Openings at THZ

PhD position

Opening for: PhD student

Status details

Announced:16 Jul 2020
Closing date:15 Sep 2020
Duration:4 years
A large gap between the current (4G & 5G) technology capabilities and prospected (Beyond 5G) wireless communication systems is in the capacity to provide wideband access in high density environments (i.e. stadiums, concert and conference halls, etc). To address at low-cost the request for extreme instantaneous bandwidth from the large number of users, one of the main difficulties is the generation of thousands of simultaneous and independent high data throughout beams.

One of the focus of the Terahertz Sensing group is the Fly’s Eye Antenna system concept, described in [1], which proposes the combination of spatial division multiplexing and frequency division multiplexing through an integrated lens antenna array capable to generate >100 simultaneous, independent and wideband beams at >100GHz. What are you going to do?

You will design and characterize an integrated lens antenna array in silicon technology, as well as perform a multi-beam communication link demonstration of the Fly’s Eye System in the main conference hall of the university.

[1] N. Llombart, D. Emer, M. Arias, and E. McCune, “Fly's Eye Spherical Antenna System for Future Tbps Wireless Communications”, European Conference of Antennas, 2017.


- A master degree in Electrical Engineering - Strong electromagnetics background. - Excellent English communication skills, both in verbal and written form.


prof.dr. Nuria Llombart


Terahertz Sensing Group

Department of Microelectronics

Additional information

In The Netherlands, almost all PhD positions are linked to funded research projects. This has several implications:
  • PhD students are employed: they receive a salary rather than a grant. Most projects have a duration of 4 years.
  • Positions become available once a project is funded. This can happen at any time during the year.
  • It typically takes 6 to 9 months for a project proposal to receive funding. In this period, a position may be anticipated but the outcome remains insecure. Once a project is funded, the open position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

If you are interested in our research, it merits to inquire whether openings will be available. We collect resumes of prospective PhD students throughout the year, for each of our research tracks.

General requirements

We make our selection based on the following general requirements:
  • Formal requirements regarding prior education: you should have earned an MSc degree at a recognized institute for higher education.
  • Background: this depends on the specific project.
  • Excellence: your Grade-Point-Average should be above 8 (10). Also your MSc thesis should have received a grade above 8 (10).
  • English: you should be able to communicate well in english (written and oral). Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores if available.
  • Originality: your MSc thesis or later work (publications) should reflect some original ideas. Critical and independent thinking is very important.
  • Team player: you should be able to work well in a team of other project members.
Your resume should contain contact information of prior advisors/supervisors who can provide feedback.