PhD in Device Free Localization

Job description


​Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer.


University of Antwerp – imec IDLab research group

The Internet & Data Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at the University of Antwerp and Ghent University. IDLab focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. IDLab is a joint research initiative between Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. Bringing together 300 internet experts, we develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics. Within Antwerp, where you will work, the overall IDLab research areas are machine learning and wireless networking. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations.

IDLab collaborates with many universities and research centers worldwide and jointly develops advanced technologies with industry (R&D centers from international companies, Flanders’ top innovating large companies and SME’s, as well as numerous ambitious startups).

For further development of the IDLab wireless cluster, we are looking for a PhD candidate in the domain of Device Free Localization and self-calibrating wireless sensor networks (WSNs).


The job

  • You work in the team of prof. Maarten Weyn, who focuses on ultra-low power sensor communication and embedded systems, Sub-1 GHz communication, sensor processing, and localization.
  • You prepare a PhD dissertation on Device Free Localization (DFL), see, and self-calibration of wireless sensor networks. You will be supervised by prof. Maarten Weyn and dr. Rafael Berkvens.
  • You publish and present results both at international conferences and in scientific journals.
  • You interface and collaborate on a technical level with research partners from industry and academia.
  • You will participate in the framework of European and national research projects (in collaboration with industry).
  • You will assist in limited educational tasks of the research group.

Application procedure

  1. Job posting closes on May 31, 2020
  2. First phase selection by June 10
  3. Coding test due by June 17
  4. Second phase selection by June 22
  5. Interviews in week of June 29
  6. Final selection by July 6

Job requirements


  • You have (or will receive within a few months) a Masters of Science degree, preferably in Electronics Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.
  • You have a keen interest in wireless communication, wireless sensor networks, and machine learning.
  • You have experience in writing software and prototyping.
  • Having published in high-ranking conferences and journals in the field is an advantage..
  • You are well-organized and able to autonomously plan and execute tasks.
  • You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
  • Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing.