Specifications - (explanation)
|Function types||PhD positions|
|Hours||38.0 hours per week|
|About employer||Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)|
PhD Perinatal fetal heart-rate variability monitoring based on Doppler ultrasound
in the (SPS), department of Electrical Engineering.
The Department Electrical Engineering (EE) is one of the nine departments of the Eindhoven University of Technology and provides BSc and MSc programs in Electrical Engineering. The department has nine research groups and has research collaborations with other departments at TU/e as well as with a large number of other universities and companies, both within the Netherlands and internationally. The department has approximately 350 employees and 600 students.
Birth is one of the most traumatic experiences a human (fetal) heart faces during life. Monitoring the fetal heart during delivery can therefore yield critical information for the clinical staff with respect to the status of the fetus. Recently, the Signal Processing Systems group of the Electrical Engineering department of the TU/e and its partners Philips Research and Máxima Medical Center have obtained funding for a PhD position to investigate how to improve the real-time assessment of the fetal status during delivery. This research will be part of a larger fetal monitoring research project, covering many aspects of fetal wellbeing.
The project will focus on heart-rate variability based on Doppler ultrasound. At late stages of labor, the quality of Doppler ultrasound can be suboptimal due to various reasons, often causing the clinician to switch to the invasive scalp electrode for heart-rate measurements. This project will aim at improving quality of Doppler ultrasound during labor, so as to obviate the need for the scalp electrode. Ultrasound imaging may be used as a reference data source, while on the other hand the fetal ECG may provide additional useful information to obtain good quality beat-to-beat heart-rate variability measurements. Furthermore, continuous monitoring of the umbilical chord with Doppler ultrasound imaging is considered to detect whenever it may be blocked during delivery. Ultrasound will be the main source of information, possibly supported with additional fetal ECG recordings. The Doppler ultrasound findings will be compared to electrophysiological measurements (scalp electrode), which are currently the most reliable source of heart rate variability information.
. a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering/telecommunications, (Applied) Physics, Biomedical Engineering or related disciplines with excellent grades.
. good analytic capabilities
. good mathematical skills
. knowledge of signal processing and systems is beneficial
. knowledge of ultrasound is beneficial
. communication skills are very important in this multi-disciplinary project with scientists, engineers and doctors
. good organization skills
Conditions of employment
TU/e also offers you the opportunity for personal development by developing your social and communication skills. We do this by offering every PhD student a series of courses that are part of the as an excellent addition to your scientific education.
More information on employment conditions can be found here: .
TU/e: Dr.ir. H.C. van Assen (email@example.com)
Philips Research: dr.ir. M. van Lieshout (firstname.lastname@example.org) / dr. L. Schmitt (email@example.com)
For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Ms. Femke Verheggen firstname.lastname@example.org.
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