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The Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Koblenz, Computer Networks Group, is inviting applications for a

PhD Position (research fellow)

(3 years, full time)

for working within the DFG priority program “Cyber-Physical Networking (SPP 1914)”. The position is to be filled as soon as possible, limited to 3 years and is subject to the German law on fixed-term contracts in science (WissZeitVG). Salary will be according to the German public service salary scale TV-L EGr. 13.


The prospective research assistant will be responsible for the project “analysis and synthesis of combined cooperative control and topology control over wireless network models”, which is a joint project between the Computer Networks Group at the University of Koblenz-Landau and the Institute of Control Systems at the Hamburg-Harburg Technical University. At both sites one PhD student is supposed to work in this project context.

The PhD student employed at the University of Koblenz-Landau will research appropriate adaptation of the time-varying wireless communication graph in multi-agent systems. Such multi-agent systems are for example autonomous AUV or UAV robot swarms. Of particular interest are topology control schemes to maintain the highest level of algebraic connectivity (a condition for performance and robustness of cooperative control) while reducing the number of message losses due to interference (modeled in this project with the SINR model). Focus is on distributed and local solutions with the goal to support any system scale.

The effectiveness of the developed topology control schemes and their interaction with distributed control will be evaluated by simulation studies on some selected distributed control scenarios (e.g. distributed source seeking based on robot swarms).


We expect:

  • An above-average completed scientific university study, preferably in the area of computer science or mathematics (M.Sc or Diploma).
  • Ability to carry out independent scientific work
  • Skills to mathematically proof theoretical claims
  • Interests to do research in the area of algorithms and graphs
  • Very good proficiency in written and spoken English

It is the policy of the University Koblenz-Landau to increase the percentage of female employees. If equally qualified, preference will be given to female applicants in fields where they are underrepresented. Disabled candidates are given priority, if equally qualified. International candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send their documents (curriculum vitae, qualifications etc.) quoting the reference number Ko-44/2016, before Jan-31-2017 either by regular mail to Universität Koblenz-Landau, Ref. K 21 Personal, Organisation, Wahlen, Universitätsstr. 1, 56070 Koblenz or by email to Applications after the deadline will be considered as long as the position is not filled.

We do not send a confirmation of receipt. In accordance to the protection of data privacy all documents will be destroyed after the application procedure.