PhD Position Robust Signal Processing for Next Generation Automotive Radars

Research / Academic

The Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC) is offering one PhD vacancy under the newly funded ‘Signal Processing for Environment-Aware Radar’ (SPEAR) project. The project will be carried out in the research group of Dr. N. J. Myers, in collaboration with researchers at the faculty of 3mE and the faculty of EEMCS. The PhD candidate will work on industry-relevant scientific challenges in collaboration with industry experts from NXP.
Dr. Myers’s group at TU Delft develops and analyzes novel signal processing techniques for communications and sensing with wireless systems. We focus on both applied and theoretical aspects of challenging problems in connected automotive and radars.
In next generation automotive networks, radars will be deployed in almost every vehicle to ensure safe driving. In such dense radar deployments, signals from multiple radars interfere with each other and deteriorate the perception capability of the radars.  This PhD project will develop new signal processing techniques, to construct multi-dimensional digital radar waveforms and algorithms, that ensure interference-robust radar operation even in dense automotive networks. Our techniques are also expected to adapt to the sensing environment, by leveraging information from various sensors in an automotive. 
Relevant research from our lab members:
[1] H. Masoumi, N. J. Myers, G. Leus, S. Wahls, and M. Verhaegen, “Structured Sensing Matrix Design for In-sector Compressed mmWave Channel Estimation,” IEEE SPAWC 2022. [Best Student Paper Award]
[2] K. Patel, N. J. Myers, and R. W. Heath Jr., “Circulant Shift-based Beamforming for Secure Communication with Low-resolution Phased Arrays,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (early access), 2022
[3] P. Kumari, N. J. Myers, and R. W. Heath Jr., “An adaptive and fast beamforming design for automotive millimeter-wave joint communication-radar,” IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing, vol. 15, no. 5, June 2021
[4] V. Slobodyanyuk, R. Rimini, U. Fernando, N. J. Myers and V. Varadarajan, “High resolution and computationally efficient radar techniques”, US Patent Appl. no. 16/885,239, May 2020
[5] R. Rimini, P. Huang, and N. J. Myers, “Wireless communication with enhanced maximum permissible exposure (MPE) compliance based on vital signs detection”, US Patent Appl. no. 17/000,228, Aug 2020


  • A Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Systems & Control, Engineering Physics, Applied Mathematics, or any field related to the lab’s research topics;
  • A background in applied mathematics, particularly, linear algebra and probability;
  • A solid understanding of statistical signal processing and optimization;
  • A background in radar and wireless communication is desirable, but not mandatory;
  • An experience in programming e.g., Python, MATLAB, R;
  • A good command of English (verbal and written);
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Salary Benefits:

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts 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.

Work Hours:

36 - 40 hours per week


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