Openings at BE
PhD position in Mixed-Signal IC Design for Battery-Free WearablesOpening for: PhD student
|Announced:||24 Feb 2022|
|Closing date:||03 Apr 2022|
Precision health relies on technology and big data to provide personalized medicine with a focus on disease prevention and early detection. This technology-driven paradigm shift promises to reduce healthcare costs and increase patients' wellbeing. While most of these devices are still powered by batteries, they suffer from limited battery life, large form factor and have to be discarded when battery is exhausted. Therefore, key changes in medical technology on low power biosignal recording and sustainable power solutions are needed for enabling future personalized health. In this project, we want to move from heavily subsampled systems to Nyquist-rate medicine, and design highly-efficient fully-integrated energy harvesting systems for self-sustainability.
This PhD project will focus on a near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system for cerebral hemodynamics monitoring, which is fully powered by multi-source energy harvesting strategies for autonomous operation. The PhD candidate will investigate innovative solutions in (1) the analogue front-end architecture for learning-based compressed sensing and (2) the power management unit for multi-source energy harvesting, to push the state-of-the-art in wearable systems for continuous monitoring of feature-rich vitals.
The candidate will be embedded in the research groups of Dr. Dante Muratore and Dr. Sijun Du and will have close collaborations with current PhD students in both groups.
To apply, go to: Job details
We make our selection based on the following general requirements:
- You should have earned an MSc degree at a recognized institute for higher education in Electrical Engineering.
- You should have a strong background in analog and mixed-signal IC design. A background in signal processing is desirable.
- Your Grade-Point-Average should be above 8/10. Also your MSc thesis should have received a grade above 8/10.
- You should be able to communicate well in english (written and oral). It is expected to have a level of 7.0 or higher for IELTS-score, or 100 or higher for TOEFL-score. Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores if available.
- Your MSc thesis or later work (publications) should reflect some original ideas. Critical and independent thinking is very important.
- You should be able to work well in a team.
Your resume should contain contact information of prior advisors/supervisors who can provide feedback.
Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.
dr. Dante Muratore
Department of Microelectronics
Additional informationIn The Netherlands, almost all PhD positions are linked to funded research projects. This has several implications:
- PhD students are employed: they receive a salary rather than a grant. Most projects have a duration of 4 years.
- Positions become available once a project is funded. This can happen at any time during the year.
- It typically takes 6 to 9 months for a project proposal to receive funding. In this period, a position may be anticipated but the outcome remains insecure. Once a project is funded, the open position needs to be filled as soon as possible.
If you are interested in our research, it merits to inquire whether openings will be available. We collect resumes of prospective PhD students throughout the year, for each of our research tracks.
General requirementsWe make our selection based on the following general requirements:
- Formal requirements regarding prior education: you should have earned an MSc degree at a recognized institute for higher education.
- Background: this depends on the specific project.
- Excellence: your Grade-Point-Average should be above 8 (10). Also your MSc thesis should have received a grade above 8 (10).
- English: you should be able to communicate well in english (written and oral). Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores if available.
- Originality: your MSc thesis or later work (publications) should reflect some original ideas. Critical and independent thinking is very important.
- Team player: you should be able to work well in a team of other project members.