Munich Aerospace awards one PhD scholarship in the field of satellite communication

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28 June 2022 - Munich Aerospace awards one PhD scholarship in collaboration with Bundeswehr University Munich and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in the field of satellite communication

In collaboration with the Chair of Signal Processing at the Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBwM) and the DLR Institute of Communications and Navigation, Munich Aerospace awards a PhD scholarship on "Machine-Learning Based Dynamic Radio Resource Allocation for Future Satellite Systems". The scholarship aims at qualified university graduates who have completed their studies in a field relevant to aerospace and are now aspiring for a doctorate. 

The Chair of Signal Processing, headed by Prof. Andreas Knopp, from the Bundeswehr University Munich is one of the few academic research institutes in Germany with a focus on satellite communications. Its expertise includes several topics related to radio resource management (spectral-efficient techniques, multiple access for IoT, spectrum management) and the integration of satellites into 5G networks. Its international team offers an ideal research environment for a successful and timely completion of the PhD programme.

The research works conducted in the group aim at developing and analyzing innovative machine learning approaches for the supervision of complex satellite systems. Challenges related to the design of 5G and Beyond Satellite System with the focuses on the management of complex non-terrestrial networks including flexible digital payloads in various orbits (e.g. LEO, GEO) are addressed by the research work. Over a funding period of up to three years, the joint project will use regional synergies and increase the international visibility of the “Aerospace Region Munich” as a centre of innovation.



The PhD student will explore novel approaches for the dynamic allocation of radio resources in next-generation satellite systems. Deep reinforcement learning (DRL) will in particular be considered for the automated optimization of the available power, bandwidth and time resources given the traffic demands. In light of the multilayered architecture under study, distributed solutions implying the cooperation of several agents in the decision-making process will especially be investigated. The theoretical performance limits of the proposed approaches will be analyzed. Moreover, their complexity will be assessed to guarantee the feasibility of their deployment in practical systems.



  • - Master degree in electrical engineering, mathematics, physics or a similar programme
  • - Expertise in satellite communication systems
  • - Good knowledge of machine learning tools
  • - Programming skills: Matlab, Python, TensorFlow, Pytorch


The Munich Aerospace scholarship amount is 1.575 € per month granted for a minimum of 12 monthsand limited to a maximum of 3 years. Munich Aerospace scholarship holders are entitled to attend the Munich Aerospace Graduate School, formed by the TUM Graduate School and the DLR_Graduate_Program, and have access to special events and trainings. An additional grant of up to € 6.100 per year will be available to cover expenses that are directly related to the PhD project (e.g. textbooks, laptop, conference travels, public transport, rental subsidy).



Please send us your application including relevant documents (cover letter, CV, diplomas, transcript of records, two recent letters of reference) in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. General information on PhD scholarship conditions can be found here.

We are looking forward to your application!


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