Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Ref LXI_MSCA_39 - Postdoc candidate for a MSCA PF in Radar Signal Processing, Polarized Weather Radars, Waveform Design, Hydrometeor Parameters and Weather Models

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    15/05/2021 23:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    University of Luxembourg (application management through Luxinnovation)
    Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg is interested in hosting a postdoctoral fellow within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship programme.


         Please note that this opportunity is not a funded position (yet); it depends on

         1. The organization selecting you for continuing the process and

         2. A successful proposal written mostly by you (with some input from your host

             organization in Luxembourg) and submitted before September 15th 2021.    



Project idea

Signal design and processing for active sensing have been of interest to engineers, system theorists and mathematicians in the last sixty years. In the last decade, however, the radar world has been revolutionized by significant increase in the digital computational resources. Such advances are enabling waveform design and processing schemes that can be adaptive (also referred to as cognitive, or smart) while being extremely agile in modifying information collection strategy based on new measurements, and/or modified target or environmental parameters. These novel design and processing schemes have also opened new avenues for enhancing robustness in radar detection and estimation to increase the reliability.


Recently, pulse compression waveforms with good Integrated Sidelobe Level (ISL) has been has been considered as a requirement in many commercialized weather radar systems. These waveforms provide the possibility of transmitting signal with lower peak-power, which leads to a reduction in the price for production and maintenance of the radar system. Further, it has been shown that the use of dual frequency in weather radar systems will improve the hydrometeor characterization and classification. However, in many recent studies on weather radar systems, the degrees of freedom offered by waveform design is not considered to improve the performance of these systems.

The waveform design usually deals with various measures of quality (including detection/estimation and information-theoretic criteria), while incorporating practical conditions in the selection of the signal set. This prevailing diversity of design metrics and signal constraints lays the groundwork for many interesting research projects in waveform optimization. Additionally, waveform design for next-generation weather radar systems is a topic of great interest due to the growing demands to increase the reliability of these systems. Thus, efficient waveform design algorithms are instrumental in realizing the next-generation of weather radar systems.


In this project, we focus on designing waveforms to enhance the performance of weather radar systems, while considering the practical constraints in the design stage. The waveform diversity can be also added for obtaining more information of the hydrometeors, comparing with traditional fixed waveform, dual-polarized weather radar systems


Offer Requirements

  • A PhD degree in Telecommunication Engineering, or Electrical Engineering or Computer Science/engineering with a focus on radar signal processing
  • Waveform and system design, principles of optimization applied to radar
  • Exposure to weather radar, parameter estimation desirable
  • International experience is desirable
  • Sound publication track record in the topics listed above (at least two IEEE Transaction publications mandatory)
  • Strong background in one of the topics listed above
  • Strong programming skills in MATLAB. Python and C++ are desirable
  • Highly committed, excellent team-worker, and strong critical thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English


Institute description

The concerned research group is SIGCOM at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), University of Luxembourg. SnT conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology, ICT, with high relevance creating socio-economic impact. In addition to long-term, high-risk research, SnT engages in demand driven collaborative projects with industry and the public sector.

Therefore the centre has set up a Partnership Programme with over 45 members targeting strategic areas addressing challenges confronting industry and the public sector in ICT. These resulting concepts present a genuine, long-lasting competitive advantage for companies in Luxembourg and beyond.

The SIGCOM group focuses on wireless/satellite communications, networking and radar systems and is headed by Profs. Chatzinotas and Ottersten. Details about the research, publications and projects can be obtained here.

The research on Radar signal processing is geared towards analysis and development of signal processing techniques for short to mid-range radar sensing and imaging to enhance resolution and localization. Several applications including automotive and indoor are considered, focussing on vital sign monitoring, people counting etc. Investigations into cognitive radar and their applicability in emerging coexistence scenarios are also being conducted. Spectrum sharing between radar and communications, sparse sensing are also being considered. A hardware testbench implementing a cognitive radar set-up and incorporating the algorithms developed in the group is being considered at SnT Radar Lab.


About Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship

The MSCA PF are postdoctoral fellowships, financed through the European Commission for 2 year positions, covering salary and research costs of the researchers, who can come from anywhere in the world. The evaluation process of these programmes is more about the project and the career development of the candidate, than his/her publication record. The organizations in Luxembourg that want to host such talented researchers include large public research organizations as well as private companies that offer interesting job perspectives after completion of the fellowship.


Minimal eligibility criteria

  • Individual: applicant applies together with host institute
  • PhD at the deadline (PhD date cannot be more than 8 years ago)
  • Not working or living in Luxembourg for longer than 12 months before the call deadline
  • For rules see here or contact your NCP


How to apply

Please fill out the application form until May 15th 2021 – please note that we cannot accept applications without the application form. We need your CV with a list of publications and if relevant a short project proposal (maximum 3 pages) as well as the offer reference you are interested in. You can also send several fine-tuned CVs if you are interested in multiple positions – please fill out a new application form in that case. Make sure you address the text and requirements mentioned by the respective hosts.

Please note that applications are made through Luxinnovation, your contact point for Horizon Europe in Luxembourg, before being handed over to the host company.

Don’t hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions.


Luxinnovation, the Luxembourgish Innovation agency and National Contact Point for MSCA, will support both you and your future host institute during your application phase. For all applicants coming to Luxembourg we offer guidance documents, webinars, training in proposal writing and we will review your proposals if you wish so (depending on our availability). In 2019, MSCA IF proposals from Luxembourg had an average success rate of 28.5%, and proposals reviewed by our service 42%.


More information can be found on our website.

See other similar positions here.



  • Radar Signal Processing
  • Dual polarized Weather Radar
  • Waveform Design and Optimization
  • Hydrometeor Parameter Estimation




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