Research Studentship in 5G Wireless Communication Networks

3.5-year fully funded DPhil studentship, available from October 2015 (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

The studentship is an EPSRC and Toshiba funded project on “Modelling and Analysis of 5G Networks” being jointly undertaken by the University of Oxford (Prof. Justin Coon) and the Telecommunications Research Laboratory (Dr. M. Zubeir Bocus) of Toshiba Research Europe Ltd in Bristol.

The objective of the project is to develop a generalised analytical framework based on novel multivariate statistical theory that can be used to study modern wireless communication paradigms, including large-scale distributed antenna systems, the connectivity and coverage properties of random geometric networks, and dynamical systems that describe information propagation through networks.  It is well known that these paradigms are pertinent to 5G networks, where it is envisaged that multi-antenna architectures, dense network topologies, and relay/device-to-device technology will play pivotal roles in delivering reliable, low-latency, high-rate end-to-end performance.

The student will be based at the University of Oxford and supervised by Prof. Justin Coon with industrial supervision from Dr. M. Zubeir Bocus.

College Association

The studentship is only tenable at Kellogg College. Applicants will be considered for this studentship, regardless of which college (if any) you state as your preference on the graduate application form. However, successful applicants will be required to be a member of Kellogg College in order to take up the studentship.

Kellogg College is a lively and diverse academic community welcoming graduate students and researchers from around the world. Members of the college can be found studying and working across all four of the University’s academic divisions and the Department for Continuing Education. The college community of over 800 students is a vibrant blend of part-time and full-time graduates who come from around 90 countries, making Kellogg College a truly global academic community.

Award Value

The EPSRC-Toshiba Case Award covers University and College fees at the level set for UK/EU students, plus it provides a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £16,000 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two and a half years.  A laptop will be provided to the student for the duration of the project.  Additionally, Toshiba will cover registration and travel expenses for the student to attend one international conference each year of the project.


The EPSRC-Toshiba Industrial Case Award is available to all UK/EU applicants.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or other suitable rigorous mathematical subject;
  • Experience in communications and electronics research demonstrated, for example, by a publication in the proceedings of an international conference or in a journal;
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills;
  • Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement.

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Ability to program in Matlab, Mathematica and/or C/C++.

Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to :

  • CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship.  Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at

Please quote TRLOXF2 in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. 

Application deadline:  12 noon on 15th of August, 2015