PhD Position in Wireless Communication with Ambient Light
Delft University of Technology School of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

Job Ttile: PhD Position in Wireless Communication with Ambient Light
Department:  Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2325 - 2972 euros monthly (full-time basis)


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty's excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

Within the EEMCS faculty, the position is open at the Embedded and Networked Systems group, which belongs to the Department of Software Technology (ST).

The ST department comprises research groups working on core computer science and engineering topics. The department is responsible for a large part of the curriculum of the BSc and MSc programmes in Computer Science as well as the MSc programme in Embedded Systems. The department's research mission is to perform excellent research at an internationally-recognised level in the design, construction and analysis of complex, concurrent and cooperative computer and information systems. Inspiration for the research topics is derived largely from technical ICT problems in industry and society.

The Embedded Software group ( 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.

Located in a charming college town, TU Delft is the largest and oldest public technological university in the Netherlands. The university is regularly ranked among the most highly-rated worldwide for engineering and technology. Information about academic careers in the Netherlands and working at TU Delft can be found at and


Job description

For almost a century, radio frequency has monopolized wireless communication. Only recently, we have started to use visible light to transmit information. Key to this major development is the ability to modulate LEDs (similar to the concept of turning a flashlight on/off to send Morse codes, but at such high speeds that no flickering effects are created). But not all lights can be modulated. For example, we cannot modulate the sun, but it would be transformative if we could untap that vast amount of optical energy to carry out massive wireless communication. You will be part of team that is working towards creating a radically different wireless channel: one that relies solely on ambient light and operates in a sustainable (no batteries) and privacy-preserving (no cameras) manner.

You will develop a new communication platform based on smart materials that can control the amount of light passing through them (similar to the concept of using a mirror to communicate via light reflections). You will build novel hardware, model the platform mathematically, develop new wireless protocols and evaluate the overall system on real outdoor scenarios. The ultimate goal is to transform the 'dead' surfaces in our cities into wireless transmitters: ambient light will impinge over the exposed surfaces of buildings, cars, tram stops, etc., and these surfaces will reflect back light but with embedded information.



Applicants must have a Master's degree in computer science, electrical engineering or a closely related field. A good knowledge of wireless communications and embedded systems is required. The position demands strong analytical and programming skills, as well as eagerness to build new systems and perform experimental work. The successful applicant should have good English language proficiency and a team player personality. Prior knowledge on Visible Light Communication is a plus.


Conditions of employment

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. 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 for more information.


Information and application

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Marco Zuniga, Assistant Professor, email:

To apply, please go to the following link:

to submit your CV (including contact to two referees), transcripts for your BSc and MSc, and a copy of your most representative scientific publication (in case you have one). Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The vacancy will be opened untill filled. The planned starting date is September 2019.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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