Vacancy: Post-doc position - wireless communications and networking for IoT

(12-09-2017) We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher in the broad domain of wireless communications and networking for Internet of Things.


imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics 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 ground-breaking 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 IDLab research group of imec performs fundamental and applied research on internet technologies and data science. IDLab is a joint research initiative between the University of Antwerp and Ghent University. The overall IDLab research areas are machine learning and data mining; semantic intelligence; distributed intelligence for IoT; cloud and big data infrastructures; multimedia coding and delivery; wireless and fixed networking; electromagnetics, RF and high-speed circuits and systems. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations.

IDLab is a core research group of imec and a significant part of IDLab research activities are embedded in the University of Antwerp. More specifically, the research on wireless networking is a joint activity between the University of Antwerp and Ghent University.

For further development of the IDLab wireless research cluster, we are looking for a post-doctoral researcher in the broad domain of wireless communications and networking for Internet of Things.

The job

  • You will conduct research on the scalability, energy efficiency and end-to-end determinism of MAC (e.g., scheduling) and network (e.g., routing) protocols for low-power wireless IoT networks. This work includes theoretical performance modelling, as well as experimental research (using simulation tools and hardware prototypes). You will work with different wireless technologies, including IEEE 802.11ah, IEEE 802.15.4e and NB-IoT.
  • You will be responsible for the daily supervision of PhD and master students that perform research on this topic.
  • You will participate in and help manage national and European research projects (often in collaboration with industry). Some example projects our team is currently working on include IDEAL-IoT, CONAMO and MuSCLe-IoT.
  • You will publish and present your work both at international conferences and in scientific journals.
  • You will assist in writing research grants for various national and European funding agencies (e.g., H2020, ESA, imec ICON, FWO).


  • You have a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Physics, Informatics, or equivalent.
  • You have (or will receive by the end of 2017) a PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications, Informatics or equivalent.
  • You have published in high-impact conferences and journals in the field.
  • You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written.
  • Having experience with managing and supervising team members is a plus.
  • Your research expertise is preferably in the broad area of computer communications and/or networking.
  • A track record in participating in national and/or European research projects is a plus.

Practical information

  • Starting date: between November 2017 and January 2018
  • Type of contract: full time
  • Employment: temporary assignment for 12 months with possible extension based on performance and availability of funding
  • Location: Antwerp (University of Antwerp, Campus Middelheim)
  • Application deadline: October 31, 2017
  • For more information, please contact Prof. Jeroen Famaey (


Applications should consist of

  • Full CV (including full list of publications)
  • A motivation letter
  • At least two references to contact
  • A published paper (preferably in a Web of Science indexed journal or top conference) of which you are the main author
Applications are now closed.
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