PhD vacancy in verifiable and elastic wireless communication infrastructures


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. 

Ghent University – imec IDLab Research group

The Internet & Data Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. 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 more than 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. 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).

The IDLab wireless team consists of 30 researchers and has gained profound scientific expertise and knowledge on wireless networking with a prime focus on end-to-end solutions covering all layers in the end-to-end protocol stack. For further development of the IDLab wireless research team in Ghent, we are looking for a PhD candidate in the domain of Verifiable and elastic end-to-end communication infrastructures. 


Digital communication plays a pivotal role in professional environments, supporting both persons, machines and things to interact with each other over a communication network. The amount of data being transported is increasing rapidly, with a lot of traffic migrating to private networks for both performance and accountability reasons. Communication becomes increasingly diverse, more real-time, time-critical and subject to change over time. For purposes such as mobility, flexibility or cost, wireless connectivity – in various forms, from sensor networks to high capacity networks - has become an integral part of professional networking environments.

Extrapolating these trends of how networking will evolve over the next 10 years, we expect private professional networks to become extremely programmable, converged wired-wireless network environments, fully shared by a multitude of applications. They support very diverse and demanding traffic types such as industrial control loops, real-time audio/video, robots, AR/VR, etc. They work in tight collaboration with end devices to rapidly and automatically adjust operation to meet application requirements and to perform real-time verification of the network performance, thus becoming both flexible and deterministic.

Today, we are far from achieving that vision, requiring significant research efforts to bring time- sensitive networking and programmability to the wireless domain and to take a holistic approach where wired and wireless network segments, as well as the end devices and their applications, are considered in tandem when it pertains to end-to-end flow control, monitoring and management.

You will contribute in filling in this gap, delivering solutions for next-generation verifiable and elastic end-to-end communication networks that stand out in fulfilling, guaranteeing and verifying the challenging requirements of current and future applications running on top. 

The job

  • Under the supervision of prof. Jeroen Hoebeke and prof. Ingrid Moerman, you prepare a PhD dissertation on time-sensitive wireless communication networks, a tighter application-network integration and/or advanced monitoring and feedback mechanisms.
  • You publish and present results both at international conferences and in scientific journals.
  • You will validate your research by setting up prototyping environments in our lab and considering concrete industrial use cases.
  • You tightly collaborate with IDLab colleagues working on Software Defined Radio solutions for time-sensitive communication (IDLab’s openwifi platform - and on programmable wired communication networks.
  • You will participate in the framework of national and European research projects, and collaborate on a technical level with research partners from industry
  • You will assist in limited educational tasks of the research group. 

Job requirements

  • You have (or will receive within a few months) a Masters of Science degree from a European university, preferably in Electronics Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.
  • You are interested to do research in an academic environment for a 4 years period in view of a PhD degree
  • You have a keen interest in communication protocol stacks and networks in general, and wireless communication networks in particular.
  • You have experience in writing software and prototyping. Knowledge of C, C++ and Linux is a must. In-depth knowledge on building (wireless) communication stacks is an extra asset.
  • 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 have strong analytical skills to interpret the obtained research results.
  • You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
  • Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing.


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