Job Profile “Senior Standardization Researcher” (w/m/d) internal position name: “Senior Architect”

DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH (DOCOMO Euro-Labs) was established in November 2000 in Munich, Germany.  DOCOMO Euro-Labs’ mission is to contribute to the evolution of future mobile systems. Important research areas include 5G Advanced technologies and beyond 5G network technologies and architecture. As a part of its research, DOCOMO Euro-Labs participates in standardization activities as well as technology investigation and technology scouting. To achieve our mission, DOCOMO Euro-Labs takes advantage of its location and collaborates with European operators, vendors, venture companies and universities and contributes to standardization activities (mainly 3GPP, ETSI and O-RAN Alliance) and Verticals associations (e.g., 5G-ACIA).

Since 2005, DOCOMO Euro-Labs is at the forefront in pre-standardization and standardization of 3GPP Core Network. Now, we are looking for a highly motivated and skilled Senior 3GPP Standardization Researcher to further boost our activities and adoption of 5G and next generation networks (6G) for vertical applications within NTT DOCOMO and the telecom industry at large. Together with the rest of the members at DOCOMO Euro-Labs and NTT DOCOMO Headquarters, we will make a change to further enhance and facilitate the development and deployment of cost effective, highly reliable and better performing mobile networks.

Your Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Perform DOCOMO Euro-Labs standardization activities in 3GPP Working Groups such as SA1, SA2, RAN3 (5G and 6G System Architecture) in cooperation with NTT DOCOMO Headquarters.
  • Perform back-office work and attend standardization meetings both F2F and online.
  • Architect and engineer solutions suitable for standardization, with a focus on 5G and 6G System Architecture, according to NTT DOCOMO requirements.
  • Perform pre-standard research on 5G evolution and next generation (6G) technologies to enable verticals and added-value services.
  • Promote the creation of and contribute to collaborations with selected partners from industry such as telecom operators and vendors.
  • Develop robust intellectual property and increase NTT DOCOMO’s portfolio of standard essential patents.


To be successful in the role you must have:

  • 3+ years of proven experience in Telecommunications Core Network technologies based on 3GPP framework.
  • Thorough knowledge of mobile networks (5G and previous generations), in particular of 5G architecture and 5G core protocols, requirements and RAN.
  • Experience in network-related standardization bodies such as 3GPP, ETSI and IETF, and/or pre- standardization vertical industries alliances such as 5G-ACIA, 5GAA, etc.
  • Proven flexibility of addressing any network related topic with potential for standardization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across multi-functional and cultural boundaries to deliver results and changes.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills. The person should be a good communicator and should have good skills to present also to non-expert people.


It is also desirable if you have:

  • Experience in leadership roles, such as editor/rapporteur roles, in standardization and industry alliances.
  • R&D experience in mobile network areas (e.g., Service Based Architecture, RAN-Core Convergence, etc.) and the broader context of advanced networking technologies, including technical support or setting up proofs of concept/trials.
  • Experience in industry research projects such as those developed within EU or US research and innovation programs.
  • Knowledge of technologies related to AI/ML and their applications to Telco services would be a plus.
  • Project management experience


Other skills:

  • Demonstrated capabilities to work self-driven in a distributed organization on multiple tasks in parallel.
  • Strong ability to analyze complex technical challenges and passion to find creative/disruptive solutions.
  • Be capable of adapting to new work tasks or work in new technical areas as the telco industry evolves.
  • Strong excellence awareness.
  • Availability to travel globally.


Additional criteria:

  • Academic degree, minimum on master level, in engineering (IT, Telecom)
  • Record in the above-identified technical areas is necessary.
  • Fluent English is essential.
  • If applicable, please include the copy of valid work/residence permits for Germany.


Job location:

  • Munich, Germany


Joining date:

  • 1st Apr 2024


To apply:

Email your cover letter and resume in confidence to recruitment@docomolab-euro.com specifying the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your message.

Application closing date: 31.03.2024

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