PhD Positions in Coding Theory/Communication Theory in Karlsruhe, Germany
We have open vacancies for PhD students at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany in coding theory, communication theory and the application of machine learning in communications. Potential applications include optical fiber communications, wireless communications and data storage. Candidates seeking Postdoc positions are encouraged to apply as well.

We have open vacancies for PhD students in coding theory/communication theory at the Communications Engineering Lab (CEL) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) starting immediately.

The projects are centered around the application of coding theory, communication theory and machine learning to high speed communication systems. Potential applications include, but are not limited to, reliable and robust communication, such as optical fiber communications, wireless communications, wireline communications in Industry 4.0, and data storage.

The PhD candidates are expected to carry out independently research in the field of coding theory and information theory, including the mathematical analysis of new coding and data transmission schemes as well as the software implementation of simulation and evaluation tools. Besides this, the candidates are responsible for the documentation and publication of selected research results in scientific journals and conferences. The tasks of the position also include the support of teaching activities at the Communications Engineering Lab.  The job is associated with the goal of graduating with a Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree.

If you are seeking a postdoc position in the above-mentioned areas, please do not hesitate to contact us as well to explore potential opportunities.


  • A pplicants have a very good master degree in electrical engineering and information technology, communications engineering, computer engineering, or a related degree.
  • Profound knowledge in communication theory and signal processing.
  • Ideally, applicants have further knowledge in one or more of the following topic areas: (modern) coding theory, information theory, machine learning, and optical communications.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Fluency in spoken and written German is considered an advantage.
  • Applicants should be able to work independently and responsibly.
  • Applicants should have experience in one or more of the following programming languages: Python, MATLAB, C/C++.
  • Applicants should have confident manners and be professional in dealing with project partners, colleagues and students. Applicants should be team players and equipped with organizational talent.

We offer:

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

Your application should include:

  • A motivation letter,
  • CV including brief summary of your research interests,
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees,
  • relevant certificates, references and publications.

About KIT

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (German: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie ) is one of the largest public research university in Germany. KIT was created in 2009 following the merger of University of Karlsruhe, founded in 1825 as public research university, with the Karlsruhe Research Center, established in 1956 as national nuclear research center.

KIT is one of the leading universities for engineering and the natural sciences in Europe,with more than 9000 employees (thereof more than 5000 in education and research), 25000 students, and a budget of more than 880 million Euro. KIT is well known for many inventors who studied or taught there (e.g., Heinrich Hertz, Karl Friedrich Benz, the founders of SAP) and six Nobel laureates are affiliated with KIT.

How to apply?

Submit your application via email to [email protected] Online application is possible as well via (description in German only). If you are seeking a Postdoc position, contact Laurent Schmalen via e-mail.