PhD on "WIreless sensor Networks for urban Local Areas Surveillance" (WINLAS)

Research / Academic

In the last few years tactical scenarios have changed significantly. More and more conflicts are nowadays placed in urban areas rather than in open field ones. As a consequence the requirements to support classical open field operations are sensibly different from those needed in military operations in urban terrain. The urban environment is significantly different that the utility of conventional sensing and communication platforms is rendered problematic. 
The objective of WINLAS is to analyze and demonstrate how the environment perception can be improved by using new technologies (i.e. sensor networking and data management) in order to manage a big number of heterogeneous sensors placed in an urban environment. In addition, the project will investigate how the situational awareness of forces can be improved and how mission effectiveness is affected. 
Within WINLAS, the goal of the SEC group is the design of a flexible authorization solution for loT systems. Moreover, it will focus on security and privacy aspects of data fusion. 
An extensive project description is available on request. 


  • carry out research within the project, in cooperation with the other parties involved;
  • develop and maintain the tools required by the project, in cooperation with the other parties involved;
  • contribute to the writing of scientific papers;
  • finishing a PhD thesis within four years;
  • a small contribution to the teaching activities of the Security cluster may be asked.


We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements: 

  • a MSc in Computer Science, Mathematics or closely related field with above average results;
  • a research oriented attitude;
  • interest in computer security and access control;
  • good communicative skills in English, both written and oral;
  • ability to work in a team, cooperate with the industrial partners.

Salary Benefits:

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called '30% facility', which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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