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PhD position in Software Defined Networking (Denmark)

DTU Fotonik at the Technical University of Denmark and ADVA Optical Networking in Germany have an open industrial PhD position in the project Advanced Integration of SDN and SDO for Future-Proof Networks ABACUS. The ABACUS project aims at integrating Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Software Defined Optics (SDO) solutions in order to arm with more flexibility future networks; for that purpose, three PhD researchers will work simultaneously on different aspects of such integration. After an initial training period at the Technical University of Denmark, the researchers will be embedded into a research group at ADVA Optical Networking in Germany.
Project scope The goal of this PhD project is to study, propose and implement novel network management tools and enable up-to-date applications based on SDN/OpenFlow and exploiting SDO on the physical layer. The main topics the researcher will tackle within the project are:

  • Study the requirement for support of SDO in OpenFlow, and propose the required extensions. Implement a software prototype (OpenFlow Agent + Controller) realizing the extensions based on open source OpenFlow reference implementations (e.g. OpenDaylight).
  • Develop OpenFlow applications utilizing OpenFlow in an SDO-based optical network to leverage the network flexibility and programmability for energy efficiency and resource utilization.
  • Evaluate network architectures and applications combining SDO and OpenFlow in terms of network utilization and energy efficiency based on different reference network scenarios and traffic models.

Qualifications The candidate must have a master’s degree in telecommunications engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering. Knowledge of fiber-optic tele-communications is advantageous. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are a must; German will be considered an asset. Incorporation date is February 2014.
Approval and Enrolment The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. Only candidates with an above the average marks are accepted in the program. We recommend the applicants to contact the supervisors in advance to assess the suitability of the application. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
Salary and appointment terms The position will receive a competitive salary set by the European Commission according to the Marie Curie Program guidelines, consistent with current rules for PhD degree researchers, plus a mobility allowance. The period of employment is 3 years.
Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor J.J. Vegas Olmos, Metro-Access and Short Range Systems at DTU Fotonik and Professor I. Tafur Monroy, Metro-Access and Short Range Systems at DTU Fotonik.
Further information

  • Associate Professor J.J. Vegas Olmos, Metro-Access and Short Range Systems at DTU Fotonik , Email:
  • Professor I. Tafur Monroy, Metro-Access and Short Range Systems at DTU Fotonik, Email:

Application Please submit your online application no later than October 30th, 2013. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link « Apply online, » fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it. Furthermore, they must not have resided in Denmark for more than12 months in the previous 3 years.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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