iPhD on Ultra-high Capacity Terrestrial Free-Space Optical Communications

iPhD on Ultra-high Capacity Terrestrial Free-Space Optical Communications

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31 Jan 29 Feb Eindhoven
Prestigious industrial PhD student position on “Ultra-high Capacity Terrestrial Free-Space Optical Communication” in a collaboration with Aircision B.V.

Job description

Are you fascinated by the idea that networks will adapt themselves with your needs without your intervention? Join us on this research project in close collaboration with several high-tech companies to develop and demonstrate the next generation optical wireless communication systems. You will be employed by Aircision and will work closely with experts in optical and radio frequency communication of Eindhoven University of Technology. Your work is embedded within the newly granted The Netherlands Growth Fund 6G-FNS (Future Network Services).

Research challenges
More and more wireless devices will be needed in the foreseeable future. We are evolving towards the era of 'hyperconnectivity', a state where the number of devices connected to the Internet vastly exceeds the number of connected people. Market forecasts show that more than 1000 wireless devices per person will be connected to the web in the very near future. This also is part of the ambitions for the upcoming 6th Generation wireless networks.

Free Space Optics (FSO) uses light to transmit data. For decades, FSO has been largely used in satellite communication and private enterprise networks connecting buildings with laser beams. The industry recognizes the upside of FSO as it is easy, secure and fast to deploy, has very high bandwidth potential and does not require licenses. The challenge is to bring FSO down from space to earth for commercial terrestrial communication.

In this research program, you are tasked to explore novel optical techniques for generating, transporting, detecting and controlling optical signals over hybrid networks partly consisting of FSO and partly of RF links. You should design and realize performance improvement in both data throughput and link availability. The work comprises analytical, simulation and experimental activities. The final goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of real-world data transmission using FSO devices for ultra-high speed.

About Aircision

Founded in 2019 and built by HighTechXL, a deep-tech venture builder, Aircision is a Dutch startup and recent spin-off from TNO. Aircision designs ultra-high-capacity free space optics systems that are deployed fast, cover long distances and are highly secure. Sustainability is a high priority for Aircision. Giving people access to better communication will allow everyone to exchange more information. If we can provide high-speed connectivity to everyone, not only do we contribute to a better infrastructure, but we could also play a part in reducing inequalities.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


Candidates for this challenging project must have:
  • Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication engineering or in Applied Physics.
  • Proficiency in data analysis or modeling specifically applied to the field of physics.
  • Solid knowledge of optical fiber communications techniques and/or for photonic devices and circuits.
  • Solid knowledge in physical layer transmission system for microwave and optical communication.
  • Familiarity with software simulation tools for optics and photonic integrated circuits, including but not limited to Zemax, Lumerical, and VPI-Photonics, is valued.
  • Solid skills in one or two programming languages e.g. Python, C++
  • Proven team-working capabilities and communication skills
  • English proficiency (both verbal and written)
  • Willingness to start as soon as possible

Conditions of employment

You will be fully employed by Aircision and you will get remuneration according to Aircision condition of employment.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager dr.ir. Eduward Tangdiongga, e.tangdiongga[at]tue.nl.

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The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until 29 February 2024.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V36.7220


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 29 Feb 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).