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Postdoc in Simple beam-steerable antennas

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, a position as postdoc in Simple beam-steerable antennas is open for appointment from September 1, 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for 24 months. In the area of electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. In electronics engineering, Aalborg University is known worldwide for its high academic quality and the societal relevance of its research programmes. The Department of Electronic Systems consists of more than 200 employees, of which about 40 % are international and about 90 are enrolled PhD students. The Department hosts 620 students. The Department's excellent research infrastructures and facilities accentuate its global position in teaching and research. The Department's research centres around communication, antennas, control systems, AI, sound, cybersecurity and robotics. The Department plays an active role in translating discoveries and results into practical applications with industrial partners and IPR. The Department provides teaching for several BSc and MSc programmes using a problem- and project-based learning model.

Job description

In the millimeter-wave band, beam-steerable antennas are preferred to establish reliable communications with mobile or multiple users to improve channel capacity and have been widely used in mobile and satellite communications. The conventional and classic beam-steerable antennas are phased array antennas, where cumbersome and lossy phase shifters are connected to antenna elements to offer tunable phase shifts to control the radiation beam. Reflectarray and transmitarray antennas are good options, due to their simple configurations, low losses, and high gains, to offer scanning beams by either electric (e.g., loading active components such as PIN diode, RF switches, etc.) or mechanical (e.g., loading mechanical components such as motor, or mechanically rotating the phase-shifting surfaces, etc.).

The research focus of the post-doctoral position is in the area of developments of high-efficiency and low-cost beam-steerable reflectarray and transmitarray antennas for satellite communications. Since some beam-steerable reflectarray and transmitarray antennas have been reported in the open literature, the main work is to propose novel, high-efficiency, and low-cost solutions to manipulate the phase shifts of unit cells of reflectarray and transmitarray antennas, thereby steering the radiation beam dynamically. As the application scenarios are for satellite communications, the beam switching speed, stabilities, cost, and efficiency of the beam-steerable antennas should be carefully considered. Moreover, artificial intelligence will also be involved to maximize the gain (efficiency) of the beam-steerable reflectarray and transmitarray antennas by optimizing the phase distributions of the reflectarray and transmitarray antennas.     

You may obtain further professional information from Gert Frølund Pedersen, email: gfp@es.aau.dk. 

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

Shortlisting will be applied. After the review of any objections regarding the assessment committee, the head of department, with assistance from the chair of the assessment committee, selects the candidates to be assessed. All applicants will be informed as to whether they will advance to assessment or not.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact Gritt Larsen by mail est-st-hr@adm.aau.dk or phone (+45) 9940 3892. Information regarding guidelines, ministerial circular in force and procedures can be seen here 


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.   

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