PhD Scholarship in Microfabricated Ultrasound Transducers for Laparoscopy

Technical University of Denmark is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position. This position is available for 3 years. Applicants should apply before May 27, 2019.

A multidisciplinary research project in the field of microfabricated transducers for ultrasound imaging is being established in collaboration at the Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark.

Recent years has seen the development of integrated ultrasound transducers based on silicon technology. Using silicon micromachining allows for fabrication of capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs). Such CMUT transducers use fairly standard integrated circuit fabrication technology to make very small ultrasound transducers, which are grouped to form larger elements. Each of these devices have a thin plate that can be actuated by electrostatic forces thus generating an ultrasound pulse. The technology is still in its early stages and can be further advanced, but the potential capabilities are large. It is here possible to fabricate any number of elements in any kind of configuration. In this project, there will be special emphasis on new microfabrication techniques suitable for CMUTs designed for laparoscopy. The purpose of this project is to fabricate CMUT probes that are suitable for ultrasound imaging using the DTU NanoLab clean room facility. The developed CMUTs are integrated in a probe designed for laparoscopy. DTU NanoLab has a state of the art cleanroom suited for fabrication of micromachined structures. The project is in collaboration with the company BK Medical.

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Erik V Thomsen. DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. You can read more about career paths at DTU here Additional information may be obtained from Professor Erik V Thomsen, phone (+45) 4525 5766, e-mail:

You can read more about DTU Health Tech on Please submit your online application no later than 27 May 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender,race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: May 27, 2019
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