Senses Lab

SEnsors NetworkS and Embedded Systems Laboratory

Center for Cyber Intelligence and Information Security

Pre-Ph.D. research positions in underwater networking, Internet of Things, and 5G advanced wireless technologies (2017)

Positions are available for research on next-generation networking with the SENSES Lab of the Department of Computer Science of the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” Research topics include:

  • Underwater sensor networks, for monitoring, surveillance, and coastal sustainability, including multi-modal (e.g., acoustic and optical) communications and networking, security of underwater networks, and optimization of cooperative robotics systems with networked underwater autonomous vehicles and above water drones.
  • Advanced wireless technologies for the future Internet of Things, including wake-up radios for zero power IoT, IoT security, green IoT systems with multi-source energy harvesting, and optimization of heterogeneous IoT systems.
  • Systems and technologies for 5G networking and beyond, including network virtualization (software-defined networking), mmWave and visible light communications networks, optimization of HetNets, and fog computing.

These positions are supported by cutting edge European and national research projects (including follow ups of the Sapienza-led SUNRISE project) are synergetic with the possibility of starting a Ph.D. in November 2017. Successful candidates will contribute to forefront research on underwater and terrestrial networking in a stimulating international group. Collaboration with leading European and US researchers (see SENSES web site for ongoing collaborations), long-term visits to international institutions, participation to international at sea and in field campaigns, and internships are a distinguished feature of the Ph.D. experience in our group.


Candidates are expected to:

  • Have earned a M.S. or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering or related fields by the time of the application.
  • Possess strong programming skills in C/C++. Knowledge of Python is a plus.
  • Be fluent in English. (Knowledge of Italian is NOT a requirement).
  • Publications in networking and experience with network simulation and/or testbed programming are pluses.


  • Application deadlines: Friday April 28th 2017 (first call); July 10th (second call)
  • Starting date: As early as possible. Ideally between June and September 2017.
  • Duration: 1+1+1 years (in the case of a Ph.D.)
  • Salary: E25200/year, depending on qualifications. This type of research contract is exempt from most taxes. E25200/year corresponds to around E1570/month.


The applicant must e-mail a SINGLE pdf file containing the following documentation to

  • A detailed CV;
  • Contact information for at least three references;
  • A short description (two to three pages) of research experiences;
  • Transcripts.
Please, include the job reference [SENSES-1-2017] in the subject line. Further inquiries can be directed to professor Chiara Petrioli at


The Sapienza University of Rome is a seven-century-old university located in the heart of Rome, the capital of Italy. It is one of the largest universities in Europe, with around 150,000 students. The College of Information Engineering, Informatics and Statistics, which include the department of Computer Science, is one of the youngest, most energetic and scientifically active environments of “La Sapienza.” The University is an equal opportunity employer.


The department of Computer Science of “La Sapienza” is a modern and well-equipped research department with top-class faculty and a strong Ph.D. program. The department is consistently ranked as n.1 CS Department in Italy according to both national and international rankings. The department comprises 44 faculty members with extensive experience of coordination of international research projects, including three ERC grant holders. Faculty include Fulbright, Marie Curie and Sloan fellowships awardees, and recipients of prestigious international awards. Selected candidates for these positions will be based in Rome, a world-class city that is among the most historic, beautiful and interesting cities in the planet. The department is situated in the vicinity of the main University Campus, close to a student area with cafes, bars, restaurants, top-rated museums, and it is only a short bus ride from the city center. Candidates should not worry about the language barrier, as Italians are in general very friendly. English is spoken widely throughout the department. Information on the Ph.D. program in computer science can be found here.