Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (The Netherlands) Deadline: June 28, 2019

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Application Deadline

June 28, 2019

Program Commencement

September 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

Delft University of Technology, also known as TU Delft, is the largest and oldest Dutch public technological university, located in Delft, Netherlands. It counts as one of the best universities for engineering and technology worldwide.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) offers a PhD position in the Embedded and Networked Systems group, which belongs to the Department of Software Technology (ST). EEMCS is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programs. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. The ST department comprises research groups working on core computer science and engineering topics.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School and will be part of a team that works towards creating a radically different wireless channel: one that relies solely on ambient light and operates in a sustainable (no batteries) and privacy-preserving (no cameras) manner. You will develop a new communication platform based on smart materials that can control the amount of light passing through them (similar to the concept of using a mirror to communicate via light reflections). You will build novel hardware, model the platform mathematically, develop new wireless protocols and evaluate the overall system on real outdoor scenarios. The ultimate goal is to transform the ‘dead’ surfaces in our cities into wireless transmitters: ambient light will impinge over the exposed surfaces of buildings, cars, tram stops, etc., and these surfaces will reflect back light but with embedded information.

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Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering or a closely related field. A good knowledge of wireless communications and embedded systems is required. The position demands strong analytical and programming skills, as well as eagerness to build new systems and perform experimental work. The successful applicant should have good English language proficiency and a team player personality. Prior knowledge on Visible Light Communication is a plus.

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Application Process

Apply online. See the online application form to submit your CV (including contact to two referees), transcripts for your BSc and MSc, and a copy of your most representative scientific publication (in case you have one). Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The vacancy will be opened until filled. The planned starting date is September 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Marco Zuniga, Assistant Professor, Email:

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