Open Research Professor position at KU Leuven

RESEARCH PROFESSOR POSITION: Electromagnetics and the Human Body

The Department of Electrical Engineering of the KU Leuven, Belgium, is seeking for an engineer with a background in electrical engineering and excellent capabilities of fund raising and people-management, to apply for a Research Professorship at KU Leuven. Applicants need to have an engineering-based PhD degree and at least three years of postdoctoral experience by 1 October 2018. For more info contact Prof. G. Vandenbosch ( Applicants have to send a motivation letter and a full CV to Prof. Vandenbosch and to Prof. Bart Nauwelaers ( by August 1st 2017.

A KU Leuven Research Professorship is a tenure-track or a permanent faculty position with a limited teaching assignment during the first five years, which gradually increases to a full teaching assignment. This message is a call for an Expression of Interest to apply and to go through the university-wide competition led by the Research Council of KU Leuven. The staff members of TELEMIC and the Board of the Department of Electrical Engineering will screen the EoIs, organise interviews, and select the candidates. The final decision whether the position will actually be filled depends on the ranking of candidates across all the faculties of the university. This decision will be taken in February 2018. The starting date of the position is 1 October 2018.

In the last 10 years the research field involving the interaction of electromagnetic waves and the human body has drawn a lot of attention. This interaction involves a multitude of aspects. It is expected that the technological breakthroughs in this field in the future may result in dedicated new applications in biology, biomedicine, and body area networks intended for communications (i.e. the human internet). The candidate needs to build a research strategy, focusing on well-selected research lines in this very general field. For example, in many cases, a detailed description of the interaction of the electromagnetic waves and cells, body tissues, and the whole body is still missing. Further, with the “discovery” of new electromagnetic wave spectra, human kind has always developed both new medical diagnostic imaging systems and therapeutic treatments. In this case, biological and medical applications could for example be based on the specific spectroscopic fingerprints of biological matter in this spectral region. A last example is the development of communication systems physically located on and even in the human body. It is clear that there are still many scientific challenges in the interaction between electromagnetic waves and living matter:

1) the theoretical modeling of this interaction (it is expected that sometimes even quantum physical aspects have to be taken into account),

2) a proper characterization of the types of (bio-)matter involved,

3) measurement of this interaction, including propagation issues,

4) the development of dedicated measurement principles and set-ups,

5) the description of communication channels and protocols on and in the body.

As a consequence, there is a growing need for advanced dedicated models, computational tools, design methodologies, and characterization and measurement techniques to cope with the growing demand for applications centered around the human body.


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