PhD position in Radio Systems

University of Twente
April 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2.541
Working address:N/A
Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Full time
Working type:N/A
Ref info:N/A

The group of Radio Systems (RS) within the University of Twente (UT) has a vacancy for a PhD with the aim to define a novel framework for joint communication and sensing at millimeter-wave (and sub-THz) frequencies. With the advancement of millimeter-wave and sub-THz communications, radio devices with a large bandwidth, a larger number of antenna array elements and beamforming are also suitable for high accuracy localization and sensing. Integrating high resolution radar sensing to high-speed communication systems could make the wireless connectivity more reliable (e.g., blockage prevention); telecommunication infrastructure that is capable of multi-task sensing (e.g., environment mapping, detection, localization and tracking, pose recognition, vital sign estimation) could also enable vertical services like remote health monitoring and autonomous driving. With the next generation joint communication and sensing (JCAS) systems, both the communication and sensing performances are expected to increase.

Despite promising, there are a lot of open challenges and also new technical requirements. Recent advances in MIMO, millimeter-wave and sub-THz communication, radars, artificial intelligence, among others, will be the technical foundation for this promising direction. However, how much performance boost can we expect for communication/sensing? What are the trade- offs? What new signal processing techniques or design principles do we need? How about the power and resource consumption? What are the security and privacy concerns?

The candidate will tackle the open challenges of JCAS, with a focus on hardware prototyping, proof-of-concept, JCAS system and performance optimization. He/she will connect wireless communications and radar (and maybe also data science) communities in order to seek synergies and novel solutions/designs.

Your profile
  • We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and driven researcher.
  • You have, or will shortly acquire, a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • You have a technical background in wireless communications, radar sensing, with knowledge of radio systems, antennas and radio propagation, multi- antenna and MIMO, applied electromagnetic waves and signal processing. Experience with FPGA and radio system prototyping is a plus.
  • You are passionate and results-driven, can think independently and creatively, and are a problem solver with excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • You want to work in international and multi-disciplinary environments.
  • You are proficient in English, both speaking and writing.
  • You have hand-on publication, programming and measurement skills.
  • Our offer
  • As a PhD student at UT, you will be appointed to a full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating and exciting scientific environment;
  • The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues;
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.541,- (first year) to € 3.247,- (fourth year);
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme;
  • The flexibility to work (partially) from home;
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid);
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other staff.
  • Information and application

    Are you interested to be part of our team? Please send your application before 1st of April 2023 via the "apply now" button and include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, experiences relevant to the position, motivations to apply for this position;
  • A detailed CV (resume) including a list of all courses attended and grades acquired, references and, if applicable, a publication list.
  • A short description (maximum 1 page A4) of your MSc research.
  • Additional information about this position can be acquired from Dr. Y. Miao ( and A.B.J. Kokkeler ( ).

    About the organisation

    The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

    How to apply Step 1

    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

    Want to know more? Miao, Y. (Yang)

    Assistant Professor

    Miao, Y. (Yang)

    Assistant Professor

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Yang for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



    Your Colleagues Kokkeler, A.B.J. (Andre)

    Personal page

  • Miao, Y. (Yang)
  • Personal page

  • Hannink, E.M. (Lillian)
  • Personal page

  • Our mission Human Touch
  • At the UT it's all about people, in line with our university's High Tech Human Touch philosophy. In everything we do, the well-being and future of our students and staff are paramount. From research and teaching to personnel management, campus management and the use of new technologies.

  • Our mission We are a university of technology
  • Our university is a public institution that serves society. We are accountable to society for the ways in which we use our academic freedom. We are responsible for ensuring that the power of science and technology is harnessed to achieve the best possible impact in a changing world. We cherish our rich tradition of combining technical and social sciences in our five profiling themes: Improving healthcare by personalized technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

  • Our mission We help to strengthen society
  • We help society meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. But we are also transparent about what science and technology can and cannot do in finding sustainable solutions. And help translate these solutions into everyday life.

  • Our mission We are sustainable
  • We want our communities to flourish and show resilience, so we seize opportunities for innovation. We are knowledgeable and have an eye for what society needs. Our students and staff receive all the guidance they need in their quest for ecological, social and economic sustainability. “The University of Twente is all about people. Our sustainable technologies help to strengthen society.”

    Browse all jobs

    From this employer

    Recent blogs

    Recent news