Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

1 ESR/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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    Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR-IREA)
    EngineeringBiomedical engineering
    EngineeringCommunication engineering
    EngineeringComputer engineering
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    25/10/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Italy › Napoli
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The main research topic of the offered Early Stage Researcher (ESR) 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 selected candidate will carry out her/his activities mainly at CNR-IREA in Naples, Italy.

After the appointment of the position, the candidate will join the PhD program at Sapienza University in Rome as a PhD student, following a formal approval by a commission nominated by the Sapienza University. 

Several secondments are planned during the contract: 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 ESR/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.


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).

The candidates are bound to have 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, in order to be eligible for PhD at Sapienza University of Rome.




Selection process

The application as PDF files has to be sent by e-mail to the Director of Institute IREA-CNR, direttore@irea.cnr.it, using annexes A, B and C of the call IREA-006-2018-NA-Prot 0062320, available at CNR call public repository.


The call and the annex can be downloaded here.


The following documents in Pdf format must be attached to the application: (all the documents that have to be submitted must be written in Italian or English)


  1. Application form (Annex A);
  2. Curriculum vitae with list of publications (dated and signed on each page) under declaration ex art. 46 and 47 Italian Law DPR 445/2000, using annex B1 for candidates from EU countries or annex B2 for candidates from extra EU countries;
  3. Letter of motivation in which the candidate expresses his/her interest in the research activity to be carried out and the reasons why he/she considers to be suitable for the position;
  4. Up to 3 (three) reference letters by scholars, researchers or professors;
  5. Annex C for personal data protection;
  6. Degree certificate, final mark and marks of all examinations and the duration of the degree courses;
  7. A valid identity document;
  8. Other documents relevant for the vacancy (i.e. technical reports, monographs, chapters of book, patents).


The submitted applications will be evaluated by IREA-CNR. A list of applications accepted with reserve will be set up. These candidates will be invited for an interview to be held on November 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. (local time), at IREA CNR premises, Via Diocleziano 328, 80124 Napoli (Italy).


It is possible to do the interview by videoconference, upon candidate request in written form sent with the application form (Annex A). The candidate must provide with all the necessary information to make the connection. During the interview, the candidate will have to show same identity document presented along with the application.

Additional comments

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

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Required Research Experiences

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Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Good


- 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)
via Diocleziano, 328

EURAXESS offer ID: 303119


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