03/05/2018
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

1 PhD position on “Development of a microwave device for imaged guided thermal ablation” in the framework of Marie Slodowskwa-Curie Innovative Training Network “EMERALD - ElectroMagnetic imaging for a novel genERation of medicAL Devices"

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR-IREA)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringComputer engineering
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    06/06/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Italy › Napoli
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    N/A
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2018
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    764479

The main research topic of the offered PhD position will be the design, realization and testing of a non-invasive, safe, portable and cost-efficient microwave imaging device to monitor thermal ablation treatments.

The main objectives of the planned research activities will be:

  • Design of the device for non-invasive monitoring of thermal ablation treatments;
  • Evaluation and implementation of robust and real-time signal processing algorithms for remote monitoring of tissue’s temperature;
  • Experiments for imaging of tissue variations with temperature on ex-vivo tissue samples;
  • Experimental assessment of relationship between temperature and tissue properties.

The PhD candidate will join the PhD program at Sapienza University in Rome and will carry out her/his activities mainly at CNR-IREA in Naples, Italy.

Several secondments are planned during the PhD studies: in Ireland at National University of Galway (https://www.nuigalway.ie), in Israel at Hadassah Medical Center (http://www.hadassah-med.com), in Czech Republic at Czech Technical University (https://www.cvut.cz/en), in France at CNRS-Geeps (http://www.geeps.centralesupelec.fr) and in Turkey at MITOS technology (https://www.mitosmedikal.com/academical).

This PhD position is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “EMERALD - ElectroMagnetic imaging for a novel genERation of medicAL Devices”, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

EMERALD is the coherent action of leading European engineering groups involved in electromagnetic (EM) technology for medical imaging to form a cohort of highly-skilled researchers capable of accelerating the translation of this technology “from research bench to patient bedside”. EM imaging technology involves the illumination of the portion of the body under investigation with low-power non-ionizing EM waves in the microwave range of the frequency spectrum and the use of the resultant backscattered signals to generate images of the internal structure of the body.

The objective pursued by EMERALD is to accelerate translation of research in EM medical imaging into clinical prototypes. To this end, EMERALD will establish a group of 13 outstanding early stage researchers (ESRs) who will be the European leaders in this field, through a unique scientific and training programme. The EMERALD consortium involves academic institutions, industrial partners, hospitals and university medical centers.

The EMERALD trained researchers will drive the future developments of EM imaging technology, thanks to the targeted skills they will attain, and their established connections with clinicians and stakeholders.

Benefits

The successful candidate will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment, but may vary between €38.000,00 gross/year and €43.000,00 gross/year. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if applicable). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months. In addition to the individual scientific project, the successful candidate will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules, as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

 

Eligibility criteria

All candidates must comply with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions eligibility requirements (see page 19 of the guide for applicants). In particular candidates:

  • must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career;
  • must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree;
  • must carry out trans-national mobility and not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) within the host country for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to recruitment (short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

To be eligible for a PhD at Sapienza University of Rome, students are bound to have by August 31, 2018, a Master of Science degree (i.e. 2nd level title, as defined by the Bologna Process), issued by an officially recognized academic institution, which grants admission in PhD programmes in the country of issuance.

 

Selection process

In order to apply, candidates are required to provide the following documents to the email address crocco.l@irea.cnr.it:

  1. full CV, demonstrating their personal study career and proving that they match the eligibility criteria already described above;
  2. motivation letter;
  3. certificate of Master of Science degree with final mark, if already obtained;
  4. certificate of transcript of records for the Master of Science career, with marks;
  5. any other official documentwhich can be useful for the purpose of declaring the conformity of the title (i.e., diploma supplement, declaration of value).
  6. if obtained, certificate attesting English level

All the certificates and official documents shall be issued by the relevant University in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish.

Candidates need to prove that they are eligible according with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions eligibility requirements (see page 19 of the guide for applicants).

Candidates will be assessed by a Committee specifically appointed by CNR-IREA and by Sapienza ICT PhD Board. They will be evaluated based on their resumes and on an interview, either in person or by telematic way. Good English level will be considered a preferential title.

 

Additional comments

CNR-IREA and Sapienza University guarantee equal gender opportunities for the provision of grants

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

- Basic knowledge of EM fields and antennas

- Experience with main programming languages (Matlab / C / C++)

Specific Requirements

- Experience with microwave laboratory instrumentations, such as the vector network analyzer

- Experience with EM modelling tools

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR-IREA)
Italy
Napoli
I-80124
via Diocleziano, 328

EURAXESS offer ID: 303119