We offer a position as an

Early Stage Researcher (M/F/D)

in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Project MENELAOSNT in the field


Compressive sensing and imaging using Ultrasound or THz (ESR10)

Ultrasonic and Terahertz (2D/3D) imaging is a promising subsurface sensing and imaging methodology with applications in medicine, non-invasive, non-destructing inspection including chemical substance characterization exploiting wavelength dependent signatures of different materials. In this project we aim to exploit the expertise in our network on compressive sensing and Ultrasonic/Terahertz sensing hardware design to develop innovative new sensing and imaging methodologies.

The successful candidate will be employed for a maximum period of three years full-time equivalent and receives a generous financial package plus an additional mobility and family allowance according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN). A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner institutions of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment. For more information please visit the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks website.


  • New sparsity-driven image formation methods for Ultrasonic and Terahertz imaging.
  • Compressive sensing information flow and integration methodologies for novel Ultrasonic or Terahertz sensors and systems.
  • Machine learning methods including dictionary learning in compressive Ultrasonic/Terahertz imaging.


  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Industrial Engineering, Information Technologies or related fields
  • ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Non-native English speakers are required to provide evidence of English language competency. (TOEFL … )


  • USI (ZESS), Siegen, Germany, and AMO GmbH, Aachen, Germany, 8 months, supervisors: Prof. Dr. O. Loffeld, Prof. Dr. Peter Haring Bolivar, Prof. Dr. M. Lemme with respect to Terahertz imaging and sensing including hardware design.
  • FHG (FHR), Wachtberg, Germany, 2 months, supervisor: Dr. S. Brüggenwirth, involving extending classical RF techniques and technologies into the Terahertz domain. USI’s involvement in this project will not just be limited to the secondment, but will continue throughout the project through remote collaboration. While USI (ZESS) approaches the problem using laser technologies, FHR’s approach is complementary. It will be very useful for the ESR to study this perspective as well through interaction with researchers at FHG (FHR).


The Public University of Navarra (UPNA), an International Campus of Excellence, is a young academic institution that heads the list of Spanish universities in terms of teaching quality and capacity to attract new students.

Within UPNA’s Institute of Smart Cities, the Antenna Group is a research group that has been actively working on different areas of applied electromagnetics, including THz imaging, for more than 20 years. Their expertise covers from basic research in metamaterials and antenna theory to development of different THz subsystem: antennas, components, receivers. In the field of THz imaging their activity has been oriented towards industrial applications of mmw and THz technology.

The position will be located at

Public University of Navarra
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering
Campus Arrosadia
31006 Pamplona, Spain

Supervisor: Íñigo Ederra

Application period: June 9th 00:00 CEST to July 8th 23:59 CEST

Planned Recruitment date: September 1st
Eligibility Criteria and Mobility Rule

ESRs must, at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Researchers can be of any nationality.

ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the planned recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.