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Prof. Dr. Holger Karl

Job offers

As a newly founded research group at HPI (established July 2021), we are still rapidly growing and have a number of interesting job offers, and various career stages. 

PhD assistants (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter) 

There are currently openings in several projects and topics. 

Project-based positions 

  • Project NICCI: Using wireless networks to control physical processes (so-called cyber-physical systems) is challenging as wireless channels and unreliable. This DFG-funded project investigates how to integrate the management of wireless resources with the sensing and control needs of a cyber-phyisal system. [ PDF (de) ]  [ PDF (en) ]

More project announcements expected soon. 

Teaching-based positions 

Open positions funded by the group: Independent of a specific external project, these positions are usually flexible with respect to the research topic but do carry a teaching obligation. [ PDF (de) ][ PDF (en) ]

Possible topics are (more details on the group description page): 

  • Network softwarization and microservices: Networks (like 5 and 6G as well as the Internet at large) are developing towards a general-purpose, programmable infrastructure. Questions in this field can range from software architecture and description techniques over algorithmic aspects (optimization, heuristics, machine learning) for many variants of management/control problems, to business models and system design. 
  • 6G research in particular: For 6G networks, we will look at programmable infrastructures and the use of machine learning to optimize such networks, as well as the deployment of machine learning inside a 6G network. We seek at least two PhD students her! 
  • Wireless control: Similar to the NICCI project, this topic deals with the integration of wireless network management with various needs of a control system. A goal here is to establish a wireless automation lab at HPI, providing an experimental infrastructure. A possible venue could be small indoor drones (e.g., Crazyflie) and incorporating programmable wireless network interfaces (e.g., National Instruments USRP-2940) into a proper testbed. 
  • Mobile networks: While related to wireless control, mobile networks take a broader perspective, e.g., optimizing resources during handover. This is an area where machine learning has delivered interesting first results, but the step to real applicability (eg., true network-wide scalability) is still missing. 
  • Data centre networks: Data centres carry very characterisitc work loads, which should be properly managed. In addition, they also have become programmable, e.g., by integrating programmable NICs with server hardware. In the end, typical data centre workloads like map/reduce should become more efficient. 

Student assistants 

These positions are intended for students during their Bachelor or Master program, in parallel to their ongoing studies. 

Student research assistants 

If you are interested in joining network-related research projects, recently often using machine-learning techniques, please do talk to us. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Laying ground work for the upcoming Wireless Control Lab at HPI: would it be interesting to control a swarm of Crazyflies wirelessly? 
  • Wireless protocols custom-tailored to control applications: 802.11 does not cut it? Let's build a testbed to experiment with our own variants 
  • Systematic profiling of network functions or microservices, including the build process: Contribute to the existing SNDZoo  
  • Distributed machine learning: does quality matter when resources are not invite? 

We are open to wide range of interesting topics - drop by for a chat (in person or online): send email

Student teaching assistants 

Depending on the teaching plans for the current or upcoming semester, there might also be opportunities for teaching assistants (Tutoren). Please see the teaching page for more information.  

Thesis topics

We are open to a range of thesis topics, both Bachelor and Master. If you are interested in the broader context of networking - e.g., Internet, mobile or wireless networks, data centers, core/edge/far/fog clouds, ... - we would be very happy if you talked to us. The easiest way is to directly talk to Holger Karl (send mail for an appointment). 

Soon, we will also offer a range of concrete topic suggestions.