PhD Optimal Control of Multi-function Radar Tasks

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Aug 31, 2023 21:59:00 GMT+00:00
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“Take control over your future by controlling the radar”

Job description

Radar is still an unrivaled sensor in air traffic control, navigation, military applications, and environmental monitoring, like weather and sea surface. Modern phased array radar systems have the ability to adapt the direction and shape of their beams, and change their waveforms almost instantaneously within a wide range of possibilities.

This has lead to the rise of multi-function radar (MFR) which can execute a large range of sensing tasks seemingly in parallel. To a large degree the control of these tasks, such that the radar performance fully satisfies the user, is still an open problem.

We are looking for a PhD-student that will be able to apply optimal detection/estimation, control and information theory to develop new solutions for this problem. Important aspects are relatively easy interpretation of the optimal solution by non-experts and notion of guarantees for the performance.

You will primarily work with Associate Professor Dr. Hans Driessen, and you will have the opportunity to formulate and guide Master projects. 


For this position we ask for:

  • A Master’s degree in electrical/electronic engineering, computer science, mathematics or other related fields.
  • Knowledge of detection/estimation theory or optimal control theory, especially Partially-Observable Markov Decision Processes; experience with algorithm development in these areas is preferable but not required.
  • Programming experience in MATLAB or Python.
  • A innovation-driven open mindset, willing to expand beyond your current knowledge.
  • A willingness for potential cooperation with colleagues, even outside the department, and co-supervision of students.
  • Good English language and communication skills (written and oral).

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.

Conditions of employment

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, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three scientific disciplines. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we all use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make completely sustainable and future-proof. At the same time, we are developing the chips and sensors of the future, whilst also setting the foundations for the software technologies to run on this new generation of equipment – which of course includes AI. Meanwhile we are pushing the limits of applied mathematics, for example mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. In other words: there is plenty of room at the faculty for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1000 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

If you would like more technical information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Hans Driessen (, or Prof. DSc. Olexander Yarovyi (

If you would like more information about the selection procedure, please contact

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before 31 August 2023 via the application button and upload:

  1. Short motivation letter with an explanation for why you think you are suitable for this position.
  2. Detailed CV (with the contact details of 2 referees).

Further notes:

  • 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.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.


Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science






38 – 40


€ 2.541,00 – € 3.247,00


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