Postdoc position in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering

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Job description

Our research goal is to exploit light for communication and sensing.

For almost a century, radio frequency has monopolized wireless communication, and more recently sensing. But it is time for light to make a comeback. Light was the first means to achieve long range communication (e.g. fire towers and mirrors) and with recent advances in smart materials and optics we want it to be a pervasive means to communicate and sense in future smart cities. A few of the exciting projects that we are currently working on are: (1) To provide navigation services to drones only with light bulbs, without using cameras, GPS or radios of any type, (2) To transform lights into Internet of Thing devices for human-computer interaction, any LED can be converted into a wireless transmitter without disrupting its main purpose for illumination, (3) To exploit sunlight for wireless communication, we are controlling the level of transparency of window panels so they can transmit data to a smartphone or laptop, without causing any disturbances to users.

You will be part of team formed by PhD and Master students working jointly to create a radically different infrastructure: one that relies solely on light and operates in a sustainable manner. At the core of our systems are the use of MEMS and smart materials that can control the amount of light passing through them (similar to using a mirror to change light reflection patterns). We are building novel hardware, analytical frameworks and systems. The ultimate goal is to transform the 'passive' lights and 'dead' surfaces in our cities and buildings into wireless transmitters and sensors.

We are looking for candidates that are aiming at faculty positions or research labs and would like to take the Postdoc position as a means to strengthen their publishing, technical and advising skills. Our group publishes at visible venues in our areas such as Mobicom, SenSys, IPSN, Percom and Infoco


Applicants must have a PhD degree in computer science, electrical engineering or a closely related field. The areas of interest are Mobile Computing/Wireless Communication, Human Computer Interaction, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Robotics and Machine Learning but with a strong connection with Internet of Things applications. A strong background in embedded systems is required. The position demands analytical and programming skills, as well as eagerness to perform experimental work and to advise Master and PhD students. The successful applicant should have excellent writing skills and a team player personality. Prior knowledge on Visible Light Communication is a plus but not required

Conditions of employment

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Marco Zuniga at

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? The vacancy will be open until filled. The planned starting date is the first quarter of 2022. Please submit your application before December, 2021 and add the following documents to your application:

  1. Detailed CV highlighting competitive academic performance.
  2. The CV should include the name and contact information of at least two referees.
  3. Optional: Motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.
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