Researcher in Electrical Engineering

Catholic University of Leuven


(ref. BAP-2023-701)
The research centre WaveCoRE in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of KU Leuven focuses on wireless communication fundamentals and systems. In the WaveCoRE, the Networked Systems group led by Prof. Sofie Pollin covers research on various fields of wireless communications and networking such as Cell-Free Massive MIMO, Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN), Internet of Things (IoT), Joint Communication and Sensing, Machine Learning-based Signal Processing, and Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer (SWIPT), etc. The vacancy is in the context of a MSCA doctoral network. We aim to train 10 talented PhD students on the topic of joint communication and sensing. This vacancy focuses on one of the 10 specific topics or vacancies for the training network. More info can be found in the link below.


6G is attracting extensive attention in both industry and academia. There are three new visions released by the ITU to top up 5G: integrated sensing and communication, integrated AI and communication, as well as ubiquitous connectivity that mainly employs non-terrestrial infrastructure such as drones and satellites. For these visions, there is a tremendous need for original communication solutions including sensing methodologies, channel theory, and cross-layer design. Therefore, we are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students to conduct cutting-edge research in wireless channels and sensing under the emerging 6G aerial networks. 
The position will target following objectives: To develop techniques to match the channel observation across different bands; To exploit the feature richness of multi-band sensing to detect minute changes of the environment; To exploit federated learning for low-overhead and accurate model training.



  • We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. researchers with interests in hardware, software, modelling, simulations, or algorithms.  
  • The applicant should hold a master's degree in electrical engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, or relevant fields.  
  • The applicant should also meet the minimum eligibility criteria for enrolling as a Ph.D. student at KU Leuven, namely, having exceptional grades as well as proficiency in English.  
  • The applicant should have a background in wireless communication, especially for channel modelling and sensing. The international publication held by the applicant will be a plus. 
  • Additionally, the applicant should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an international team. 



  • A Ph.D. scholarship for up to four years (subject to positive intermediate evaluations). If the applicant is non-EER, also up to 1-year pre-doc will be supported. 
  • An inclusive research environment, working on the intersection between theory and implementation, in a very multidisciplinary research environment. 
  • A Ph.D. title from a highly ranked university, ranked #50 in Best Global Universities according to US News. 


For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Sofie Pollin, tel.: +32 16 32 10 51, mail: or Mrs. Yang Miao, tel.: +32 16 71 02 97, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than January 25, 2024 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: January 25, 2024
  • Tags: Elektrotechniek
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