PhD New ultrasound transducers and imaging techniques for pregnancy monitoring

Research / Academic


  • Are you inspired by healthcare challenges?
  • Are you eager to work on new cutting-edge technological developments in medical ultrasound and bring it to the clinic?
  • Are you our next PhD candidate in innovative and advanced 3D imaging for diagnostics and monitoring?

Job description

High-risk pregnancies are a major health problem worldwide, posing increased health risks to the mother, fetus, or both. Therefore, high-risk pregnancies require special care and adequate monitoring.
Recently, the NewLife project was funded by the EU, bringing together partners from academia, industry and clinics. The project works on solutions for pregnancy monitoring in general. Within the NewLife consortium, the TU/e ​​will work on a fetal monitoring patch for high-risk pregnancies.
We revolutionize pregnancy monitoring by making an ultrasound transducer based on the so-called cMUT technology, which can be applied on the abdomen of a pregnant woman as a patch for pregnancy monitoring and fetal well-being evaluation. Image formation and analysis strategies will be developed that enable 1) unattended CTG monitoring and 2) 3D imaging of the fetus for accurate diagnosis of congenital diseases.
You will be part of the Photoacoustics & Ultrasound Laboratory Eindhoven (PULS/e) research group, under the supervision of dr. ir. Hans-Martin Schwab and Dr. ir. Richard Lopata. The PULS/e group consists of a multidisciplinary and international team of researchers working on new ultrasound imaging techniques, photoacoustics, image reconstruction, functional imaging and model-based image analysis. Within this project you will collaborate closely with the BM/d group (department of electrical engineering of TU/e), Philips Research and several partners of the NewLife consortium.
During a four-year period, you will develop imaging prototypes, develop image acquisition and reconstruction algorithms, and test their performance. As well as simulations, you’ll construct realistic womb ghosts and supervise MSc/BSc students who will be working on projects within yours.


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent university degree) in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Affinity to (medical) ultrasound, or a comparable domain, or high-frequency electronics.
  • Experience with signal processing, programming (and wave physics).
  • A research-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and interest in collaborating with industrial partners.
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and educate students.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English (level C1).
  • Good presentation skills, necessary to present your work to a scientific audience.

Salary benefits:

A significant work in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary context and within an international network. You will be working on a beautiful green campus within walking distance of the central railway station. Furthermore, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with intermediate assessment (success/fail) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching duties.
  • Pay and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch universities, scale P (min. € 2.541,- and max. € 3.247,-).
  • An 8.3% year-end bonus and 8% annual holiday pay.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to become an informed and autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e ​​we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus kindergartens for children and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, home working and internet costs.
  • A staff immigration team and a tax offset scheme (the 30% structure) for international applicants.

Work hours:

38 hours per week


DeRondom 70

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