CALL 24-2020-1 - RESEARCH POSITION AT Array & Multi-Sensor Processing Department CTTC

10 November 2020 - Expires: 12 November 2020

The Communication Systems Division of CTTC invites applications for a researcher at postdoctoral level in its Array & Multi-Sensor Processing Department. The contract will be funded by the Catalan Government (ACCIO – Generalitat de Catalunya) through the competitive Tecniospring INDUSTRY call, see as a reference.


We are looking for a postdoc researcher interested in i) Visible Light Communications (VLC), ii) introducing added services to VLC such as positioning and security, and iii) develop academia-industry technology transfer projects.

The general project objective is to study VLC services for several use cases. Including indoor (e.g. Hospitals and Home Automation) and outdoor (e.g.Vehicle-to-Vehicle) scenarios, in which the light is used not only to illuminate a certain region but also to provide added value services such as Communications, Positioning, and Security. The goal is to carry out analytical studies for evaluating the viability of VLC with respect to other technologies in these scenarios, as well as to study their practical implementation. More specifically, the project aims at developing and implementing algorithms for extending the range of VLC in the lower power regime, to increase the security to eavesdropping attacks, and to use the radiation pattern of the LED to obtain estimations on the distance and position.


Interested candidates must be strongly motivated and hold a PhD in the areas of telecommunications, electronic engineering, or related areas.  They should demonstrate oral and written Spanish and English communication skills.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate knowledge and background in Indoor and Outdoor Visible Light Communications (VLC), have a good publication track record in VLC, and experience on supervision of R&D and development of technology transfer projects.

Researchers must comply with the conditions detailed in the following link: Mainly: The researcher must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for the submission of applications. Hold a doctoral degree and two additional years of full-time research experience after obtaining it; or have at least six years of full-time equivalent research experience, including the period of research training, after obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate. Tecniospring INDUSTRY also welcomes experienced researchers who come after a career break. It is considered that researchers have had a career break when they were not active in research for a continuous period of at least twelve months within the eighteen months immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals.


Interested candidates will be evaluated considering the following aspects:

  • Background on Visible Light Communications.
  • Background on Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications
  • Knowledge on use cases (home automation, hospitals, V2V, …).
  • Python, Matlab.
  • Previous research experience: publication track and previous R&D projects.
  • Mentoring and supervision of students
  • Developing technology transfer projects
  • English and Spanish proficiency.
  • Catalan skills are appreciated.


The contract is subject to the acceptance of the proposal to be presented at ACCIO. The duration of the contract will be 2 years, starting between March and June 2021. The selected candidates will prepare jointly with CTTC their candidature to be submitted to the competitive TECHNIOSPRING INDUSTRY call (deadline: 16th November 2020).

Fellowships fund the salary and research costs of the researcher. According to fellowship rules the ACCIÓ contribution for the labor costs is an amount of €58.500/year.

Researchers interested in joining the Communication System Division should send their curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of at least two referees to this online application.

The deadline is the 12th November 2020.


Researchers interested in joining the Array and Multi-Sensor Processing Department should send their curriculum vitae, including list of publications, and the names and addresses of at least two referees. These documents should be sent in PDF format through this online application, which will remain open up to 12th November 2020. CVs and any other information gathered during this process will be handled confidentially.


The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), in Castelldefels – Barcelona, is a growing and well-funded research institution fostering excellence and diversity. CTTC offers a highly international environment at an exceptionally attractive location. As a research center in telecommunications technologies CTTC provides a fertile environment for research cooperation and innovation between different disciplines. Specifically, the Communication System Division (CSD), develops and implements algorithms for physical and multiple-access layers of communication systems for terrestrial and satellite domains, broad and narrowband systems, for detecting the position, improving the data rate, or the synchronization.

Inside the Communication System Division (CSD), the Array and Multi-Sensor Processing (AMSP) department conducts the research on Optical Wireless Communications (OWC). Specifically, it researches on terrestrial and satellite OWC. In this case, the call is focused on promoting terrestrial OWC based on Visible Light Communication (VLC) by taking advantage of the current testbed on VLC. For more information please visit:

CTTC offers a young and multi-cultural environment aimed at fostering excellent research and development activities, providing access to an outstanding research network, top-tech labs, and all tools needed to conduct top-quality research and development activities.

CTTC seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

CTTC is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.