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The department provides about 100 courses, of which most are included in the Master’s Programs ”Biomedical Engineering”, “Electric Power Engineering”, ”Systems, Control and Mechatronics” and ”Communication Engineering”.

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Information about the research and the project
We are looking for a Postdoc or a PhD student with interest in biomedical applications of microwaves that will work within the Biomedical Electromagnetic research group at the department of Electrical Engineering. The focus of this group is to develop new and more effective medical methods and systems for diagnostics and treatment. Stroke diagnostics, breast cancer detection, microwave hyperthermia treatment and localization of epileptic brain activity are a few examples. The main activity in the development towards these applications involves mainly signal processing methods, antenna systems design and design of measurement hardware. Construction of complete prototype systems for clinical tests is a key goal in all projects.  

In this project, we will develop a clinical prototype of the head and neck applicator to verify the feasibility of our focus-adapted beamforming approach in clinical studies. Deep penetration in the body is achieved by using constructive wave interference from a large number of antennas organized in multiple rings around the patient. The heat effect is developed in the tumor by the transmission of microwaves which are adjusted in time, frequency and amplitude to form a focus spot inside the tumor. Based on your background, your part of the project will be oriented either (i) towards electromagnetic modeling of arrays antennas and system level frontend analysis (including the power amplification stage and effects of cross-talk between multiple transmitter channels), robust manufacturing, and on performing measurements to verify the system level accuracy and focus ability, or (ii) your project will be focused towards the treatment planning where the aim is to achieve optimal focusing in patients. The project also involves integration of the hardware with the focusing algorithms and to optimize its focusing ability and assess and optimize the system level performance in the laboratory and later in the clinical environment. 

The research environment will be an integrated part in MedTech West, a common biomedical engineering center created by five western Swedish partners, including Chalmers University of Technology and the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Further, this research project is embedded in the Vinnova Excellence Research Centre ChaseOn, which encompasses multiple inter-disciplinary research fields, such as antenna systems, signal processing, mobile communications, scientific computing, biomedical engineering and the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation. The Centre is supported by 18 Swedish companies.

Major responsibilities
Based on your background, you will either
(i) design of amplifier system for clinical applicability (ii) develop electromagnetic models with commercial software tools (e.g. CST, ADC, HFSS) and use that as a tool to improve the antenna system as well as its mechanical design, (iii) performing measurements and calibration of the antenna system.  

or

(i) develop new treatment planning algorithms, (ii) develop electromagnetic models with commercial software tools as well as mechanical design models. (iii) implement, test and evaluate the theoretical modeling and treatment planning in the exposure system.

In any case a major responsibility is to publish the work in scientific technical journals and at conferences.

As a PhD student, your major responsibilities is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours. 

As a Post-Doc, your major responsibilities is to take an active part in the research project while developing your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position does generally not include any teaching duties.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position as PhD student is limited to a maximum of five years and the position as Postdoc is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

Qualifications
Applicants for the PhD position should have, or expect to receive a M.Sc. degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a relevant electrical engineering, applied physics, biomedical engineering or mathematical discipline.

Applicants for the Postdoctoral position should have, or expect to receive a Doctoral degree or equivalent in a relevant electrical engineering, applied physics, biomedical engineering or mathematical discipline.

In addition to the formal qualifications, selection is also based on the performance of the candidates in other works (e.g. thesis and advanced level courses), as well as through interviews. Besides good subject knowledge, emphasis will be on creative thinking, motivation, ability to cooperate, initiative to work independently. Previous experience in the area of antennas and microwave is required, while industrial experience in designing, manufacturing and characterization of antenna systems is meritorious.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170664 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

For PhD student position
CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.


For Post-Doc
CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Dr. Hana Dobsicek Trefna, Biomedical Electromagnetics
hanatre@chalmers.se

Dr. Andreas Fhager, Biomedical Electromagnetics
andreas.fhager@chalmers.se

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 
   



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