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Post-doctoral Researcher on Optical Wireless Communication in Indoor Networks

We are looking for an experienced post-doctoral researcher to work on the analysis, design, implementation and validation of in-home networking techniques based on optical wireless communication in the Electro-Optical Communication Systems (ECO) group, Department of Electrical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


The exploding need for in-door wireless communication capacity is getting beyond the capabilities of traditional radio techniques. The available radio bandwidth gets exhausted, wireless devices start interfering with each other in this overcrowded radio spectrum, and high-capacity radio is consuming increasing amounts of power. Optics can offer a breakthrough, by means of the huge bandwidth of its spectrum, together with intelligent networking. We aim to create this breakthrough by a revolutionary combination of novel techniques: 1) a multitude of dynamically-steered free-space optical beams, 2) an intelligently routed optical fibre network backbone, 3) flexible radio communication techniques, and 4) intelligent heterogeneous network management.

This hybrid network concept will increase the available wireless bandwidth by several orders of magnitude, while improving energy-efficiency. The optical beam communication techniques will be combined with intelligent optical signal routing techniques in the fibre backbone network to optimize the end-to-end network performance, and with advanced low-power highly-integrated radio techniques for upstream communication which will also provide for user localisation and tracking capabilities, in order to deliver ultra-broadband services to every user, tailored for their device. Advanced network management and control functions are needed in order to make the heterogeneous physical layer entities working together in a well-coordinated way and to make them adapting dynamically to the needs of the users and of the environment.

Several PhD students are working on the challenges mentioned above, addressing free-space optical communication, dynamic routing in a fibre backbone, radio techniques for high-capacity data transfer and device localisation and tracking, and advanced overall network management and control, respectively.

The post-doctoral researcher's tasks are

  • to define and outline the overall system architecture in detail, while carefully aligning the capabilities of each of the constituting techniques;
  • to provide guidance and support to the four PhD students and the technicians involved;

  • to take the leading role in the system integration work in order to design, implement and validate an integrated laboratory demonstrator.


    Candidates must have

  • a PhD degree in the field of Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics;
  • a solid background in optical communication techniques, radio communication techniques, and have affinity with network management and control techniques. This background should amongst others be tangible from their list of publications;
  • hands-on laboratory experience in these fields;
  • excellent communication skills and be fluent in English, which is the working language in the ECO group.
  • Arbeidsvoorwaarden

    We offer
  • a full time appointment for at least 1.5 years (preferred start date: June 2018)
  • gross monthly salaries and conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), scale 10, depending on your experience.
  • interesting cooperation with high-tech industry in- and outside The Netherlands.
  • an attractive package of benefits, including end-of-year allowance, and excellent sport facilities.

  • More information on employment conditions can be found here: www.tue.nl/en/university/working-at-tue/working-conditions/

    Additionele informatie

    For further information you can contact Prof. Ton Koonen (phone +31 40 247 4806, email: a.m.j.koonen@tue.nl ).

    For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Mrs.Tanja van Waterschoot (t.a.m.v.waterschoot@tue.nl).

    If you are interested in this position, please use the '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,
  • 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 2 MB each.