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PhD:5G resilience through network programmability

Current advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and network programmability – including software-defined networking, P4-programmable data-planes, and network …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


Current advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and network programmability – including software-defined networking, P4-programmable data-planes, and network functions virtualization – are opening up new opportunities in realizing the telecommunications industry’s quest for autonomous, self-healing networks. Contrary to legacy networking equipment, programmable networks have decoupled the control and data planes, thereby effectively allowing (virtual) services and network components to dynamically move or scale. However, programmability alone is insufficient to realize autonomous networking, as the question remains of how to program the network. Through fine-grained network monitoring and AI techniques, a closed-loop system should be developed to provide the intelligence needed to deploy and program a secure and resilient self-healing network.

This PhD project is part of NExTWORKx, a cooperation between TU Delft and KPN, and will focus on developing algorithms and tools to support 5G resilience through programmable networks. 


The successful candidate has obtained a master's degree with excellent marks in computer science, is proficient in networking and programming, has an affinity for algorithm design and artificial intelligence, and enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary project. In particular, experience in software-defined networking and P4 is considered to be an advantage. The candidate is a team player, able to cooperate with KPN and the other PhD candidates working on related research topics at TU Delft.


TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Fernando Kuipers, Associate Professor, email: f.a.kuipers@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 152781347.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Sabine van Puffelen, HR-Secretary, email: hr-eemcs@tudelft.nl.

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a motivation letter and a detailed transcript of university grades to: hr-eemcs@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2019-05. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.