PhD's in Medtech solutions for Earlier DetectIon of CArdIovascular Disease (V51.3885)

PhD's in Medtech solutions for Earlier DetectIon of CArdIovascular Disease

PhD-students for 2 positions in Medtech solutions for Earlier DetectIon of CArdIovascular Disease (MEDICAID)
Aanstellingsfunctie(s)
Promovendus
Faculteit(en)
Faculteit Industrial Design
FTE
1,0
Sluitdatum
30/05/2019
Aanvraagnummer
V51.3885

Functieomschrijving

We are seeking two PhD candidates for the MEDICAID research project.

Background

The Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center (e/MTIC) is a public-private partnership that aims to create a fast track to high-tech-health innovations in the cardiovascular, perinatal and sleep fields. It combines an academic partner (TU Eindhoven) with 3 semi-academic hospitals (Catharina Hospital, Maxima Medical Center, Kempenhaeghe) and an industrial partner (Philips). This project combines unobtrusive wearable technologies (incl. wristbands) and smart home technologies with user-friendly patient experience capturing solutions (incl. patient diaries) that have been developed within e/MTIC in recent years. It aims to a) validate and refine these technologies for new forms of for self-monitoring outside the hospital, and b) integrate them into a reliable, patient-friendly solution for timely detection of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) episodes and of Heart Failure (HF) deterioration by combining objective and subjective self-monitoring information with information acquired in the clinical setting. It is key to design sustainable solutions that encourage long-term use and continuous engagement, and that also focus on the patient as a central stakeholder.

Industrial Design PhD positions

In this design research trajectory, the PhD student will explore how to design for patient engagement in the everyday to improve the outcomes of the patient’s care path, covering home & community, primary, secondary, and tertiary care. The design research questions revolve around the design of an ecosystem of different users, products, and services. The high-level hypothesis is that a personalized care path leads to a better health outcome. Prominent users in this system are the patient, his or her family, close friends, and the care team of healthcare professionals.

The two PhD candidates will closely collaborate and share technological platforms and methodologies as complementary focus points of each PhD position.

PhD1: Designing for new transmural patient engagement methods in the Cardiology domain

This research will build on the Data Enabled Design methodology, designing with new emerging technologies and prior work in the field of designing for the Future Every day and Patient Engagement. We are interested in understanding how to gain continuous actionable insights around the patient’s engagement and deliver real time design interventions to facilitate a personalized Everyday care path. Important questions are how to design for motivating and engaging interactions with the patient and his or her family in their personal spaces? How to embed (remote) patient engagement into the workflow and staff experience? How to measure the impact of designing for patient engagement on the health outcome? The PhD student will explore one or more of these questions by applying the research through design method with hands-on making and prototyping.

PhD2: Designing to data pathways to improve health outcomes in the Cardiology domain

This research will build on the Data Enabled Design methodology, designing with new emerging technologies and prior work in the field of designing for the Future Every day and Patient Engagement. We are interested in understanding how patient data from different phases of a patient journey can be integrated and presented to different stakeholders in personalized and possibly tangible ways. Important questions are how to design for capturing relevant data and to embed (remote) patient engagement into the workflow and staff experience. How to measure the impact of designing for patient awareness on the health outcome? How to get a holistic understanding of transmural personal care journeys as predictors for the risk and success rate of planned treatments? The PhD student will explore one or more of these questions by applying the research through design method with hands-on making and prototyping.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, www.tue.nl) is one of Europe's leading research universities. The Eindhoven area, in the southern part of the Netherlands, is one of Europe's top 'innovation ecosystems', with many high-tech companies and institutes. TU/e is intertwined with many of these companies and institutes, and research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence, industrial relevance and societal interweaving.  The Department of Industrial Design (ID) of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), founded in 2001, is a maturing department with over 650 students, both Bachelor and Master, and around 40 research staff members and about 10 lecturers. The mission of the department of Industrial Design at TU/e is Research on and Education in the Design of Systems with Emerging Technologies in a Societal Context.

The PhDs will be under the supervision of Prof.dr.ir. Berry Eggen and Prof.dr. Lin-Lin Chen, Dr. Mathias Funk, Dr. Rong-Hao Liang and Dr. Saskia Bakker in the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. The project will be executed in collaboration with Philips Design; Dr. Geert Christiaansen and Dr. Eva Deckers of Philips Design are closely involved in the supervision of the PhD students. At the TU/e, the positions are situated within the research cluster of ‘Future Everyday’. The Future Everyday cluster investigates the everyday interactions between individual people and the highly interconnected technology that surrounds them. Researchers measure, model and design for the user experience when individuals interact with social-technological networks in their homes, at work, in transit, while doing sports or going out.

Prospective starting date: July/August 2019.

Functie-eisen

  • A Masters degree in a design related discipline
  • A design portfolio demonstrating skills and knowledge in contextual design exploration, digital fabrication and interactive prototyping, connected technologies, and data enabled design combined with a keen eye for aesthetics
  • A commitment to research through making, reflection and co-design
  • Initial experience with academic research
  • An interest in research in the area of designing connected products, data representations, personalization, data-intensive interfaces, and wearable probes
  • A hands-on approach combined with analytical skills and common sense
  • An ambition to build, organize and realize things and events
  • Openness and interest to work with people from other disciplines and across organizations
  • Fluency in English is a must (written and spoken), Dutch (spoken) desirable. 

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

  • We offer a full time, challenging position for 4 years (48 months) in a new and rapidly growing Department of Industrial Design
  • We offer a starting salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year and € 2,972 gross per month in the last year (PhD-salary scale Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities) on a full-time basis, plus 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of the year allowance.
  • Attractive secondary labor conditions (good sport facilities, child care, etc.).

Informatie en sollicitatie

Information

General information about the Department Industrial Design, candidates will find on http://www.id.tue.nl/.
Candidates can get more information about the project from Prof.dr.ir. Berry Eggen, e-mail j.h.eggen[at]tue.nl tel.+31(0)40 2475227, or Dr. Mathias Funk, email m.funk[at]tue.nl. If you have any questions about the application procedure, please contact HR Services Industrial Design, tel. +31(0) 40 2475336, e-mail: HR-IndustrialDesign[at]tue.nl.

How to apply
Your application must contain the following documents (all in English):
-        a written application letter with a clear motivation section
-        a portfolio
-        a curriculum vitae.

Please note that a maximum of 5 documents of 2 MB each can be uploaded. If you have more than 5 documents you will have to combine them.

Applications per e-mail are not accepted.

If you are interested, we invite you to apply before 31 May 2019. To apply please use the “apply now” button.