PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering
University of Bern Center for Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entrepreneurship

PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering

You are excited about how ultrasonic transducers can improve dental prophylaxis? In a joint project of the Institute for Human Centered Engineering (Bern University of Applied Sciences), the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine (University of Bern) and the Industrial partner E.M.S. Electro Medical Systems S.A., we investigate a new approach for high-effective piezoelectric miniscalers. We are offering a fully funded PhD position for at least three years, starting Fall 2019.


Your Tasks
The candidate will conduct analytical and experimental research for the control of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers that includes but not limits to:
• Derive a computationally efficient model for parametric analysis
• Explore sophisticated feedback control approaches and model-based optimization algorithms
• Setup an experimental test bench including a dedicated control system, power amplifier and laser doppler vibrometers
• Develop and characterize ultrasonic transducer prototypes
• Perform extensive in vitro tests on biofilm models
Your Profile
The outstanding candidate has:
• A master's degree in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering or microtechnology with specialisation in mechatronic systems
• A solid background in feedback control and electronic engineering
• Knowledge in the modelling and simulation of electromechanical systems and in programming (MATLAB/Simulink or Phyton)
• Practical experiences with piezoelectric transducers
• Strong writing and communication skills in English, while French or German is a plus
• Enthusiasm to conduct applied research
We offer
• To do research at the forefront of control and biomedical engineering on cutting-edge technologies that benefit human health
• An interdisciplinary and dynamic team of engineers, scientists and physicians
• The opportunity to present results at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals
• The possibility to advise undergraduate / graduate students in her/his domain of expertise and to be involved in teaching of engineering courses
• A well-defined academic track, which is managed by the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Bern (
• A salary according to the terms of the Swiss National Science Foundation (
We are looking forward to receiving your application including cover letter, CV and certificates via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Thomas Niederhauser (Bern University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Human Centered Engineering HuCE, Quellgasse 21, CH-2501 Biel/Bienne;

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