PhD Position in Compressive Ultrasound Imaging
Three-dimensional ultrasound is a very powerful imaging technique, but it requires transducers that accommodate thousands of sensors and complex hardware which restricts its use to specialized clinical applications in developed countries. Manufacturing this type of transducers is complex and very costly. In this project we propose a novel approach that can overcome this limitation and make 3D imaging simply available to any application by making use of a technique called compressive sensing. The main technological idea behind this exciting project is that a simple plastic coding mask is already enough to compress the 3D information in such a way that you need far less sensors. This concept can be applied to extend the imaging capabilities of commercial ultrasound probes from 2D to 3D, but also opens up the possibility for a new type of wearable imaging device for long time monitoring/imaging of various organs such as the brain or the carotid artery. In this project we want to take this concept to a new level that will enable simple 3D ultrasound for a wide range of applications.
For this multidisciplinary research project we are looking for enthusiastic candidate PhD-students to take this exciting project from a new idea to an actual reality.
One of the PhD students will focus his/her research on laying the theoretical foundations for spatial compression of acoustic waves and will develop algorithms that can be used to reconstruct images from compressed ultrasound data. This work will be carried out in the Circuits and Systems group of the Delft University of Technology, in Delft, The Netherlands under the supervision of Prof. Geert Leus.
• have a MSc in a relevant area (electrical engineering, applied physics, …);
• have experience with programming (Matlab, Python, C++, …);
• are creative, pro-active with good analytical skills;
• combine creativity with a sound academic attitude;
• have excellent communication skills in English, both in writing and speaking;
• are good team-players and able to work in a collaborative environment.
What we offer:
• A challenging job for 4 years on a hot research topic, in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating research environment;
• We offer you support with your professional and personal development;
• The ability to travel and share your scientific achievements during top level engineering conferences;
• A gross salary per month of € 2325,- (first year) as a PhD up to € 2972,- (final year) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities;
• Extra allowances (such as 8% holiday allowance) and other benefits depending on the institute.
When you apply for any of these positions, please annex your:
- Names and contact information of two references who are acquainted with the applicant's previous academic and/or research/professional activity.
- A detailed list of university courses with grades.
- Motivation on why you want to join the group (max. 1 page).