Openings at ME

PhD position in Data Retrieval and Target Classification with Radar

Opening for: PhD student

Status details

Announced:21 Apr 2020
Closing date:01 Jun 2020
The candidate will be responsible for the following activities:
  • Developing methods for signal processing in phased-array radar for building 3D situation awareness;
  • Development of data retrieval methods for 3D continuously distributed targets such as rain;
  • Development of artificial intelligence methods for classification of localized and distributed targets with automotive radars with focus on sensing signal design and dedicated signal processing schemes;
  • Experimentally verifying methods with operational weather and automotive radar;
  • Performing research according to the project plan;
  • Preparing and writing all project deliverables within the project.
The performance of the methods developed will be evaluated in simulations and validated with signals measured with real radar research platforms, which are available at MS3.

The researcher will work in a multi-disciplinary team connected to the main academic and industrial actors in the field.


The applicant should have an MSc degree with a background in electrical engineering, physics, remote sensing, computer science or mathematics and preferably strong knowledge of and interest in radar signal processing, remote sensing and classification methods including AI.

Programming experience in C/C++ and/or MATLAB/Python is expected; experience in working with actual radar will be an advantage.

Strong communication skills for interaction with the other members of the project’s team are expected. The researcher should have an open personality and good English language skills in order to closely cooperate with colleagues and students as well as write project documents.

European (EU) nationality is an advantage.

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV (with contact to two referees) along with a short letter of motivation before June 1, 2020. Please e-mail your application by to, mentioning vacancy number EWI2020-43.


prof.dr. Alexander Yarovoy

Professor, Chairman

Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems Group

Department of Microelectronics

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Additional information

In The Netherlands, almost all PhD positions are linked to funded research projects. This has several implications:
  • PhD students are employed: they receive a salary rather than a grant. Most projects have a duration of 4 years.
  • Positions become available once a project is funded. This can happen at any time during the year.
  • It typically takes 6 to 9 months for a project proposal to receive funding. In this period, a position may be anticipated but the outcome remains insecure. Once a project is funded, the open position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

If you are interested in our research, it merits to inquire whether openings will be available. We collect resumes of prospective PhD students throughout the year, for each of our research tracks.

General requirements

We make our selection based on the following general requirements:
  • Formal requirements regarding prior education: you should have earned an MSc degree at a recognized institute for higher education.
  • Background: you should have a background that fits the requirements of the project
  • Excellence: your Grade-Point-Average should be above 8 (10). Also your MSc thesis should have received a grade above 8 (10).
  • English: you should be able to communicate well in english (written and oral). Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores if available.
  • Originality: your MSc thesis or later work (publications) should reflect some original ideas. Critical and independent thinking is very important.
  • Team player: you should be able to work well in a team of other project members.
Your resume should contain contact information of prior advisors/supervisors who can provide feedback.