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PhD position: Artificial Intelligence Enabled Large-Scale Tunable Delays (V36.4218)

PhD position: Artificial Intelligence Enabled Large-Scale Tunable Delays

Department of Electrical Engineering
Artificial Intelligence
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PhD position: Artificial Intelligence Enabled Large-Scale Tunable Delays on Chip for (Beyond) 5G Optical Front-Haul

The Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for 1 PhD student on Artificial Intelligence Enabled Large-Scale Tunable Delays on Chip for (Beyond) 5G Optical Front-Haul within the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group of the department of Electrical Engineering.

The aim of his/her PhD research project is to investigate a novel device and system concept of photonic artificial intelligence for optically assisted radio beam steering for realizing high capacity and agile beyond 5G cellular communication systems.

Research challenges
More and more wireless devices will be needed in the foreseeable future, as sketched e.g. by the vision of the Wireless World Research Forum which states that we are evolving towards the era of “hyperconnectivity”, where the number of devices connected to the Internet vastly exceeds the number of connected people. Market forecasts show that more than 1000 wireless devices per person will be connected to the web in the very near future. This is also part of the ambitions of the upcoming 5th Generation wireless networks, where not only capacity and latency are the main target, but also flexibility and agility, for which beam steering is a key functionality.

Integrated photonics can play an important role here: compact, low-power and high-capacity optical front-haul can be delivered for feeding a smart antenna system consisting of phased-array antennas. As the number of antenna elements becomes larger and the requirements for steering accuracy become stricter, the control plane becomes more complex and current technologies are not effective anymore. A new approach needs to be explored and realized within project, which includes the development of artificial intelligence based algorithms and the realization of photonic artificial neural networks. The exploitation of brain-inspired architectures for the control plane optimization is a research area which has not been explored yet, but it is foreseen to provide a step-change in wireless network performance. 

In this research program, the student will explore novel optical techniques for generating, transporting, detecting and controlling optical signals over hybrid networks partly consisting of fiber and partly of wireless links. He/she should design and realize integrated optical circuitry which can perform these functions efficiently. The work comprises analytical, simulation and experimental activities. The final goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of artificial intelligence concepts for radio communication using photonic integrated circuits.

The team
The PhD student position is within the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group, part of the Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI), in the Department of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. ECO has about 30 members, 20 of which are PhD students.

The Institute for Photonic Integration (IPI) has five dynamic and ambitious research groups, which are closely cooperating: a systems group, a photonic integration technology group and three materials research groups. IPI has obtained a prestigious NWO Zwaartekracht research grant for interdisciplinary research into integrated photonics, including research into novel photonic materials, devices and systems. The PhD student will participate to this research program and will collaborate intensely with the Photonic Integration group, also part of IPI. The IPI (previously COBRA) is internationally leading on advanced InP-based photonic integrated circuits technology and optical system and sub-system demonstration.

Job requirements

Candidates for this project must have:

  • A Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or in Telecommunications or in Applied Physics;
  • Strong affinity for optical and/or wireless communication techniques;
  • He/she must be familiar with optical and electronic laboratory measurement equipment, optical fiber system setups and components, electronic circuits as well as needs to have programming skills. Affinity with AI algorithms is a plus;
  • Background in semiconductor devices and general knowledge about semiconductor physics, modelling and component design. Knowledge of integration technologies is appreciated;
  • Independency in thinking and problem solving attitude;
  • He/she must have good communication skills, must be fluent in English, both in speaking and in writing, and must have good team-working capabilities.

Conditions of employment

We offer you:

  • An exciting job in a dynamic work environment
  • The possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full time appointment for four years at Eindhoven University of Technology (
  • The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities, increasing from
    € 2.325 per month initially, to € 2.972 in the fourth year.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including end-of-year bonus (8,3% in December), an extra holiday allowance (8% in May), moving expenses and excellent sports facilities.

We are searching for suitable candidates in anticipation of a grant agreement to be signed. When official approval is received, we can definitively commit to hire the candidates.

Information and application


Questions regarding the academic content of the position can be directed to:

- Dr. Patty Stabile (phone +31 40 2475387 , email: r.stabile[at] and

- Dr. Eduward Tangdiongga (phone +31 40 2473219, email: e.tangdiongga[at]

More information on employment conditions can be found here:  


If you are interested in this PhD student position, please use ‘apply now’ button. You must upload the following documents (in pdf):

  • A cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position,
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and awards),
  • Contact information of two references,
  • Copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained,
  • Half-page summary of your MSc thesis,
  • Proof of English language skills (if applicable), and
  • All other information that might be relevant.

Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 10 MB each.