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One or more PhD stipends in Biomedical Engineering (21-20031)

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Science and Technology, one or more PhD stipends are available within the general research programme Biomedical Science and Engineering. The stipends are open for appointment from 1st of July 2020 or thereafter.

Job description

The Department of Health Science and Technology carries out multidisciplinary research, and teaching in the area of health science and technology. The department has more than 250 employees and is responsible for more than 1700 students. More than 100 PhD students are enrolled in the doctoal school affiliated to the department. The department has laboratory facilities for Multichannel EEG and EMG analysis, electrical stimulation, prosthetics and assistive robotics, ECG-analysis, ultrasound, 3-d movement analysis, respiratory and circulatory examinations, sensory and motor functions analysis, clean room facilities, cell growth, molecular biology etc. For further information see: www.hst.aau.dk

In 2000, AAU established a new five-year master program within biomedical engineering, in 2006 within medicine with industrial specialization, in 2007 within Sports Science and latest in 2010 within medicine and latest in 2019 within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. All educations at AAU are based on problem-based teaching.

As The Faculty of Medicine wishes PhD positions to enable careers both within and outside the university, the vacant positions are created in such a way that the competences achieved in the position will qualify for both a research career and a career in the commercial and/or public sector. At least a year before the position expires, you will be offered an interview to clarify your future career. 

About the project: The SimBionics project aims at developing a novel control scheme to mimic the mechanical and somatosensory function of biological limbs that can provide better interfaces for current and future products. For this purpose, the project will develop a real-time, closed-loop and biomimetic control framework for bionic legs. 
During the project, you will have the chance to build up your capacity of developing successful innovations, improve your entrepreneurial and technological skills and develop a cross-sector mind-set that allows you to bring cutting-edge scientific achievements to the market.

About the program: As an Early Stage Researcher of the Marie Skłodowska Curie European Industrial Doctorate you will have the chance to experience both the industrial and the academic world, while enrolled in a PhD program from Aalborg University. It is important to take into account that this position requires you to move between countries during the project. You will have to physically move between the academic (Denmark) and industrial partner (Germany) country. 
The candidates are required to meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher eligibility criteria. Therefore, the candidates must have had less than four years full-time equivalent research experience and must not have already obtained a PhD. Additionally, they must not have resided in Denmark for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the start of appointment.

About the specific topic: the candidates that are enrolled in this call will be working on using electrotactile and vibrotactile stimulation to provide the missing somatosensory feedback to a user of a lower-limb robotic prosthesis. The task for the candidate will be to design the feedback system that will improve the use of the prosthesis (e.g., faster and more stable gait) as well as subjective experience (e.g., confidence). This will include interfacing with the robotic prostheses to read the sensor data, selecting which variables to feedback to the user (e.g., foot contact, joint angles), and developing the methods to control the stimulation in order to produce desired tactile sensations. The candidate will also integrate the feedback system with the command interface (developed by a collaborator) to produce the closed-loop control scheme that will be evaluated in amputee subjects.

Qualification requirements
The following qualifications will be required:

• You hold a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or equivalent, or you will obtain such a degree before the beginning of the project.
• You have experience in programming (e.g., Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, and/or C++).
• You have a high proficiency in oral and written English.
• You are a highly motivated individual who is able to work independently or in small groups.

A research background in electrical stimulation and/or haptic feedback (e.g., electro- and/or vibro-tactile stimulation), gait analysis and biomechanics, and/or prosthetics is an advantage. There is no teaching obligation associated with this project, but it may be possible to teach if the candidate wishes to do so. 

A project description of max 2 pages excl. references must be attached to the application. The description should outline a relevant research project within this field.

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Strahinja Dosen, phone +45 9940 3749, and email: sdosen@hst.aau.dk concerning the scientific aspects of the stipends.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Bettina Wedde, The Faculty of Medicine, email: bew@adm.aau.dk, phone: +45 9940 9909.

For more information of the The Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology: http://www.medicine.aau.dk/doctoral-school/

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015, on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current Circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.     

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