Air and Space Communications

PhD opportunities in the field of Wireless Communications

at Bundeswehr University Munich

In particular, the open post is dedicated to a research grant dealing with next-generation ADS-B systems for aircrafts and drones. ADS-B (Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast) is a surveillance technology to locate aircrafts where the aircraft periodically radiates its GPS position to ground stations distributed worldwide. However, the advent of drones and unmanned small flight systems puts heavy load onto this system, which requires the development of new and more powerful technologies. Moreover, since especially the oceanic regions are not well covered by ground stations today, there are many “blind spots” that put a high risk on aircrafts being lost in case of emergency. The still undetected aircraft MH 370 is a very prominent example. Therefore, the open PhD post offers a great chance to contribute to improved flight safety through an advanced ADS-B system, where a special focus is set onto network integration with 4G/5G terrestrial mobile networks as well as satellite based solutions.
We are currently looking for one or more well skilled and highly motivated students who are keen to be part of our research team. We are offering positions for PhD students (m/f) in the following fields:
  • Mobile wireless communication techniques and protocolls for air-to-ground and ground-to-air communications
  • Integration of aviation communication protocols like ADS-B into terrestrial LTE and 5G networks
For all PhD candidates we offer cutting-edge research opportunities, competitive pay and benefits, and a welcoming work environment.

If you are among the top level students of your peer group, we invite you to submit your application to today or call us under +49 (0) 89 6004 7501! Your application should include your CV and your personal letter of intent as a minimum. A letter of recommendation is highly appreciated. According to federal regulations, severely disabled applicants with equal qualification and aptitude are given preferential consideration.

The Bundeswehr University Munich was founded in 1973 in the beautiful city of Munich with the aim of providing officers and officer candidates of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) with a university education that would also prepare them for civilian careers. After all, most regular officers leave the military after 13 years. Since its founding, the number of students has been rising steadily: today there are around 3,700 registered students, including 360 women, 50 civilians, and 150 international students and officers.

All offered posts are full-time positions (39 hours of weekly working time from Monday through Friday). After a successful employment probation period of 6 months, all offered posts are limited to three years in the first hiring phase, which can be extended by another three years at maximum depending on personal performance, attitude, motivation and funding.

The Bundeswehr University Munich is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, or disabled status. In case of equal qualification, disabled persons will be given preferred consideration. The Bundeswehr University Munich aims at increasing the percentage of women working in engineering. Therefore, we particularly encourage the application of women with a high ambition in engineering and science.
Further information can be found under

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Contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Knopp MBA
Signal Processing Chair
Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Universität der Bundeswehr München
Werner-Heisenberg-Weg 39
85577 Neubiberg (Germany)
+49 (0) 89 6004 7501


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