- Are you inspired by health care challenges?
- Are you eager to work on new, cutting-edge, technological developments in the area of medical ultrasound, and bring them to the clinic?
- Are you our next PhD-candidate in novel and advanced 3-D imaging for diagnostics and monitoring?
High-risk pregnancies are a major healthcare problem worldwide, that involves increased health risks for the mother, fetus, or both. Hence, high-risk pregnancies require special care and adequate monitoring.
Recently, the NewLife project was funded by the EU, bringing together partners from academia, industry, and clinic. The project works on solutions for pregnancy monitoring in general. Within the NewLife consortium, the TU/e will work on a fetal monitoring patch for high-risk pregnancies.
We will revolutionize pregnancy monitoring by realizing an ultrasound transducer based on so-called cMUT technology, that can be applied on the abdomen of a pregnant woman as a patch for pregnancy monitoring and fetal well-being assessment. Image formation and analysis strategies will be developed that enable 1) operator-free CTG monitoring and 2) 3D imaging of the fetus for accurate diagnosis of congenital diseases.
You will be embedded in the Photoacoustics & Ultrasound Laboratory Eindhoven (PULS/e) research group, under the supervision of dr. ir. Hans-Martin Schwab and dr. ir. Richard Lopata. The PULS/e group consists of a multi-disciplinary and international team of researchers that work on novel imaging US techniques, photoacoustics, image reconstruction, functional imaging, and model-based image analysis. Within this project you will be closely collaborating with the BM/d group (dept. of Electrical Engineering of TU/e), Philips Research, and several NewLife consortium partners.
During a period of four years, you will develop imaging prototypes, develop image acquisition and reconstruction algorithms, and test their performance. Next to simulations, you are expected to build realistic phantoms of the womb and supervise MSc / BSc students that will work on projects within the scope of your own.