Doctoral researcher - Power supply for medical implants

At the University of Rostock, Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Institute for Electronic Appliances and Circuits, Chair of Micro- and Nanotechnology of Electronic Systems, subject to fund allocation, applications are invited for the position of a

Doctoral Researcher (pay scheme TV-L E13, full-time, earliest start on 01.02.2018, ending 30.06.2021)

The research is carried out within the framework of project B03 ‘Energy-autonomous platform for electrical stimulation implants’ of the DFG Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1270 ‘Electrically Active Implants’ – ELAINE. Further information: www.elaine.uni-rostock.de.

Remit:
The objective is to develop novel power supply system for medical implants. Thermoelectric energy harvesting from the human body will be employed to extend the operation time of battery-powered implants as used in e.g. deep brain stimulation. Comprehensive understanding of the temperature distribution at typical implant locations has to be acquired during the initial phase. Numerical modelling of bioheat transfer is an essential tool to consider various thermal effects such as metabolic and perfusion heat sources. The candidate will also work towards an advanced implant housing, which enables the integration of thermoelectric power generators. Existing titanium housings will be adapted to achieve good thermal coupling between the generator and the surrounding tissue. The implant will contain the generator, power management electronics and the control circuitry. The candidate will collaborate with the medical projects in order to identify the power requirements of the respective electrical activation schemes. Suitable power management electronic modules will also be evaluated and selected. Within this project the candidate will cooperate with another doctoral researcher and a Post Doc. The team will assess the integration of the energy harvesting system and the electronics. Towards the end of the project an integrated prototype will be assembled and thoroughly tested.

Expected appointment requirements:
  • The preferred candidate should have an excellent master’s degree in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, microsystems engineering, computational (science and) engineering, mechanical engineering or physics
  • Interest for interdisciplinary research and medicine
  • The ability to work in new topics as well as an independent way of working and being proactive
  • Excellent knowledge in one or more of the following areas is expected: energy harvesting, thermoelectricity, thermal modelling, bioheat transfer, ultralow power management
  • Good command of the English language is mandatory

We offer:
  • A multifacetted, diverse and challenging occupation in a university which is rich in tradition but at the same time innovative, modern and family-friendly being situated in a lively city at the Baltic Sea
  • The possibility of pursuing a dissertation within the Integrated Research Training Group of the CRC 1270 ‘Electrically Active Implants’ – ELAINE
  • The remuneration will be paid in accordance with remuneration group 13 TVL/13 Ü if the personal and tariff prerequisites are satisfied

Further information

The limitation of the term of employment complies with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf-document.
 
Send application to
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dennis Hohlfeld
Universität Rostock
Institut für Gerätesysteme und Schaltungstechnik
Professur Mikro- und Nanotechnik elektronischer Systeme
Albert-Einstein-Str. 2, 18059 Rostock

Email: dennis.hohlfeld@uni-rostock.de
Tel.: 0381-498-7205 / Fax: 0381-498-7202
While applying for the job please refer to jobvector and use the following reference number: D 210/17

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