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

Sparse Reconstruction for high-resolution inverse SAR imaging.

In contrast to SAR images, Inverse SAR (ISAR) images can usually be treated as directly sparse in the spatial image domain, while the targets’ movement and rotation irregularly contribute to the synthetic aperture. In this project, we will develop new sparsity-driven ISAR imaging methods for targets with unknown motion parameters, leading to improvements in terms of contrast and resolution. As a further novelty, we will perform multi-channel processing, where the data acquired from three different receiver positions will be analysed and fused. In addition to using various data sources, we will design and perform experiments using the X-band sensor of ZESS with highly accurate ground truth data.

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.

assignment Your Tasks

  • Develop new sparsity-driven ISAR imaging methods for targets with unknown motion parameters, leading to improvements in terms of contrast and resolution.
  • Perform multi-channel processing, where the data acquired from three different receiver positions will be analysed and fused
  • Design and perform experiments using the X-band sensor of ZESS with highly accurate ground truth data

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  • 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 … )
  • Programming Languages C, C++, Python and Matlab

work Planned Secondments

  • USI (ZESS), Siegen, Germany, Prof. Dr. O. Loffeld,  6 months, CS algorithm development using the acquired data
  • WIS (SAMPL), Israel, Prof. Dr. Y. Eldar, 2 months, applications of CS algorithms
  • FHG (FHR), Dr. S. Stanko, 2 months, planning and realization of multistatic ISAR experiments.
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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.

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