EngD Measurements in sensory guided thermotherapy

EngD Measurements in sensory guided thermotherapy

Published Deadline Location
24 Jan 23 Jun Eindhoven

Job description

Are you fascinated by the application of electromagnetics to healthcare? Do you want to improve cancer treatment using advanced sensor technology? The SENS-THERM project has vacancies for highly motivated EngD students. You will work on techniques for sensing and controlling thermotherapy, using MRI temperature measurements to validate and improve these. You will use modelling and experimentation to validate your findings, leading to potential clinical trials and a certified medical device.

Job Description

In this project you will work on a project aimed at developing a reliable and simple quality assurance (QA) system for head and neck (H&N) thermotherapy (TT) applicators. The main objective of this project is to quantitatively control the power deposition and heating delivered to a patient during a TT treatment. To achieve this, the optimal sensor technology for instantaneous and dynamic 3D electric field measurements will be identified and integrated into patient anatomy mimicking setups. A user-friendly interface and workflow will be developed for wider adoption. To validate the device, a new measurement strategy based on MR thermometry will be implemented on the Erasmus MC. Therefore, while working on the electromagnetic sensing, there will be a close collaboration with the radiotherapy group of the Erasmus MC for validation. The close collaboration in this project with Sensius BV in Rotterdam ensures a timely commercial launch.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in  in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or equivalent, with excellent grades.
  • A design-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with the industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Experience in, or affinity with,
  • multiphysics and numerical modelling;
  • microwave sensing technology using integrated circuit and optical techniques;
  • Knowledge in tissue-mimicking phantoms;
  • Solid coding skills, e.g. in Matlab, Python, or equivalent are an advantage.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an international setting with a close relationship to industry. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for two years.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale TOIO  (€2,618).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • To support you during your EngD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for EngD trainees.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

The Care+Cure research lab of the Electromagnetics (EM) group (EM4Care+Cure) contains simulation software & expertise, EM expertise & lab equipment, and academic staff adept at developing non-animal human-based (NAHB) modeling for designing innovative technology in neuromodulation, MRI, EM therapy and wireless communication & power transfer to human body implants. As a group, the experienced staff in the lab cover fundamental and applied EM and bio-EM research skills, with knowledge of the technological and experimental needs in biological and clinical research for supporting application research at our partner institutes in the Netherlands and Europe. Excellent EM4Care+Cure lab facilities support EM and probe/coil/antenna measurements (Hz-GHz), dielectric-thermal-MRI phantom creation & phantom/tissue characterization, and state-of-the-art simulation tools for device and experiment design (CST, Sim4Life, custom EM solvers). Our research armamentarium further includes an MRI scanner (O-scan, ESAOTE), a device for electroencephalography (EEG) (BioSemi) and commercial & custom devices for 3D EM scanning in tissue-mimicking fluids.


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager Kemal Sumser, PhD, k.sumser[at]tue.nl.

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact HR Services, email HRServices.Flux[at]tue.nl.

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The application should include:
  • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas and grade transcripts.
  • The result of an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.


  • Technical and laboratory
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V36.7199


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 23 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).