PhD Student

Last application date
Mar 31, 2024 00:00
TW05 - Department of Information Technology
Limited duration
Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics Engineering, or a related Master of Science degree
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Researcher for 5G and 6G electromagnetic field exposure modelling and assessment

The "WAVES" research group ( is the expertise center of the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University/IMEC in Belgium for physical-layer research of advanced wireless networks, bioelectromagnetics, and measurements, simulations and modeling of the radio channel and electromagnetic exposure of current and future wireless networks.

Function description
5th and 6th generation wireless networks use techniques as beamforming, massive antenna systems, distributed systems, and new spectrum bands to realize ubiquitous connectivity. The resulting radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic (EM) fields enable us with connectivity and wireless communication. However, people are exposed to the EM fields of these networks, and governments and the general public are worried about possible health effects when being exposed during long periods of time.
The new 5G networks alter our everyday exposure to environmental RF-EMF. Smart-city networks are starting to apply RF-EMF monitoring of the radiation of these wireless communications using geographically distributed sensors, and applying the Internet-of-Things (IoT). This research fits in a European Project where EM fields in different European countries are investigated. Important research domains in this context are:

  • Spatial modelling of 5G EM fields in e.g. cities
  • Temporal modelling of 5G EM fields
  • Experimental assessment of 5G and 6G electromagnetic fields
  • 6G human electromagnetic exposure assessment
  • Absorption assessment in the human body

Job profile

  • We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to perform research in the domains above in both national and international projects. Candidates with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics Engineering, or a related Master of Science degree qualify for this research job.

What do we offer?

  • We offer a pleasant work climate within a young dynamic team and the possibility of obtaining a PhD.
  • We offer a full-time position as a doctoral fellow, consisting of an initial period of 12 months, which - after a positive evaluation, will be extended to a total maximum of 48 months.

How to apply

If you are interested in this job offer, you can address your application letter and curr. vitae to:
Isabelle Van der Elstraeten
Ghent University / IMEC
iGent, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126
B-9052 Gent, BELGIUM
Tel: +32-9-2643321