: "Self-organizing Sensor-Actuator-Networks"
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe D. Hanebeck
Kaiserstrasse 12
D-76131 Karlsruhe

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