TNO at Holst Centre works with a range of thin-film technologies, originally developed for display and other consumer electronics applications, that show a lot of potential in the fast-growing domain of biomedical wearables. Examples include electronic patches based on optical as well as ultrasound imaging technology. We work closely with the local and international ecosystems of start-ups and scale-ups and with other TNO units, such as Healthy Living (HL), for the application development of wearable biomedical electronic devices that are used for diagnosis, monitoring and, potentially, treatment
In the domain of wearables based on optical imaging, we develop novel technology to non-invasively determine e.g. physiological parameters such as blood pressure and blood oxygenation. Progress is made by new technology development and by extensive systems engineering and corresponding data, signal and image analysis. For this fast-developing domain, we are looking for a biomedical researcher (PhD) to strengthen our team and to bring fresh views, expertise and creativity to the development of new innovative concepts in wearable biomedical devices.
You will join the Thin-Film Electronics team to develop and realize the department's program and project portfolio in the domain of biomedical wearables, leveraging the department's strengths in (flexible) thin-film process technology and systems engineering. Your daily activities will be varied since you will join a multidisciplinary team that defines and executes multiple R&D programs and projects with industrial partners and European consortia. Your work will entail shaping the technology, identification and development of new value propositions, translation of detailed insights into tangible patents and experimental plans, (co-)execution and analysis of experiments, and dissemination of scientific results.
Candidates should have a high affinity with biomedical wearable devices and should have hands-on experience in performing research therein. Preferably, candidates have (i) knowledge and background in thin film technologies, (ii) experience with biomedical devices, and (iii) experience with data, signal and/or image analysis. The selected candidate will work closely with multidisciplinary colleagues in the Thin-Film Electronics team and the Hybrid Printed Electronics team, so teamwork will be of the essence.
Your main activities will be to
• Shape and give directions to the technology and application developments based on market demands
• Pro-actively interact with the market and (co-)define roadmaps and research plans
• Define and manage collaborative projects in the field of biomedical wearables; actively participate in international projects
• Execute research and engineering work
• Dissemination of results
• PhD / Postdoc in biomedical engineering or related discipline, with experience and professional network in/towards development of (bio)medical technology.
• Detailed knowledge of relevant human physiology, familiarity with reading medical scientific literature.
• Experience with translation of clinical and physiological insights into scientific and technological work in the domain of optical, electrical and/or acoustical measurements for (bio)medical applications. Proven creativity through a strong list of publications and/or patents.
• Team player, with excellent (written and verbal) communication skills. Pro-active and critical view, capable of efficiently organizing your own, as well as the broader team's research activities.