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Assistant Professor in Optical Wireless Convergent Networks and Systems

Assistant Professor in Optical Wireless Convergent Networks and Systems

The Center for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe) within the department of Electrical Engineering has a vacancy in the field of Optical Wireless Convergence Networks and Systems.
Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering
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Job description

Current and future wireless and mobile networks architectures, technologies, and applications will need to integrate optical technology in order to meet bandwidth, speed, latency, energy, and flexibility demands. The position will address this integration on an architectural, implementation, and operational level. In particular, you will research dynamic and real-time optimization of optical and wireless networks through artificial intelligence and data analytics. You will connect to network research outside the communication domain (e.g. power networks, sensing networks, biological neural networks).

This unique opportunity gives you the chance to live and work in one of the most powerful technology hubs in the world: Brainport Eindhoven. Globally, we stand out when it comes to collaborating with advanced industries. Together with other institutions, we form a thriving ecosystem with one common aim – to improve quality of life through sustainable innovations.

As a newly appointed faculty member, you will be working for the CWTe within the group Electro-Optical Communication group (ECO) of the department of Electrical Engineering.  Next to your research quality, your educational skills are very important as you will develop and teach courses at both undergraduate and graduate level.

The position is open immediately, but the start date is flexible.

Center for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWTe)

The CWTe is a collaboration of five research groups of the Electrical Engineering department of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e): Electromagnetics (EM), Integrated Circuits (IC), Signal Processing Systems (SPS), Electronic Systems (ES) and Electro-optical Communication (ECO).

The Center focuses on four programs: Ultra-High Data-Rate Systems, Ultra-Low Power and Internet-of-Things Communication, Terahertz Technology, and Radio Astronomy. Together, these programs cover a range of topics such as antenna design, wireless power transfer, data conversion, RF circuit design, signal processing, communications baseband algorithms, and optical and wireless access network design. CWTe continuously develops a vision for each of the programs, their applications, and supporting technologies.

The Ultra-High Data-Rate Systems program covers network architectures and system design for high-speed, high-capacity wireless communications aiming at solutions for pushing data rates toward terabits per second. The Ultra-Low Power and Internet-of-Things Communication program focuses on the spectrum and energy efficiency of the IoT, such as ultra-low-power circuitry and protocols. The goal is to develop enabling techniques for massive and dependable energy-efficient communication networks. The Terahertz Technology program is working on the next step to realize miniaturized and affordable terahertz systems. It will be these systems that will bring the wealth of terahertz applications from the laboratory to the real world where companies, medical centers and consumers will profit from the special detection and imaging properties of this frequency range. Finally, the Radio Astronomy program focuses on designing the next generation of radio telescopes. The universe has never been properly mapped at low frequencies (below 30 MHz), and this research contributes to a space-based radio telescope with the goal to look deeper into space.

The CWTe integrates various laboratories designed for research on wireless antennas covering an area of 700 square meters: from near-field scanning (the testing of antennas in a small space), to the testing of new chips on wafers. The facilities include a fully shielded metal room in which the most sensitive electronics can be measured. In a system integration lab, chips can be linked to other components.  There is a traditional anechoic chamber of 28m²facilitates antenna measurements from 500MHz till 40GHz. Next to classical far-field measurements it also supports planar near-field  measurements of large connectorized antenna systems. In particular, the combination of the various laboratories and the clustering of the associated expertise in one place make the CWTe unique in Europe.

Job requirements

  • A PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or, relevant area from a leading university.
  • Extensive understanding of the current and emerging wireless and mobile network architectures and technologies, and of the rapidly evolving applications.
  • Good understanding of network implementation and operation aspects.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated for instance by a relevant PhD thesis and strong publication record in top journals and conferences.
  • Experience in acquiring external research funding from (inter-)national funding bodies or industry is an asset.
  • Ability to teach, shown by experience or, assistance in teaching in the areas mentioned above as well as positive evaluations of these teaching efforts.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent proficiency (written and verbal) in English.  Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the department.
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
  • Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is a top-ranking Dutch university that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a number 1 position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

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More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact prof.dr. Sonia Heemstra de Groot, s.heemstradegroot[at]

For information about terms of employment, please contact Cyndi Geurts, Recruiter, c.g.geurts[at], +31 621167031

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  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Description of your scientific interests and plans (1-2 pages).
  • Statement of your teaching goals and experience (1-2 pages)

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