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.


University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest is the oldest and most prestigious engineer school in Romania. Its traditions are related to the establishment, in 1818, by Gheorghe Lazăr, of the first higher technical school with teaching in Romanian, at the Saint Sava Abbey in Bucharest. In 1832, it was reorganized into the St. Sava College. On 1 October 1864, The School of Bridges and Roads, Mines and Architecture was established, which becomes, on 30 October 1867, The School of Bridges, Roads and Mines, with a duration of 5 years. Under the leadership of Gheorghe Duca, on 1 April 1881, the institution acquires a new structure, under the name of The National School of Bridges and Roads; on 10 June 1920, the Politehnica School of Bucharest was founded, with four departments: Electromechanics, Civil Engineering, Mines and Metallurgy, Industrial Section. From November 1920 the name changes to POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. On 3 August 1948, the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest was founded, which initially included 4 faculties and in which, since 1950, have appeared most of the current faculties. Based on the resolution of the Senate of November 1992, the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest became University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest.

The position will be located at

University Politehnica of Bucharest
Splaiul Independenței nr 313, Sector 6, București, România nr 313, Sector 6
București, Romania

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Daniela Coltuc

Application deadeline : April 15th 2021.
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.