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


Goal-directed compressive radar imaging (ESR11)

One important characteristic of sparsity-driven compressive radar imaging is that it can preserve and enhance features in the scene that are potentially important
for automated interpretation of the scene for a particular high level goal such as object recognition or scene classification. However, so far only very low-level features have
been used in such imaging methods, and this has been an “open-loop” process, without explicitly considering the final information extraction objective. Through this individual
research project, we aim to develop new compressive radar imaging methods that explicitly take into account and adapt to the final decision-making goals.

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.


Scientific and methodological dissertation and publications with novel findings highlighting:

  • Formulation of joint imaging and classification problems in radar.
  • Discriminative dictionary learning methods for radar imaging.
  • Incorporation of high-level features such as object shapes in the radar image formation process.
  • A framework enabling the use of feedback from the inference engine, such as partial information on classes of objects in the scene, while performing image formation,
    yielding the new concept of “cognitive radar 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 … )


This network provides excellent and absolutely needed secondment opportunities for this project. We plan the following:

  • FHG (FHR), Wachtberg, Germany, Dr. S. Brüggenwirth, 5 months, cognitive radar
  • WIS (SAMPL), Israel, Prof. Dr. Y. Eldar, 2 months, weighting of Sparsity and a priori information
  • GAMMA Remote Sensing AG, Gümlingen, Switzerland, Dr. Urs Wegmüller, 3 months, compressive radar sensing and compressive imaging, as well for goal-directed processing in radar such as joint imaging and segmentation. Alternative: USI (ZESS), Siegen, Germany, Prof. Loffeld, same purposes.


In 1994 the Sabancı Group decided to establish a “world university” led by the Sabancı Foundation. The seeds of Sabancı University, the Sabancı Group’s most comprehensive social responsibility project in the field of education, were sown in the summer of 1995, at a search conference in which 50 academics from 22 countries as well as students and representatives from the private sector participated. The conference, however, was just the beginning, as it marked the start of an extensive process during which the leading educational institutions in Turkey and across the world were examined to find out how they work and identify the fundamentals that made them successful. In the end, instead of choosing one university as a template or replicating existing examples and institutions, a new and unique university was designed. Since 1999, when students began enrolling, Sabancı University itself has set an example for many universities. Sabancı University will enhance its leading and dynamic position in innovative education and research with transformative impact on science and society. Mission “Creating and Developing Together” The mission of Sabancı University is to develop internationally competent and confident individuals advancing and fostering knowledge in natural sciences and engineering along with humanities, social and management sciences through innovative trans-disciplinary research.

The position will be located at

Sabanci University (SPIS)
Orta Mahalle
34956 Tuzla/Istanbul, Turkey

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mujdat Cetin

Planned Recruitment date: 1st September 2020.
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.