Research Engineer / Scientist (M/F) - Multi UAV-aided tactical networks

Job description and associated tasks

In the framework of a research project funded by the Belgian Defence and conducted at the Royal Military Academy, we are looking for a research scientist/engineer with a master's degree in Electrical Engineering (Applied Sciences, Engineering Sciences), Physics, Computer Science or Mathematics.


The Royal Military Academy of Belgium (RMA) is a military institution of university education responsible for the basic academic, military and physical training of future officers, and for the continued advanced training of officers during their active career in the Belgian Defense department. ). It is fully recognized as a university, fulfilling the same criteria as civilian universities. The Royal Military Academy is also conducting scientific research at university level for projects funded by the Belgian Defense or by external sources.


The DAP/21-06 project consists in designing and optimizing the network architecture for tactical UHF/VHF networks by employing a single UAV as a relay or multiple UAVs forming a Flying Ad hoc Network. The military need, described by scenarios, and the actual state-of-the-art will be the starting point of the research project and lead to a first design. The complete radio-stack of the design will be simulated for evaluation and optimization purposes. Next, a testbed based on software defined radios will be created to validate the design.

UAV-aided telecommunication networks have gained a lot of interest within the research community but more research is needed before this type of networks become trustworthy solutions. Most of the research performed in this domain considers a scenario where the UAVs serve as base stations for cellular networks. This project will focus on optimizing military VHF/UHF tactical networks by employing UAVs.

The project will be led by the “Communications, Information, Systems and Sensors (CISS)” department and the Mathematics department of the Royal Military Academy. Mathias Becquaert will integrate the successful candidate in the “Radio Network” research unit. This research unit is part of the CISS department where about 25 researchers are active.

This project can lead to a PhD.


Technical skills

The applicant shall have:

  • A master's degree in Electrical Engineering (Applied Sciences, Engineering Sciences), Physics, Computer Science or Mathematics;
  • Good programming skills are required;

  • Experience in radio networks is a plus.

Personal skills

Tha applicant shall:

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research at university level;
  • Be able to work independently in a multidisciplinary team;
  • Have excellent written scientific communication skills in English;
  • Have good oral scientific communication skills in English.

Specific requirements

  • The researcher may be exposed to confidential information and will therefore have to obtain the required security clearance. The candidate must consent with the background check required to obtain this clearance, which will be executed by Belgian Defense.


Points of contact


  • Contract
    • The candidate will be hired from the 1st September 2021;
    • The candidate will be offered an open-ended contract with the patrimony of the Royal Military Academy. This does not imply that the candidate will be a civil servant;
    • Wage scale: A11 (holders of a Master’s degree in Science) / A21 (Ir or holders of a Master’s degree in Engineering).
  • Extra-legal benefits
    • Possibility to obtain a bonus for bilingualism (Dutch/French);
    • Holiday pay;
    • End-of-year bonus;
    • Hospitalization insurance;
    • Free public transport (home-work commute within Belgium) / bike allowance;
    • Free access to the on-campus sport infrastructure;
    • On-campus restaurant and cafeteria with discount on the daily menu.
  • Workplaces 
    • Royal Military Academy – Avenue de la Renaissance 30, 1000 Brussels;
    • Occasional travels abroad, measurement campaigns off campus and meetings at partner’s premises are possible.


You will be working in a military environment. For this reason, you will be subject to a security screening.

Please add to your job application a duly completed copy of the following security screening document (currently available only in Dutch or French).

Applicants shall send :

  • a motivational letter;
  • a CV;
  • a scan of your ID card (both sides);
  • the filled out security document above.

To Mathias Becquaert, to Prof Ben Lauwens, and to Dr Helena Bruyninckx.

Please mention clearly the reference of the project: “DAP/21-06”.

Application deadline: June 30th, 2021.

first pre-selection will be conducted based on the received documents. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be invited to a face-to-face interview or Skype meeting at the Royal Military Academy, rue Hobbema 8, 1000 Brussels.