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Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy PhD position “Distributed Deterministic Computer Vision” for Marie Curie EID (RetNet project)

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The European Industrial Doctorate Programme on Future Real-Time Networks (RetNet) aims at advancing the state of the art and practice in predictable real-time and Internet networking, a research area of immediate interest to European industry. The project supports 5 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers) to investigate various aspects of real-time communication networks targeting future embedded applications.

RetNet will be conducted in close cooperation of Mälardalen Real-Time Research Centre (MRTC), at Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden and TTTech Computertechnik AG, Vienna, Austria. The programme is further supported by the associated partners Vienna University of Technology, Volvo Construction Equipment, Ericsson and ABB.

The researchers will participate in the scientific curriculum at MDH and gain experience in industrial R&D at TTTech. All five PhD students will have both an academic and an industrial supervisor supporting them in their individual PhD research projects.


Within the last decade, real-time communication in various embedded system domains has seen a significant trend towards time-determinism and high reliability. Time-triggered embedded networks have found wide attention in e.g. the aerospace, automotive and industrial domains. Today, the real-time world faces a strong demand for supporting the “open-world” communication paradigm, where classic real-time communication is combined with dynamic and flexible communication aspects. This integration requires careful attention especially when core features of time-triggered communication such as dependability and determinism are combined with dynamic and flexible networking approaches. Furthermore, critical system aspects of real-time control systems, most notably robustness, safety, and security must be addressed.

The RetNet project directly addresses these challenges of future real-time networks. RetNet targets the integration of real-time communication systems and open-world communication, researching and developing solutions for a broad range of future applications such as the Internet of Things. The work is based on time-triggered Ethernet technology (TTEthernet) which supports this integration. In particular, RetNet will advance the existing TTEthernet capabilities to meet the following high-level requirements:
• Architectural adaptations and extensions for mixed-criticality (guaranteed and best-effort) communication networks, including novel approaches to network configuration and harmonization of TTEthernet to existing networking standards
• Physical and architectural extensions to accommodate wireless communication
• Development of comprehensive security concepts for mixed-criticality networks
• Identification and development of future application models for mixed-criticality networks

The aim of the research project “Distributed Deterministic Computer Vision” is to research and develop the necessary methods and tools that allow to exploit the benefits of real-time and reliable networks based on TTEthernet also in the domain of future advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The tasks of the researcher will include:
• Capturing the state-of-the-art in computer vision, in particular distributed approaches in a computer network
• Conceptual development of solutions for enhancing distributed computer vision approaches with flexible real-time networks
• Development of concepts that improve the reliability of computer vision approaches
• Prototype development of the solutions as proofs of concept
• Testing and evaluation of the chosen approaches

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Engineering - Computer engineering
Technology - Computer technology
Computer science - Other

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)


The researcher will be employed at TTTech AG, Vienna and be fully embedded within the company. He or she will receive the same benefits as all employees according to Austrian laws (including social and health insurance). According to the Austrian Laws the “Kollektivvertrag für Angestellte des Metallgewerbes” (“Collective Agreement for Employees in the Metal Trade”) is applicable. For the above position a target gross compensation in accordance with the Marie Curie ITN funding scheme of 37.500,-- Euro (depending on the researcher’s family situation) is foreseen.

The RetNet EID programme further offers the PhD candidates the possibilities to receive both project-specific as well as soft-skills education and training through a wide range of courses, trainings, research trainings including education on entrepreneurship, intellectual property, project management, research proposal writing, presentation skills etc. Furthermore, the researchers will profit from secondments to Sweden (three to six months per year) and have the opportunity to participate in international scientific and outreach events.


Required Education Level
Degree Master Degree or equivalent
Degree Field Computer science
Degree Master Degree or equivalent
Degree Field Engineering
Required Languages
Language ENGLISH
Language Level Excellent
Additional Requirements
• Experience in software development for embedded devices
• Expertise in computer vision
• Good knowhow of real-time networks
• Interest in applied research and development
• Valid visa and work permit for EU if applicable
• The applicant shall match the Marie Curie classification of “Early Stage Researcher” (i.e. be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree).
• The Marie Curie ITN programme encourages inter-European mobility with the following eligibility condition for recruitment: “at the time of recruitment the researcher shall not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc…) in the country of the beneficiary [A/N: Austria or Sweden resp.] for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project.”
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