PhD Vacancy for Resource-Aware Distributed Intelligence for Low Power & Batteryless Embedded Devices

Job description


​imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics 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 centres 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 IDLab, we are looking for a PhD candidate in Resource-Aware Distributed Intelligence for Low Power & Batteryless Embedded Devices.


The job

  • You will actively work on the preparation and defense of a PhD thesis on resource-aware distributed intelligence.
  • You will research methodologies to measure, estimate, predict and improve resource consumption (e.g., energy, computation, communication bandwidth) of distributed intelligence, with a focus on low-power and batteryless devices.
  • You will validate your research by setting up prototyping environments in our lab and considering concrete industrial use cases.
  • You will tightly collaborate with IDLab colleagues working on resource-aware and distributed intelligence.
  • You will interface and collaborate on a technical level with research partners from industry.
  • You will participate in the framework of international and national research projects (in collaboration with industry).
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project. 
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Electronics-ICT department of the Faculty of Applied Engineering and the IDLab research group.

    Job requirements

      • You have a Master of Science degree, preferably in (Applied) Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or related fields; or you will have obtained the Master of Science degree by the time you start working.
      • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
      • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp's educational vision.
      • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
      • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
      • You have experience with the design and use of embedded systems, both software and hardware. Experience in designing analog and/or digital circuits is a plus.
      • You have excellent programming skills (C, C++, python). Experience with machine learning is a plus.
      • Having experience with participating in national and/or international research projects is an advantage.
      • You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
      • Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing.

      Practical info

      • Type of contract: full time
      • Location: Antwerp
      • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
      • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
      • The planned start date is October 1st 2020 or as soon as possible after that date.
      • Application requirements: CV and motivation letter
      • Candidates with an interesting profile will be contacted for an interview (skype for international candidates).
      • The position will be filled as soon as possible.

      How to apply

      Please apply using the application button on this webpage. Applications sent to us via email will not be considered.

      Your application should consist of

      • A motivation letter
      • Full CV
      • More information about the position can be obtained through