PhD Position: Fairness in Wireless Mesh Networks. Now Closed.

Applications are invited from well qualified candidates for a PhD position investigating fairness in wireless mesh networks.

The trend is increasingly towards the use of multiple wireless hops at the network edge e.g. in municipal mesh networks or for wireless media distribution in the home. A key challenge for mesh networks is the fair allocation of available wireless resources between users/flows. While fairness in general network topologies has been well studied in a wired context, wireless networks have received much less attention. Challenges include the lossy nature of links, the load-dependent behaviour of network capacity and cross-layer interactions between MAC and transport layers. This project aims to develop new analytic techniques for characterising utility fairness in wireless mesh networks, and to build on these to design efficient distributed algorithms for dynamically adapting resource allocation to maintain fairness as network load varies.

The candidate should have strong analytic skills. Some background in networking and/or optimisation is desirable. Some familiarity with the configuration and use of Linux or BSD systems and of scripting and programming will be helpful, but not essential, since it is intended that the project wll involve demonstration of developed techniques on our 802.11 wireless testbed.

The Hamilton Institute is committed to research excellence. This post offers an exciting opportunity for successful candidates to tackle fundamental research problems within a stimulating multi-disciplinary research environment with state of the art facilities and strong links to the international research community.

PhD Stipend: €21000 (tax free)

To apply, candidates should submit a detailed CV, transcripts of undergraduate grades, motivation letter, and the names and addresses of two referees for letters of recommendation to: Informal enquiries to Prof. Doug Leith (

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