Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Communication Technologies Tallinn University of Technology, School of Information Technologies: Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics Estonia

Position description

Key area:Information and communication technologies

Structure:School of Information Technologies: Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics

Field:Communication Technologies


Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics (TJS ELIN) calls to apply for a tenure-track faculty position in Communication Technologies at Assistant/Associate/Full Professor level. The concrete title of the position will be decided, depending on the candidate’s merits and career stage. This professorship will be accompanied by positions for 1–2 postdocs and junior researchers-PhD students. Major telecommunications company Telia has endorsed to support this particular position.


Purpose of the Position


The overall objective of the professorship is to develop and sustain research and development activities within the domain of communication technologies at high international level. Thus, the professorship position requires participating in and leading international research consortiums, publishing in leading international journals and conferences, mentoring doctoral and master students, and contributing to international scientific organizational activities (reviewing, management, and organization of conferences, participation in decision-making bodies). Furthermore, the professorship position requires developing and implementing courses (e.g. lectures and laboratories) related to smart/cognitive communication networks and components thereof. The team associated to the professorship is also expected to conduct technology transfer activities through R&D contracts, directly with the industry and/or via external funding sources.


Job Description (Main Tasks)


- Research, development, and teaching related to networking technologies covering 5G and beyond, as well as IP-based solutions, device-to-device communication, network virtualization, and software-defined networks (SDN), public safety and mission critical networks;
- Research, development, and teaching related to digital communication systems, wireless channel characterization and modeling, realistic performance evaluation of the communication systems;
- Research, development, and teaching related to wireless sensor networks, internet of things, and cognitive electronics applications, e.g. wireless body area networks, robustness and reliability, resource-efficient design and performance evaluation of MAC and routing protocols, radio access technologies such as BLE and NB-IoT, as well as smart signal processing techniques for the above;
- Teaching at all levels of higher education with emphasis to teaching speciality subjects from master and doctoral programmes; taking part in designing study programmes related to communication technologies.


Additionally, the expertise of the candidates should include elements of the following topics: adaptive communication, near field communication and cognitive radio solutions; internet of electronics, applications in cognitive electronic systems; energy harvesting and self-harvesting in autonomous portable devices; low complexity compressed sensing algorithms and architectures for wireless sensor networks with application to the internet of things.


TJS ELIN will offer a competitive gross salary of at least 60,000 EUR per year.


Requirements for the Candidate


PhD or an equivalent degree in communication or electronics engineering, or a related field, with a specialization that is relevant to the position. We expect that the candidates have very good research record of accomplishment demonstrated by publications in high-level international peer-reviewed journals and leading conferences. Having patents or patent applications is an advantage. Experience with industrial projects and technology transfer activities and coordinating the preparation of planning future research directions and initiation and preparation of e.g. Horizon 2020 research projects will be looked as a strong advantage of the candidate. Finally, the experience with teaching and mentoring in higher education within the above named topics is an advantage.


The position is financed from the project “Institutional development program of TTÜ for 2016–2022” (Project code: 2014-2020.4.01.16-0032).


For further information regarding the candidate selection process, please contact Prof. Toomas Rang, Director of Thomas Johann Seebeck Department of Electronics;; Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia.


Type of contract:Permanent

Start date of the employment contract:By agreement (starting from 01.01.2018 or later)

Application Date:01.10.2017

Additional info:TJS ELIN at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, was established in 1962. The research activities at the TJS ELIN cover the fields from solid-state electronics and technologies, over applications of impedance spectroscopy related technologies in bioelectronics and material science applications, up to modern communications and microwave technologies and solutions. TJS ELIN is responsible for the design and development of Horizon 2020 ERA-Chair initiative (Project COEL) in cognitive electronics. TJS ELIN is also teaching at all levels of higher education.


Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) is an international scientific community with 12,000 students and approximately 2,000 employees. The strengths of the university are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, modern research, study environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.


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Job description for Professor and candidacy requirements can be seen here (pdf).


Candidates may be requested to give a public lecture - venia legendi or to present a video recording of venia legendi (length of lecture 10-45 minutes).


A candidate is required to submit the following documents to the Personnel Office ( or submit the candidacy online):


1. an application;
2. in the case of first-time applicants to TTÜ, documents showing that the candidate holds the required academic degree and has acquired the required education (in English);
3. a curriculum vitae and a list of publications (if possible, filled out and published in ETIS – Estonian Research Information System);
4. an academic portfolio (according to Annex 2 of Academic Career Management );
5. a vision or an action plan for the following period of employment (requested only from candidates applying to the post of Professor);
6. other documents arising from the specific nature of the post that have been set out in the terms and conditions of the competition.


TUT's Personnel Office
Ehitajate rd 5, U01-143
Tallinn 19086

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