PostDoc position on signal processing for Small Spaceborne Radar

Department/faculty: Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38-40 hours weekly
Contract: 2 years
Salary: 3238 - 4084 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the social relevance of its research programmes. The faculty’s excellent facilities accentuate its international position in teaching and research. Within this interdisciplinary and international setting the faculty employs more than 1100 employees, including about 400 graduate students and about 2100 students. Together they work on a broad range of technical innovations in the fields of sustainable energy, telecommunications, microelectronics, embedded systems, computer and software engineering, interactive multimedia and applied mathematics.

The Department of Microelectronics has a strong interdisciplinary research and education programme in the areas of

1. health and well-being,

2.  autonomous systems,

3. next generation wireless and sensing technology and

4. safety and security.

With 11  IEEE Fellows among the staff, an excellent microfabrication infrastructure, electrical and physical characterisation facilities, and a strong international academic and industrial network, the department provides high-level expertise in each of these areas throughout the entire system chain. 

Within the distributed radar program, the Microwave Sensing, Signals and Systems group performs research on building situation awareness with multiple spatially distributed sensors (ground and crowd surveillance, weather and automotive radars). Our group performs theoretical and experimental research over a complete chain of radar operation, ranging from electromagnetic waves radiation, propagation and scattering through analogue and digital microwave signal processing to detection, positioning and tracking, navigation, classification and imaging of objects in complex environments. More on the research can be found at

Job description

The project offered is framed within the Dutch network on small spaceborne radar instruments and applications (NL-RIA) and aims at deriving new Earth Observation mission concepts based on SmallSat platforms. Working closely with other researchers within the network, the selected candidate will:

•Assess the system performance: Evaluation of Instrument performance (considering the system concept done). Identification of the issues affecting the performance and assessment of the radar performance through simulation. Extension of performance assessment for a distributed network. Formulation of requirements for sub-systems.

•Evaluate onboard processing: evaluation onboard data processing strategies and algorithms that lead to a significant reduction of the data volumes; investigation of how the proposed signal processing steps can be implemented in hardware (e.g. use of DSPs or FPGAs, or a combination of analog and digital processing).     


Holding a Ph.D. degree in a topic directly related to the radar remote sensing with a good understanding of radar systems and at least some background knowledge about spaceborne missions. Candidate should be an active team player and cooperate with other members of the knowledge network. Good programming skills in Matlab, Python or a similar high-level programming language is necessary to carry out system model simulation. Experience onboard processing (hardware implementation) is an advantage. Understanding a system design is not necessary but preferable.   

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. A. Yarovoy, Sr. Professor, email:, tel: +31 (0)15 2782496.

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by September 1, 2018 to Lotte Ophey at

When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI2018-50.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Working hours
38-40 hours weekly
2 years
3238 - 4084 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 1, 2018
Vacancy nr.


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