Openings at ME

Post-Doc Position: Analog Integrated Circuit Design for Ultrasonically Powered Neural Stimulators

Opening for: Postdoc

Status details

Announced:21 Apr 2020
Closing date:20 Jun 2020
Duration:3 years

Your Role:

You will coordinate research activities to design, implement and characterize analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits  that  are  powered  by  ultrasound  and  are  able  to  efficiently  electrically  stimulate  neural  tissue.  Power efficiency and safety in this scenario are very important and will present unique challenges at both system and circuit level. Addressing these will require coming up with innovative architectures and circuit techniques, which are  expected to  result  in  publications  and  patent  applications. 

Throughout  this  project,  communication  and  co-ordination with a number of partners from industry, research institutes and academia, is expected, hence strong communication, collaborative and project management skills are essential.

Last but not least, you will be part of the  young  and  motivated  Bioelectronics  research  team  at  TU  Delft.  You  will  collaborate  and  supervise  PhD candidates  working  on  several  aspects  of  active  neural  implants,  allowing  you  to  expand  the  scope  of  your research project.

Education and Experience:

You  have  a  PhD  degree  in  Electronics  Engineering  for  Biomedical  Applications,  especially  in  the  field  of biomedical circuits and systems with a main focus on analog and digital electronics. You have a strong research mindset  with  at  least  1  high-profile  publication  on  IC  Design.  You  have  an  excellent  academic  track  record, reflected by peer-reviewed journal publications, conference contributions, and international research experience. You  have  strong  knowledge  about  analog  design  concepts  in  general  (amplifiers,  filters,  ADCs,  power management  circuits),  and  strong  knowledge  about  ultra-low-power  and  ultra-low-noise  analog  circuit  design. More specific knowledge on wireless power transfer, impedance matching, maximum power point tracking, and/or neural stimulation circuits will be considered a plus. You have good knowledge of Cadence Virtuoso, of layout tools and design verification (DRC, LVS, ERC, ...), and of measuring and validating high-performance, low-noise and low-power analog ICs. You have excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative team setting. You show a problem-solving attitude and a strong desire to stay up-to-date with recent advancements. You are able to work independently and are eager to take initiative and responsibility as required by this and other projects. You are structured, collaborative and team-oriented and interested in assisting with the guidance of a small group of researchers. An affinity for working at the interface with other disciplines (biomedical engineering, neuroscience, electrophysiology, biomedical signal processing, etc.) and with clinicians and medical researchers is preferred. Very good English communication skills are required.

The opportunity:

We  are  offering  a  full-time  Post-Doc  position for  three  years  in  a  highly  ranked  engineering  school,  and  a multidisciplinary  project  in  the  rapidly  growing  implantable  devices  field.  Interaction  in  a  young  and  motivated research  team,  collaboration  with  companies  from  all  over  Europe,  travels  across Europe  to  interact  with  the project partners, are to be expected. You will be based in Delft, a vibrant university town a few minutes by train from Rotterdam and Den Haag.

The position is available from June 2020 (a little later is also possible, if needed).

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the following documents to Dr. Vasiliki Giagka, email: and put Prof. Wouter Serdijn in cc, email:, before the 25th of May.

- a letter of application emphasizing your specific interest in and qualifications for this position,

- a detailed CV, with a publication list,

- contact details of at least two references.


dr. Vasiliki Giagka

Assistant Professor

Bioelectronics Group

Department of Microelectronics