PhD - Adaptive Wireless Powering of Miniature Implantable BioelectronicsPhD adaptive wireless powering miniature implantable bioelectronics IETR 2020

A major research mission of this PhD project is to demonstrate—by means of computational electromagnetics and coupled neuroscience models—that the non-invasive brain stimulation can be applied to improve cognitive functions in neurodegenerative diseases. This interdisciplinary project builds on synergies between the IETR laboratory of CNRS and the LTSI laboratory of INSERM.

 

 

 

Title of the offer (max. 2 lines):

Adaptive Wireless Powering of Miniature Implantable Bioelectronics

 

Position type:

PhD student

 

Short description of the position:

A major research mission of this PhD project is to demonstrate—by means of computational electromagnetics and coupled neuroscience models—that the non-invasive brain stimulation can be applied to improve cognitive functions in neurodegenerative diseases. This interdisciplinary project builds on synergies between the IETR laboratory of CNRS and the LTSI laboratory of INSERM.

 

Deadline for application (your offer will be deleted after this deadline):

2020 / 05 / 18

 

Location:

France / Rennes

 

Hosting company / institution:

IETR laboratory of CNRS (UMR 6164)

 

Start date:

Sep–Oct. 2020

 

End date (if applicable):

 

 

Website link for more details (if applicable):

https://deniq.com/2020/03/18/adaptive-wireless-powering-of-miniature-implantable-bioelectronics/

 

Contact person(s) (if applicable):

denys.nikolayev@univ-rennes1.fr

Adaptive Wireless Powering of Miniature Implantable Bioelectronics

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Summary

The emerging concept of autonomous body-implanted bioelectronics offers powerful capabilities for medicine, clinical research, and basic science. However, modern devices suffer from the compromise between the size of the battery and the duration of the experiment or functionality of the device. Moreover, the battery replacement requires going through surgery. Therefore, the efficient wireless powering became a grand challenge in implantable bioelectronics. The qualified candidate will work towards solving the scientific and technical questions in this field. This PhD project builds on the unique scientific and technical expertise of the IETR laboratory (CNRS) in the fields of complex antenna systems, metasurfaces, and bioelectromagnetics.

Background and Mission

Applications of implantable bioelectronics include biotelemetry, therapeutic actuation and neural interfacing. Wireless biotelemetry allows for continuous monitoring of a wide range of human or animal physiological parameters: vitals, blood tests, and so on. Precision medicine of future requires precision diagnostics, and miniature biotelemetric implants make it possible to yield more precise information than ever before about one’s health. Neural interfaces allow us to study the brain via mapping, assisting, augmenting, and repairing cognitive or sensory-motor functions. Therapeutic applications include, for instance, deep-brain stimulation that dramatically improves the quality of life for people with neurodegenerative diseases. The emerging electroceuticals aim individual nerve fibers or specific neural circuits that regulate the body’s organs and processes to treat a range of conditions. Many of required technological advancement is already in place thanks to advances in a variety of disciplines. However, the efficient and safe powering of miniature bioelectronics remains an open challenge.

The mission of this PhD project is to, first, study the fundamental problem of energy exchange between a power source and implantable bioelectronics in a complex biological environment and, second, to develop novel solutions for highly efficient and adaptive wireless powering along with ad hoc computational and experimental methodologies. To achieve these objectives, the successful candidate will have access to the unique interdisciplinary know-how of IETR in the field of complex radiating structures and bioelectromagnetics. Last generation of high-performance workstations with GPU accelerators and advanced numerical solvers will be used to handle computationally large multiscale and multi-physical problems. State-of-the-art manufacturing and measurement facilities will help with the experimental characterization of the prototypes.

Main Duties Include

Conduct a systematic review and develop original research ideas in the field of adaptive wireless powering of miniature implantable bioelectronics.

— Publish sections of the work in high-profile journals, attend and present key results at conferences. — Become an active member of the professional community, national and international. Required Skills

We seek highly engaged and motivated candidates with an M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree in electromagnetics, electrical engineering, electronics, computational science, applied mathematics or physics.

Strong background in antennas and microwave engineering.

Knowledge of numerical modeling and experience with commercial or open-source numerical solvers (e.g. COMSOL, CST, Ansys); programming skills (Python or MATLAB).

— Fluency in English: the candidate should be conversant and articulate in English and must have strong writing skills. Knowledge of French is not required but would be appreciated.

— Good communication skills are important.

Advantages

The qualified candidate will be part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team in a highly collaborative and stimulating environment. He/she will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, high-performance computing facilities and receive a competitive salary.

In addition:

— Possibility of subsidized housing (student residencies) and meals in university restaurants, — Partial reimbursement of public transport costs, — Approx. 7 weeks of annual leave + possibility of exceptional leave (moving home, etc.), — Social, cultural and sports events and activities, — Social security coverage.

Funding:

Duration: Location:

Full scholarship provided by the University of Rennes 1.

Possibility of funded international mobility (if eligible; require a separate application).

36 months, expected starting date is Oct. 2020.

Rennes, France. IETR laboratory of CNRS.

How to Apply

Please send your applications to Dr. Denys Nikolayev (denys.nikolayev@univ-rennes1.fr).

Each application should consist of (PDF format would be appreciated):

a CV [incl. the contact details of two professional references (mail, address, position)], a motivation letter, a copy of the student’s university transcripts

In the motivation letter, the applicant is encouraged to include the following details:

An explanation of interest in the research we conduct and why he/she believes he/she is suitable for the position, — Details of undergraduate and MSc projects, — Details of any relevant courses previously taken (if applicable), — Details of any relevant work experience (if applicable).

Title of the offer (max. 2 lines):

Adaptive Wireless Powering of Miniature Implantable Bioelectronics

 

Position type:

PhD student

 

Short description of the position:

A major research mission of this PhD project is to demonstrate—by means of computational electromagnetics and coupled neuroscience models—that the non-invasive brain stimulation can be applied to improve cognitive functions in neurodegenerative diseases. This interdisciplinary project builds on synergies between the IETR laboratory of CNRS and the LTSI laboratory of INSERM.

 

Deadline for application (your offer will be deleted after this deadline):

2020 / 05 / 18

 

Location:

France / Rennes

 

Hosting company / institution:

IETR laboratory of CNRS (UMR 6164)

 

Start date:

Sep–Oct. 2020

 

End date (if applicable):

< add here the end date for the offered position >

 

Website link for more details (if applicable):

https://deniq.com/2020/03/18/adaptive-wireless-powering-of-miniature-implantable-bioelectronics/

 

Contact person(s) (if applicable):

denys.nikolayev@univ-rennes1.fr

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