Silicon Austria Labs (SAL)

PhD position (Junior Scientist) - THz Communication and Sensing Research (f/m/d)

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You will be working in a team of international colleagues at the forefront of next generation wireless communication research. The PhD topic focuses on developing and investigating joint communication and sensing tasks in suitable THz frequency beyond current communication standards.  
You will engage in the following tasks:  

  • Design and implementation of a transportable THz setup using photomixing synthesis.
  • Perform communication link characterization and THz spectroscopic measurements.
  • Engage with colleagues to develop and explore THz application ideas.
  • Inspire and supervise master students.
  • Write scientific publication in high-impact journals and participate at conferences.

As a PhD student you will become member of the SAL Doctoral College (SAL-DC), which actively fosters networking, discussion and exchange of ideas and collaboration among the students and supervisors with a diverse interdisciplinary background. The SAL-DC host dedicated events and platforms such as its annual summit, the scientific forum, summer schools, social activity day, etc.


  • M.Sc. (or higher) in communication engineering, physics, electronics engineering, signal processing,
  • Previous experience with practical implementation of communication or optical measurement setups  (e.g. physical layer RF / fiber optical communication, laser spectroscopy, etc.)
  • Experience in one or more of the following fields is a plus:
    • Terahertz Sensing
    • Machine Learning
    • Communication Theory
  • Hands-on, scientifically curious, communicative and well-organized.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.


  • Diversified research activities with plenty of technical challenges.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Internal and external training opportunities for further development.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4 per day food allowance in restaurants or € 2 per day in supermarkets.
  • Family & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.

This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA) in occupational group E1. For this position, your monthly salary will be EUR 3.520, paid 14 times a year.


In the intelligent wireless systems division, SAL and its partners are performing interdisciplinary research in the domain of wireless communication, radiofrequency system design and embedded artificial intelligence.

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Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire EBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, RF (radiofrequency) systems, system integration and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2023. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated. 
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PhD position (Junior Scientist) - THz Communication and Sensing Research (f/m/d)
Inffeldgasse 33 Graz, Österreich
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