PhD / Post-Doc Position in Ultra-Low-Power Wearable Brainwave Processor (V36.3057)

PhD / Post-Doc Position in Ultra-Low-Power Wearable Brainwave Processor

Position
PhD-student, (Post-doctoral) Researcher
Departments
Department of Electrical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
05/11/2017
Reference number
V36.3057

Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, www.tue.nl), founded in 1956, is a world-leading
research university specializing in engineering science & technology. The Department of Electrical Engineering is responsible for research and education in Electrical Engineering. The TU/e is the world’s best-performing research university in terms of research cooperation with industry (#1 since 2009). Eindhoven is also the world’s most innovative city with the highest number of patents per resident.

Electronic Systems group at the TU/e
The Electronic Systems (ES) group (www.es.ele.tue.nl) comprises three full professors, two part-time full professors, two associate professors, six assistant professors, about 40 PhD candidates and postdocs, and several technical and support staff. The group has excellent infrastructure that includes individual computers, servers, state-of-the-art FPGA and GPU farms, sensor- and ad-hoc networking equipment, and a comprehensive range of electronic-design software. The group is member of Europractice and CMP, having access to advanced CMOS technologies down to 28nm. The group is authorized user of ARM DesignStart design suite, and has acquired the ARM Cortex M0 and M4 processor IP from ARM.
The ES group is world-renowned for its design automation and embedded systems research. It is our ambition to provide a scientific basis for design trajectories of digital electronic circuits, embedded and cyber-physical systems. The ES group excels in the area of digital VLSI circuit and system design. A variety of state-of-the-art chips have been developed by our ES group together with our industrial partners, such as NXP Semiconductors and imec - Holst Centre.

PhD /Post-Doc position in the BrainWave project (http://brain-wave.nl/)
Brain-related diseases, such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease (PD), are severely degrading
people’s quality of life. Few of the disease cases can be cured by medication alone. Many patients have to go to specialized hospitals to receive continuous monitoring of their electroencephalogram (EEG) signals, which is costly and impacts patient’s well-being. Current EEG sensing and processing platforms used in advanced hospitals are bulky and wired to the patient’s head. The used equipment is also power hungry and not self-sustainable, thereby far from being wearable, prohibiting continuous (24/7) monitoring. A solution is urgently needed to help these patients and raise their quality of life.

In this BrainWave project, we research and develop a wearable brainwave processing platform enabling 24/7 healthcare of epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease patients in non-hospital environments. Its key contribution is a novel brainwave processor which will analyze and interpret the EEG signals that are collected non-invasively by a multi-channel sensor interface. Ultra-lowpower, on-chip context-aware and patient-specific signal processing together with features such as data logging and cloud connection will make this brainwave processing platform really wearable and suitable for non-hospital environments.
In this project, the Electronic Systems (ES) group at TU/e collaborates with the Signal Processing System (SPS) group at TU/e, Kempenhaeghe, and the Donders Institute at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Two of our industrial partners NXP and TMSi will be heavily involved in the chip and system development as well. 

Three PhD students are involved in this project. The first PhD student is in charge of signal processing algorithm development, and is supervised by professors from the TU/e SPS group, Kempenhaeghe, and Donders Institute. A second PhD student is concerned with new ultra-low-power circuit-level implementation methods and the process technology interface, supervised by professors from the TU/e ES group.
In this third position the focus will be on ultra-low-power architectural innovations for mapping the new brainwave processing algorithms. The selection and modification of algorithms, and their ultra low-energy (combined HW-SW) implementation, without compromising functional performance, is a key challenge in this assignment.

Since two other PhD positions are already active for some time, we are looking either for a PhD candidate with already substantial experience in architecture creation for signal processing algorithms to have a flying start. Another option is to apply as Post-doc.

The PhD involved with signal processing is being supervised by Prof. Dr. Richard van Wezel, Prof. dr. Johan Arends, and Dr. Mike Cohen.
The PhD involved with ultra-low-power circuit design is supervised by Prof. Dr. José Pineda de Gyvez, Prof. dr. Henk Corporaal, and Ir. Jos Huisken. You will be supervised by these people as well.

Job requirements

We are looking for excellent candidates who meet the following requirements:
· A master degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a similar relevant
program, with excellent grades/CPA.
· In-depth knowledge of computer architecture; knowledge of VLSI circuits and systems; familiarity with state-of-the-art architecture development and evaluation tools; familiarity with HDL coding (e.g. in VHDL or Verilog).
· Familiar with Matlab and scripting languages (such as Perl or Python).
· Very good programming skills, e.g. in C.
· Good communication skills. Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.
· Highly motivated, team player.

You should be eager to push the state-of-the-art, and to demonstrate your research with working prototypes and publications in top international conferences and journals.

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job at a respected university through a fixed-term appointment for 3.5 years. The research during this period is intended to lead to a PhD degree, but due to the limit of a 3.5 year contract we allow application for a post-doc position as well. We offer a salary starting at Euro 2222 per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to Euro 2840 per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.
TU/e also offers you the opportunity for personal development by developing your social and communication skills. We do this by offering every candidate a series of courses that are part of the Proof program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.

Information and application

Information
For more information about the advertised positions, please contact:

Prof.   dr. Henk Corporaal,

H.Corporaal@tue.nl

Prof.   dr. José Pineda de Gyvez,

J.Pineda.de.Gyvez@tue.nl

Ir.   Jos Huisken,

J.A.Huisken@tue.nl

Application
If interested, please apply by using the button "apply now" at the top of  this page.
Please submit at least the following information (only pdf files are accepted):

  1. Cover letter, including availability (starting date), and statement of research interests.
  2. Curriculum vitae, including full education and employment histories, publication record, proof of proficiency in English, any teaching experience, and the names of at least three references that can be contacted.
  3. Scans of certificates showing BSc, MSc, and other courses followed, with grades and rankings.
  4. Up to two selected publications (e.g. MSc thesis, conference paper) in English of which you are the first or main author.

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