Openings at ME

PhD position in radar signal processing for next generation vehicular networks

Opening for: PhD student

Status details

Announced:31 Oct 2022
Closing date:31 Jan 2023

Automotives in next-generation vehicular networks will be equipped with advanced communication and multi-modal sensing capabilities. Existing radar sensing solutions, however, are not designed to leverage this connectivity and sensing infrastructure. The PhD project will address this gap by developing advanced signal processing algorithms that make the best use of the available infrastructure.

The PhD candidate will work on distributed signal processing on radar data using the communication backbone network. The goal is to exploit vehicular connectivity to enhance perception in mixed traffic conditions where vehicles have varied sensing capabilities.

The candidate will be embedded in the research group of Dr. Geethu Joseph and will have close collaboration with colleagues from the section Signal Processing Systems and the Department Microelectronics within the Faculty of EEMCS at the TU Delft and the Faculty of 3mE. The PhD candidates will also work in close collaboration with industry experts from NXP. 



  • A Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems & Control, Engineering Physics, Applied Mathematics, or any field related to the lab's research topics;
  • A background in applied mathematics, particularly, linear algebra and probability;
  • A solid understanding of statistical signal processing and optimization;
  • A background in radar and wireless communication is desirable, but not mandatory;
  • An experience in programming eg, Python, MATLAB, R
  • Good command of English (verbal and written);
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details, please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.


To apply, please follow the process indicated on the formal vacancy announcement and upload the following:

  • A cover letter stating your motivation (max 1 page) and mentioning your preferred project (distributed signal processing or waveform design);
  • A detailed curriculum vitae;
  • Name and contact information of two professional referees;
  • A list of courses taken with grades obtained in Bachelors and Masters degree;
  • A list of publications (if any);
  • A summary of Bachelors and Masters thesis.

Candidates are also encouraged to look at another PhD vacancy: TUD02957 - PhD Position Robust Signal Processing for Next Generation Automotive Radars within the project SPEAR, in the group of Nitin Myers at 3ME.

The available position will be filled as soon as possible (ie once a suitable candidate is found). This means that the selection of candidates will already start before the application deadline.


dr. Geethu Joseph

Assistant Professor

Signal Processing Systems Group

Department of Microelectronics

More information

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.