Researcher for indoor location tracking

The "WAVES" research group is the expertise center of the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University/IMEC in Belgium for physical-layer research of advanced wireless networks and localization technologies.

Function description

Indoor positioning and tracking systems have gained huge interest because of the many context-aware applications that have emerged lately. These applications are situated in domains such as healthcare, industry & warehousing, agriculture,… The innovations taking place in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) enable us with new opportunities for indoor positioning. Promising wireless positioning technologies such as Ultra-Wideband (UWB), (unmodulated) Visible Light Positioning ((u)VLP), and Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) each have their advantages and drawbacks, with their applicability depending on the intended use case.

Important research domains in the context of indoor location tracking are:

  • Investigation and mitigation of the impact of non-idealities and harsh conditions (multipath, receiver orientation,..) on the performance of various indoor location tracking technologies and algorithms.
  • Design of (u)VLP algorithms, whereby LED light signals are being demultiplexed at the receiver, with the recorded light intensities being further processed to deliver an accurate cm-level location estimate.
  • Signal fusion of UWB, (u)VLP, and/or WiFi/Bluetooth signals with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) data.
  • Design and application of post processing filters (e.g, particle filtering) for improving raw location data.


We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to perform research in the domains above in both national and international European projects. Candidates with a Master degree in Electrical engineering, Computer engineering, and Physics engineering qualify for this research job. Experience in wireless positioning (software and/or hardware) or wireless communications is a strong plus.

Job Offer

What do we offer? We offer a pleasant work climate within a young dynamic team and the possibility of obtaining a PhD. If you are interested in this job offer and joining our research team, please address your application letter and curr. vitae to:

Isabelle Van der Elstraeten
Ghent University
iGent, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126
9052 Gent, BELGIUM

Tel.: +32-9-2643321

Questions concerning the position can also be sent to this email address.