AIT call for researchers for EU H2020 project blueSPACE

AIT’s High-Speed Networks and Optical Communications (NOC) research group is currently seeking to hire researchers to work primarily on the Horizon-2020 5G PPP project blueSPACE. This 3-year project, just entered its 2nd year and is heading towards its most exciting phase towards realization of the project goals. The project considers advanced solutions for the optical front-haul part of the 5G network, including new capabilities for the radio access network enabled by new ways to implement beamforming with photonics-based approaches and more advanced networking capabilities by utilizing space-division-multiplexing (SDM) over new types of optical fibers. AIT is the technical leader of the project and responsible for the system design, the technology requirements and the overall evaluation of the proposed solutions in terms of cost, energy and feasibility.

In its 15 years of existence, AIT ( has become a beacon of research excellence in the field of ICT in Europe, attracting funding from a large number of collaborative R&D projects funded by EC and the telecommunications industry. In particular, the Networks and Optical Communications (NOC) group AIT has strong expertise in the field of optical networks, datacenters, photonic switching/processing systems, broadband access and 5G mobile networks. It has performed pioneering work on the related areas, as evidenced by an outstanding number of publications and related awards.

Position Requirements:

The candidates should preferably be Ph.D. holders on a related field and have specific expertise in one of the following areas:

  • System design for 5G fronthaul/backhaul or for optical access networks, including technology, cost and energy evaluation.
  • Network planning and resource optimization, edge node resource optimization and interfa cing with SDN controllers.

Ideally, applicants should have at least 3 years of demonstrable experience in their fields of expertise, working under collaborative research projects (H2020 or FP7 projects). 

Applications by exceptional young researchers, who are in the final period of their Ph.D. studies will be considered too and will be evaluated based on their research outcomes so far.

Besides the technical background, the candidates should have the ability to efficiently manage their work tasks, including: collection and organization of information, data processing, technical reporting (in the form of deliverable reports), and risk identification. Strong interpersonal skills are required in order to manage the interactions with other researchers from the collaborating partners.

A full-time contract (1+1 year duration) is targeted, but part-time contracts can be offered under special circumstances.

Interested candidates are requested to contact Dimitrios Klonidis at and Ioannis Tomkos at