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Postdoc student on remote sleep monitoring

Postdoc student on remote sleep monitoring

The Electronic Systems (ES) group within the Department of Electrical Engineering of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) seeks to hire an outstanding postdoc within the field of remote vital signs monitoring.
Position
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department(s)
Electrical Engineering
FTE
1,0
Date off
14/03/2021
Reference number
V36.4773

Job description

Commoditization of digital cameras in visible, nIR and thermal infra-red spectral ranges has led to the discovery of a relatively large variety of techniques to measure physiological parameters in an entirely contactless manner, using these cameras. Within the UMOSA project we will explore two contactless techniques, namely speckle vibrometry and remote thermography because each has a unique measurement principle, and consequently, they provide a relatively broad range of complementary physiological parameters.

In this project, you will investigate how camera based monitoring can be used to monitor the respiratory flow in sleep patients. The ultimate goal is to detect and quantify the severity of sleep apnea using such remote monitoring techniques. To be able to differentiate between obstructive and central apnea, respiratory effort and airflow have to be measured simultaneously. To this end you will combine and extend existing camera based remote thermography (rTG) and remote PPG techniques. One of the major challenges in building real world systems based on these remote sensing principles lays in the detection of the relevant body parts (i.e., nostrils, skin, chest) while the patient is partially covered with sheets and might be turning around while sleeping. For this purpose novel AI-based detection and tracking algorithms need to be developed. Your project should result in a technical demonstrator that is validated in a real sleep clinic with real patients.

Departments and collaborators

The Electronic Systems group consists of seven full professors, ten assistant professors, several postdocs, about 40 PDEng and PhD candidates and support staff. 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 electronic systems, ranging from digital circuits to cyber-physical systems. The trajectories are constructive and lead to high quality, cost-effective systems with predictable properties (functionality, timing, reliability, power dissipation, and cost). Design trajectories for applications that have strict real-time requirements and stringent power constraints are an explicit focus point of the group. Within this area, prof.dr.ir. G. de Haan and dr.ir. S. Stuijk have developed various novel remote vital signs monitoring algorithms and their embedded implementations.

The UMOSA project team is designed to combine extensive knowledge in the key fields.
The project team includes partners from Philips and the Kempenhaeghe sleep hospital.
As part of this project, the candidate will work closely with these partners to ensure that the developed techniques are suitable for use in clinical practice.

Job requirements

We are looking for candidates that match the following profile:

  • A PhD degree in Electrical Engineering or related disciplines with excellent grades.
  • Excellent knowledge of signal processing and systems.
  • Solid programming skills (e.g., in Matlab and C, C++ or Labview).
  • A team player that enjoys to work in multicultural teams.
  • Good communication and organization skills.
  • Excellent English language skills (writing and presenting).

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A fixed-term, 3 year position in a research group with an excellent reputation. 
  • You will have free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

Information

For more information about the project and any informal enquiries, please contact
dr.ir. S. Stuijk (s.stuijk[at]tue.nl)

For more information on working at the TU/e and employment conditions, see here
or contact Mrs. Linda van den Boom, HR Advisor (l.j.c.v.d.boomen[at]tue.nl).

More information on employment conditions can be found here.

Application

If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. You should upload the following:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of motivation and portfolio with relevant work;
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and key achievements in research project(s));
  • contact information of two references;
  • copies of diplomas with course grades;

Candidates will be selected based on graduation mark and proficiency at university including consideration of the reputation of the university, relevant experience and skills, writing skills and publications, work experience as well as performance in relevant modeling exercises and interviews.

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