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PhD student Biomedical Signals and Systems

Job description

The INTENSE (Innovative NeuroTechnology for Society) project connects important advances in our understanding of brain function to a recent surge in the technological possibilities to write to and read from the brain.

We look for a talented researcher with a passion for studying the function of the brain in cognition and motor control by analysing signals recorded from the brain, those related to motor behaviour, as well as heart rate, skin conductance, and eye movements. The focus will be mainly on Parkinson’s disease patients with/without making use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to suppress motor symptoms. You will set up and coordinate experiments performed in the lab as well as in the e-health house to study fundamental aspects of motor behaviour and the effects of DBS in patients, as well as observing these patients in a daily life situation, respectively. One of the aims of the project is to determine whether by making use of the state of the patient therapeutic settings can be tuned to optimize the conditions for the performance of different types of activities (e.g. reading, communicating, walking or other physical activities requiring accurate motor control) using an on-demand approach.

Your profile

  • You are an enthusiastic researcher and highly motivated.
  • You have a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering, Technical Medicine, Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or a related topic, with excellent experimental and theoretical skills including  programming skills for the development of signal analysis algorithms and handling large data sets
  • You have a creative mindset and excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • You are fluent in English.

Our offer

  • As a PhD student at the UT, you will be appointed on a fulltime position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating scientific environment
  • Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO- NU)
  • You will receive a salary ranging from €2.395,- gross per month at the start to € 3.061,- in the fourth year
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme
  • A training program in which you and your supervisors will make up a plan for additional suitable education and supervision.

We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with colleagues and researchers from various disciplines, and partners from industry.

Information and application

Applicants are welcomed to submit their application until the 1st of December. Include in your application:

  • A motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for a PhD position in our group
  • A full Curriculum Vitae including your publications, awards, and working experience. Your CV should demonstrate the scope of your work and education and indicate a good fit with the stated requirements for the position
  • Contact details of at least two referees
  • An academic transcript of BSc and MSc education, including grades.

For further information about this position, please contact dr. Ciska Heida, t.heida@utwente.nl

About the department

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads to change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

The group Biomedical Signals & Systems aims to enable improved diagnosis and treatment of patients with motor, sensory and cardiopulmonary dysfunction in clinical and home/self-care setting. Our research is embedded in the multidisciplinary research institute Technical Medicine (Techmed) Centre.

The team working on Central Motor Control, led by Ciska Heida and Richard van Wezel, combines computational modeling and experimental research to study the neuronal mechanisms of movement disorders and to develop new and optimize existing therapeutic neuromodulation strategies such as deep brain stimulation and cueing.

About the organization

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) uses mathematics, electronics and computer technology to contribute to the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With ICT present in almost every device and product we use nowadays, we embrace our role as contributors to a broad range of societal activities and as pioneers of tomorrow's digital society. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the EEMCS Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customizable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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