PhD position in the area of Secure Visible Light Communication Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Pervasive Wireless Systems Group

Deadline for receipt of applications: February 8th, 2024 23:59 AoE (09 February 2024, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)

IMDEA Networks’ Pervasive Wireless System Group headed by Prof. Domenico Giustiniano invites applications for PhD positions in the area of Secure Visible Light Communication for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. As a member of the team, the researcher will be involved in cutting edge system research, will participate in international projects, and will experimentally verify proposed ideas and concepts.

The selected student will be supervised by Dr Domenico Giustiniano, Leader of IMDEA’s Pervasive Wireless Systems Group

Requirements (as many as possible):

  • Degree / Master in Telecommunications Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Excellent understanding of the fundamentals of wireless communications systems.
  • Coding skills using Matlab, C/C++, Python.
  • High level of English (English will be the working language)

 We offer:

  • Full time contract
  • Competitive salary
  • Reconciliation of personal and work life.
  • A unique opportunity to work with cutting-edge research experimental platforms and contribute to scientific publications in top-tier venues.


For references, examples of papers published by the group in the area of Visible Light Communication and/or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are:

  • Frometa, Borja Genoves, D. Giustiniano, J. Widmer, “A System Architecture for Battery-free IoT Networks”, IEEE ICNP 2023.
  • Genoves, S. Mir, D. Frometa, A. Galisteo, Q. Wang, D. Giustiniano, “Prototyping Visible Light Communication for the Internet of Things Using OpenVLC”, IEEE Communication Magazine, 2023.
  • Mir, B. Genoves, A. Varshney, D. Giustiniano, “PassiveLiFi: Rethinking LiFi for Low-Power and Long Range RF Backscatter”, ACM Mobicom 2021.
  • Galisteo, A. Varshney, D. Giustiniano, “Two to Tango: Hybrid Light and Backscatter Networks for Next Billion Devices”, ACM Mobisys 2020.
  • Beysens, A. Galisteo, Q. Wang, D. Juara, D. Giustiniano, S. Pollin, “DenseVLC: A Cell-Free Massive MIMO System with Distributed LEDs”, ACM CoNEXT 2018.
  • Asadpour, K. Hummel, D. Giustiniano, S. Draskovic, “Route or Carry: Motion driven Packet Forwarding in Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, March 2017.
  • Asadpour, B. Van den Bergh, D. Giustiniano, K. A. Hummel, S. Pollin, B. Plattner, “Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Networks: An Experimental Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities”, IEEE Communication Magazine, July 2014.
  • Asadpour, D. Giustiniano, K. A. Hummel, S. Heimlicher, S. Egli, “Now or Later ? – Delaying Data Transfer in Time-Critical Aerial Communication”, ACM CoNEXT 2013, Santa Barbara, USA, December 2013.

Equal Employment Opportunity

IMDEA Networks Institute aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Until a balanced ratio of men and women has been achieved at the institute, preference will be given to women if applicants have similar qualifications. IMDEA Networks Institute actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. Applicants are not to be discriminated against in personnel selection procedures on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion or ideology, age, sexual orientation (anti-discrimination). People with disabilities who have the relevant qualifications are expressly invited to apply.

  1. Remember to select the following option: PhD: PhD Student positions [2024]
  2. Deadline for receipt of applications: February 8th, 2024 23:59 AoE (09 February 2024, 13:59h Europe/Madrid Time)
  3. If necessary choose as supervisor Domenico GIUSTINIANO