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PDEng position in Flexible electronics for neuromonitoring

PDEng position in Flexible electronics for neuromonitoring

Technologisch ontwerper in opleiding (PDEng trainee)
Electrical Engineering


Large area electronics is emerging as a new enabling technology in the medical domain thanks to its flexibility and low cost per area. These characteristics allow for the design of relatively cheap or even disposable circuits to measure for example electrocorticography (ECoG), electroencephalograms (EEG) or electromyograms (EMG) while maximizing patient comport.

One of such technologies is amorphous Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (IGZO), which has a very high mobility and thus good transistor performance compared to other large area electronics: this opens the way to biomedical frontends made fully or partially in flexible electronics.

As a PDEng in the UEBIT (Utrecht/Eindhoven Brain Interaction Technologies) project, you will focus on designing in IGZO technology as well as in silicon ICs in order to develop and test a fully implantable flexible device for monitoring brain states. To do this, several design challenges must be overcome, such as

  • Limiting the number of interconnects between the IGZO technology and a Silicon chip to a minimum, in order to improve the current systems in terms of robustness, user friendliness and invasiveness
  • Designing a system on IGZO with extremely low noise (sub microvolt) in order to ensure signal integrity
  • Obtaining a very low power consumption, to ensure the possibility to implant the device
  • Obtaining adequate bandwidth/speed, to cope with the cortical signals
  • Limiting the area per channel, to enable high spatial resolution

You will be able to cooperate and interact with two leading institutions in the innovative field of neuromonitoring, namely

  • You will be actively supervised by the team of Prof. Cantatore at the TU/e, who are renowned for designing flexible electronics on plastic foils, and have recently demonstrated for the first time EMG recording from the skin using this technology (
  • You will be in frequent contact with the team of Prof. Ramsey from the UMCU who are renowned for decoding brain activity with intracranial electrodes and for translating the acquired knowledge to clinical solutions such as BCI for LIS patients (

A special emphasis will be put on building a relationship with the stakeholders: patients, research institutes, industry – both local and multinational, and peers.

Besides the project, you will also develop yourself personally with courses and workshops about efficiently design, developing a product in the medical area, social skills and entrepreneurship and a choice of electives to make your learning experience unique to your needs.


  • A master’s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Electrical Engineering.
  • A detailed knowledge of integrated circuit design, demonstrated by having completed at least one IC design on your own before.
  • A design oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with the industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with a close relationship to industry.
  • A full-time employment for two years.
  • To support you during your PDEng and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PDEng trainees.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • 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.

Informatie en sollicitatie

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact E. Cantatore, e.cantatore[at] or +31 40 247 3388

For information about terms of employment, click here or contact F.R. de Groot, HR advisor, f.r.d.groot[at] or +31 40 247 3040.

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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.

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