Offre de post doc : RFID, IETR de Rennes

A postdoctoral position is open at IETR (Institute of Electronics and telecommunication of Rennes, France, for a duration of 18 months (April 2013-October 2014). The research work includes
electromagnetic modelling, and design & experimental characterization of antennas for RFID applications. The
project will be conducted in tight cooperation with ACES team from INRIA labs
Context: Ubiquitous computing is a vision where computing and real world are tightly merged, eventually
giving to every of objects and places a digital role. In this model, everyday’s life is implicitly assisted by
pervasive computing processes directly supported by physical interactions of “smart objects”. RFID is key
enabling technology for pervasive computing because it is a cost-effective way to promote almost any
standard object into a digital artefact. RFID chips are small, passive, and very cheap, making it possible to
attach them into almost anything: books, clothes, packages, etc. Although very limited, RFID allows objects to
interact with a device using short-range wireless communication. RFID is usually used to scan objects, read or
update status information on objects, and security/authentication.
Objectives: In this context, some limitations of existing RFID technology become challenging: unlike standard
RFID scenarios, pervasive computing often involves uncontrolled environment, where tags and readers operate
in much more difficult situations that those usually encountered or expected for classical RFID systems.
Studying these challenges and proposing solutions are the goals of the Pervasive RFID project, a joint
collaboration between INRIA and IETR. The collaboration between IETR and ACES team should help to:
• Identify and characterize the key challenges in terms of RFID radio design that affect application
performance in pervasive computing,
• Study solutions to overcome these challenges, or mitigate their impact,
• Broaden the perspective of current antenna design by considering innovative application context
from the pervasive computing domain.
The main tasks are the following: contribution to the design and implementation of an RFID testbed, and
development of new antenna solutions.
• Required education level: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in the field of Antennas and RF engineering.
• Required experience: Candidates must have a strong experience in antenna design and RF active
devices, if possible, for RFID applications. The candidate should have validated his previous experience
through conference/journal papers or patent(s) and should provide at least 2 recommendation letters.
The candidate must be highly motivated and independent.
• Required skills: antenna design software tools (HFSS, CST, Nexxim, …), RFID, antennas technologies of
realization, measurement techniques, RF active systems; skills in project management will be a
Contacts: To apply for this postdoctoral position, please send your application (cover letter outlining your
motivations, CV, supporting documents and references) at the latest by 31th March to :
• Dr. Sylvain COLLARDEY (email:
• Prof. Ronan SAULEAU (email:

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