The bioMMeda (biofluid, tissue and solid mechanics for medical applications) research unit of Ghent University’s Institute Biomedical Technology (IBiTech) has a vacant PhD-position in the field of ultrasonic imaging development for improved arterial tissue characterization. Non-invasive measurement of arterial stiffness is nowadays considered as an important part of cardiovascular risk assessment. Ultrasound is potentially useful for this application but unfortunately still shows limitations regarding resolution and sensitivity. The aim of the PhD-project therefore is to improve current ultrasonic image formation and signal processing to develop a robust ultrasonic estimator of arterial stiffness. As such, knowledge on signal processing, ultrasound physics/acoustics is considered an advantage.
Applicants have a masters degree in engineering, with specialization in electrical engineering, applied physics, biomedical or mechanical engineering. Knowledge on signal processing, ultrasound physics/acoustics is considered an advantage. Candidates will work in our young, enthusiastic team of biomedical engineers, and contribute to our multidisciplinary projects. All positions are in principle for 4 years (2×2 years) and should lead to a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. The net salary is approximately 1700 euro/month.