PhD scholarship in Advanced Coil Development for Ultra High Field MRI

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most versatile medical imaging platform that exists today, but interaction between the RF signals and the human body obstructs the full potential of state-of-the-art MR imaging, especially when moving towards higher magnetic field strength. The increased interactions cause images to show severe shading and poor quality over large areas unless fully compensated.

The proposed research project will investigate how to resolve and control these RF field interactions in order to unleash the full potential of ultra-high field MRI. This include innovative RF coil design which are capable of shaping the static magnetic field (B0 shimming) as well as the transmit field (B1 shimming). This novel B0 and B1 shim enabled MRI transceive array coil will be used for greatly improved structural, functional and metabolic imaging at 7 tesla MRI. To achieve this we have teamed up in an exciting collaboration between Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance (DRCMR) and Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e). The PhD project is part of the EuroTech Universities Alliance stipend from DTU, which promotes knowledge transfer between the institutions.

Center for Magnetic Resonance ( conducts research in MRI and NMR. Our research is conducted in collaboration with universities, hospitals and healthcare companies both nationally and internationally. Our main educational responsibility is within the BSc and MSc program in BioMedical Engineering in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance is one of the leading research centers for biomedical MRI in Europe ( We are an interdisciplinary research centre and our mission is to triangulate MR physics, basic physiology, and clinical research. Approximately 70 researchers from a diverse range of disciplines work together to pursue basic and clinically applied MR research with a focus on structural, functional, and metabolic MRI of the human brain and its disorders. DRCMR houses the first and only human ultra-high field MR system in Denmark, which will be used in this project.

Department of Electrical Engineering, Center for Care & Cure Technology Eindhoven promotes health-related R&D and education at various levels: through complementary, multi-disciplinary health-related projects within Electrical Engineering, working in synergy with part-ners and participating in TU/e flagship programs. The Center for Care & Cure Technology Eindhoven focuses on multi-disciplinary research and innovation in the field of healthcare. The technological strengths of the TU/e Department of Electrical Engineering play a crucial role in this work.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will be responsible for the development of a novel B0 and B1 shim enabled MRI trans-ceive array coil for head and spine imaging including the algorithms to optimize B0 and B1 shimming while ensuring safe SAR limits. You will receive training in the involved techniques. You will be part of the coil team at CMR working on novel coil designs as well as the Ultra High Field MR team at DRCMR working on advanced imaging methodology. In addition, there will be co-supervision from the TU/e team in the Netherlands throughout the project and an extended stay of approximately 6 month at TU/e is therefore a natural part of this PhD project.

You should be an outgoing person with enthusiasm, good spirit and be collaborative. Independence and drive are important qualifications.

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 preferred candidate has a degree within biomedical engineering, biology, pharmacy or similar.

Approval and Enrolment
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 Associate Professor Esben Thade Petersen.

We offer
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.

Salary and appointment terms
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. Expected start date July 1, 2020.

Workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Esben Thade Petersen, tel.: +45 6057 7205.

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Please submit your online application no later than 15 May 2020 (23:59 local time). A
pplications 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. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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