Friday, 9 May 2014

VACANCY: PhD Perinatal fetal heart-rate variability monitoring on Doppler ultrasound

Specifications - (explanation)

Function typesPhD positions
Scientific fieldsEngineering
Hours 38.0 hours per week
EducationUniversity Graduate
Job number V36.2004
About employer Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
Short link
Apply for this job within 37 days

Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for a:

PhD Perinatal fetal heart-rate variability monitoring based on Doppler ultrasound

in the Signal Processing Systems group (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.

Project description

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.


Candidates for the PhD position should have:

. 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

. reliable

. independent

. good organization skills


Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious university through a fixed-term appointment for the period of 4 years. The research in this project must be concluded with the attainment of a Ph.D. degree. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. A salary is offered starting at € 2083.-per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to EUR 2664.- per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities.

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 Proof program as an excellent addition to your scientific education.

More information on employment conditions can be found here: .


Additional information


Further information about the content of the project can be obtained from:

TU/e: H.C. van Assen (

Philips Research: M. van Lieshout ( / dr. L. Schmitt (

For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Ms. Femke Verheggen


If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of  this page. You should upload the following:
  • a cover letter explaining your motivation, background and qualifications for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
  • contact information of two references.
  • copies of diplomas and a list of your courses taken and grades obtained,

  • Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. 

    No comments: