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PhD: Wireless Communication for the Battery-less Internet of Things

Developing a battery-less Internet of Things (IoT) sensor

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


Your research goal will be to develop a battery-less Internet of Things (IoT) sensor. The sensor will be charged from ambient energy only (like solar power or radio frequency harvesting). Your challenge: sensors will need to communicate with existing IoT networks such as LORA or Narrowband IoT, but they need to be orders of magnitude more energy-efficient than existing IoT technology. The sensors you develop should not have batteries (only small capacitors) to make them small and environmentally friendly. Your goal will be to utilise low-power communication technologies such as backscatter or ultra-wideband to reach that goal. You will be expected to develop, fabricate, and test a new transceiver together with a new networking stack.

Your research will be part of a large Dutch project: TTW Perspectief ZERO on “Battery-less IoT”. As a case study you will be working on an autonomous parking sensor network.


Applicants must have a Master's degree in computer science or electrical engineering with an emphasis on wireless communications and embedded systems. Good English language proficiency and a team player personality are prerequisites. Analytical skills, C/Embedded programming abilities, a background in electronics design (Eagle and/or ADS and/or OrCAD) and willingness to perform experimental work are a must. Prior knowledge of RFID systems, LORA, cellular communications (Narrorwband IoT), and physics of backscatter and ultrawideband is a plus.


The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Przemyslaw Pawelczak, phone: +31 614238042, e-mail: p.pawelczak@tudelft.nl. To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV (with contact to two referees) along with a letter of application and detailed transcript of university grades to Hr-eemcs@tudelft.nl. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2017-29. The vacancy will be opened until filled.

Additional information

Dr. Przemyslaw Pawelczak
+31 (0)6-14238042

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools. Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science The position is situated in the Department of Software Technology (ST), in particular in the Embedded Software Group. ST is one of the leading Dutch departments in research and academic education in computer science, employing over 100 people. The ST Department is responsible for a large part of the curriculum of the bachelor’s and master’s programmes in Computer Science as well as the master’s programme in Embedded Systems. The inspiration for its research topics is largely derived from technical ICT problems in industry and society related to large-scale distributed processing, embedded systems, programming productivity, and web-based information analysis.

The Faculty's Embedded Software group (www.es.ewi.tudelft.nl/) has the ambition to improve the software development and maintenance process for embedded systems, design new wireless networking paradigms, and make small/embedded networks less reliant on batteries. The Embedded Software group performs research on many breakthrough technologies including energy-autonomous communications, wireless power transfer, visual light communication, and robotic systems, to name a few.