PhD / Postdoc Positions in Information & Communication Theory at TU Berlin, Germany

Jump to other IT Society Websites:
There are vacancies for multiple PhD and Postdoc positions in information and communication theory at the Information Theory and Applications Chair (Prof. Rafael Schaefer) at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB). The positions are for a fixed period of 3 and 2 years respectively as part of the projects 1. "Post Shannon Communication," funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 2. "Machine Learning for Physical Layer Security" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The projects focus on the development and applications of information and communication theory, and machine learning for communication systems beyond the classic Shannon requirements to improve the efficiency of information transfer for specific applications. For this purpose, a holistic system concept for communication systems should be developed, in which basic communication tasks combined with security, privacy protection, and stealth requirements are realized. The job is associated with the goal of graduating with a Dr.-Ing. (German equivalent of a PhD) degree.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Master degree or equivalent in electrical engineering, computer science, information technology, mathematics, or similar/equivalent fields, or must have submitted his/her Master thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the Master degree is awarded.
  • The applicants should have excellent mathematical knowledge of probability theory and linear algebra.
  • Solid understanding of information theory and/or communication theory is a requirement. Further knowledge in machine learning and/or signal processing is a plus.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Experience in one or more of the following programming languages/environments: Python, MATLAB, C/C++, TensorFlow.

We offer:

  • An excellent and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Full-time temporary employment with a competitive salary at pay grade TVL-E13.
  • No tuition fees for PhD studies.

Your application must include:

  • A brief summary of your research interests and motivation
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates and references
  • Publications in your name

About TU Berlin

The Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) is one of the largest technical universities in Germany. Seven faculties of the university offer 100 courses of study from the fields of engineering and natural sciences, economics and business, planning sciences, humanities and the social sciences. TUB has about 30,000 students (20% foreign citizens). 

How to apply?

Submit your application via email to  (cc ) mentioning the reference number IV-440/19. For further information about the opening please see or contact Rafael Schaefer via email.