Netherlands: PhD position in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation compatible with MRI at Eindhoven University of Technology

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Description: A major part of the EU ENIAC project – DeNeCoR project will be focused on creating coexistent therapeutic devices and  diagnostic systems with an introduction of nano-electronic neuromodulation devices in the healthcare market and extension of the European market for diagnostic and imaging systems.  The project ensures coexistence between therapeutic systems and imaging systems enabling both advancements in diagnostics (optimized MRI, ultrasound imaging, EEG and MRI), targeted therapy (DBS and TMS) and image guided intervention therapy (TMS combined with MRI).
DeNeCoR project will investigate novel Transcranial  Magnetic  Stimulator  (TMS)  with focused  spatial  localization.  The main emphasis of the current PhD project is to investigate the advanced TMS system compatible with MRI. This requires the modeling, design and analysis of a novel magnetic field generating coil array(s) system which allow high focus in stimulation and larger brain coverage resulting in a better therapeutic  treatment. This phased array-like approach will require intelligent and distributed control of power delivered to each coil element. Each coil element needs its own power amplifier with multi-plexer control between all power amplifiers in order to generate the desired focused field. Distribution  and  miniaturization  of  power  electronics and sensors  are  key  for  a successful implementation. Moreover the new TMS system should be MRI  compatible  and withstand the strong magnetic fields and handle the strong Lorentz force caused by the interaction with the MRI  scanner

Requirements :
We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

  • a candidate with MSc degree in Applied Physics or Electrical Engineering or Technical Medicine
  • good knowledge and background in electromagnetics, power electronics, control and a strong interest in biomedical signal processing and clinical neuroscience.
  • well trained in electromagnetics, power electronics,  signal analysis and have good programming skills (Matlab).

Conditions of employment

Appointment and salary 

The proper candidate will be selected and hired as doctoral student in the EPE group through a fixed-term appointment for the period of 4 years.. He/she will work together 22 academic and industrial partners from 7 EU countries  as an international consortium and specifically cooperate with researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology and Utrecht University. The positions must be concluded with writing a PhD thesis

As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. A salary is offered starting at EUR 2,082 per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to EUR 2,664 per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.

TU/e also offers you the opportunity for personal development by developing your social and communication skills. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the Proof program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.

More information on employment conditions can be found here: w3.tue.nl/en/services/dpo/

Additional information

Information

  • For more information about the project, please contact Prof.dr. E. Lomonova, E.Lomonova@tue.nl
  • For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Ms. Femke Verheggen, HR advisor,F.Verheggen@tue.nl

Application
You should upload the following:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and      qualifications for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of      publications);
  • contact information of two references.
  • copies of diplomas
  • proof of English language skills (if applicable)
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