Postdoc in Analog and Mixed-Signal IC design
36-40 hours per week

Challenge: To develop an hybrid epidural brain interface.
Change: Power-efficient circuits for FUS and neuronal recording interfaces.
Impact: Contribute to a novel personalized therapy for depression.

Job description
Focused ultrasound (FUS) brain stimulation and EEG recording are stimulation and recording modalities to interface with the brain. Both FUS and EEG are seeing great developments in terms of miniaturization and spatial density. Merging these two technologies has the potential to provide a minimally-invasive yet highly powerful tool for closed-loop brain interfaces. While FUS can stimulate neural circuits with high precision and coverage, EEG can detect brain signals that correlate with different states of disease. To achieve this, new circuit architectures and system level optimizations need to be implemented to optimize the energy and area efficiency of such systems.

In this fully funded 3-year Postdoc position (UPSIDE EU grant – EIC Pathfinder Challenges), you will investigate novel system level architectures for energy and area-efficient FUS and EEG devices at the integrated circuit level, using advanced CMOS technologies. You will be embedded in the research group of Dr. Tiago Costa and Dr. Dante Muratore, and will have close collaboration with colleagues in both groups. You will also work closely with collaborators in the fields of microfabrication, microsystem integration and neurobiology. The outcome of your work will be tested in vivo towards unraveling the promising effect of FUS in the complex neural circuits involved in treatment-resistant depression.

You will be embedded in the research group of Dr. Tiago Costa and Dr. Dante Muratore and will have close collaboration with colleagues from the section Bioelectronics and the department Microelectronics.

Requirements
We make our selection based on the following general requirements:
  • You should have earned an PhD degree at a recognized institute for higher education in Electrical Engineering.
  • You should have a strong background in Analog and Mixed-Signal IC design. A background in neural interfaces is desirable.
  • Your PhD thesis and publications should reflect significant original ideas. Critical and independent thinking are a must.
  • You should be able to communicate well in english (written and oral). It is expected to have a level of 7.0 or higher for IELTS-score, or 100 or higher for TOEFL-score. Provide TOEFL/IELTS scores if available.

Your resume should contain contact information of prior advisors/ supervisors who can provide feedback.

Conditions of employment
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct: www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/strategy/integrity-policy/tu-delft-code-of-conduct/). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three disciplines - electrical engineering, mathematics and computer science. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make future-proof. We are also working on a world in which humans and computers reinforce each other. We are mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. There is plenty of room here for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1,100 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

Visit the website of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science: www.tudelft.nl/en/eemcs/the-faculty.

The department Microelectronics (ME) focuses on microelectronics, microfabrication, signal processing, radar, and microwave systems. The research is clustered in three main themes: Health and Well-Being, Next-Generation Communication and Sensing, and Autonomous Sensor Systems. The department's activities are highly multi-disciplinary, involving innovative combinations of device physics, material science, and chemistry, on the one hand, with signal processing, circuit, and system design, on the other. They are also multidisciplinary about their scope of applications, as they play a crucial role in nearly all fields of innovation, ranging from advanced health care to telecommunications and smart grids.

Additional information
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Tiago Costa (t.m.l.dacosta@tudelft.nl) and/or Dr. Dante Muratore (d.g.muratore@tudelft.nl).

Application procedure
Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before August 31, 2022 via the application form on our website and upload your motivation and CV.
  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Agency calls are not appreciated.