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Please apply under the reference “INFANS HW ESR” with a letter of motivation (1 page max. in pdf-format) and a curriculum vitae until March 31, 2019. Applications and questions should be addressed to Rosita van Lunteren (Email: rosita@artinis.com, Phone: +31 481 350 980).

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Artinis Medical Systems is an innovative, dynamic and globally operating company in the Netherlands. Artinis is the worldwide market leader in near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Our world leading (wearable) fNIRS-devices are used by the top companies and universities in this world. Fields of use are e.g. cognitive and clinical neuroscience, medical research, brain computer interfaces and sport applications.

Our goal is to make the world a little bit better. We believe we are doing this by development of innovative devices for neuroimaging, physiological performance and quality control. You can be a part of it! To continue our growth as a company, we are looking for a:

Early Stage Researcher (ESR)

As an ESR your task will entail development of novel neonatal fNIRS monitoring equipment, which focuses on fNIRS sensor design optimization. You will also have the chance to work with the latest tech in portable optical imaging and to be apply it in the clinic. Together with Artinis colleagues and collaborators you will work on an NIRS solution for neonatal monitoring. In this position you will be free to explore novel optics on chips, flexible electronics and adaptive optical sensitivity to come to the optimal solution for real-time neonatal fNIRS monitoring.

The prerequisite is a Master’s degree in a relevant academic area such as electrical or embedded engineering or physics with a strong focus on optics. Good programming skills in C are required. The working language is English. Your merits will be assessed in a personal interview, which invitation will depend on the basis of the quality of Master’s level studies and thesis, experience with electrical design and engineering, motivation and research interests.

You will be part of the INFANS consortium, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN funded by the European Commission Horizon2020 programme, focusing on the training. The INFANS ITN consists of academic and corporate partners from Germany, Italy, Finland, Belgium and Iceland, which contribute to the scientific training of the ESRs, promoting their creativity, teamwork capacity, and strive for excellence.

Requirements

  • You hold a Master’s degree with good grades and a background in electrical or embedded engineering or related, with good skills in clinical design, or similar with strong affinity with electronical engineering

  • You have excellent skills in written and spoken English

  • You have shown good analytical and problem-solving skills

  • You are able to think of and design efficient algorithms from scratch

  • You are an independent worker and a team-worker

  • You enjoy integrating in a nice team with a great atmosphere

  • You thrive well in a company with a flat hierarchy system

  • You deliver on time

  • You know when to be determined and ambitious and when to be flexible and pragmatic

  • You must comply with the eligibility criteria and transnational mobility rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, such as:

    • At the time of recruitment, you shall be in the first four years of your research careers (full-time equivalent) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

    • Trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) is an essential requirement of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. Researchers can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

    • You must be available to be seconded for prior-planned short periods of time to other network partners to carry out part of your work (from several weeks up to three months).

About the project

INFANS will train 15 ESRs with background from basic to clinical sciences in multiple aspects of neonatal brain monitoring. The need for a coordinated research training program in neonatal brain monitoring arises from i) the severe shortage of clinically viable means to high quality monitor the brain function in infancy, crucial to prevent later life neurological, cognitive and motor impairment and ii) the lack of well-educated PhDs in this field. Through their individual research projects, encompassing technological innovation, industrial development, clinical validation, identification of neonatal healthcare needs, the INFANS ESRs will develop a novel platform for high quality, clinically-viable EEG-NIRS monitoring accessible worldwide. Excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenge are merged in INFANS: 6 academic and 4 nonacademic partner from 6 EU countries, among which leading universities, industries, clinical institutions, share complementary expertise and facilities to provide international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral research training and mobility that will complement local doctoral training. Well-targeted visits and secondments, soft skills and dynamic training activities, an Open Science strategy, extensive involvement of ESRs in the network events organization, extensive contacts with other research, training and industrial European networks, dissemination activities and the award of Double doctoral degrees are further assets of INFANS. The ESRs will learn to transform a scientific/technological challenge into a product of socio-economic relevance, as the INFANS functional neuro-monitoring system will reduce the number of children with neurological, cognitive or motor dysfunctions associated with brain injuries at birth. The INFANS ESRs will become independent researchers with career prospects in both the academic and non-academic sectors, and will advance the EU capacity for innovation in biomedical engineering.

Conditions of employment

The salary, based on the Marie Curie Program regulations, is competitive and consists of a living and mobility allowance and a possible family allowance. In addition, you might be eligible to the 30%-tax-ruling in the Netherlands (entailing that 30% of your salary might be tax-free).

Employer

Artinis Medical Systems is an innovative Dutch company active in the field of medical research and quality assurance, and developments in the field of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) devices. In this project, Artinis Medical Systems will provide unique expertise in the application of (functional) NIRS to image brain activation. Their fNIRS devices can be used to monitor oxygen supply and consumption non-invasively in living tissue (both brain and muscle). Artinis Medical Systems is the only European company that has succeeded in producing high quality and versatile fNIRS devices with the potential to revolutionize peripheral brain imaging. These devices complement fMRI studies but free the researcher from the confines of a scanner, allowing imaging studies in restricted environments, such as neonatal care units. You will be supervised by one of the CEO’s of the company, Dr. Willy Colier and dr. Stefan Dekker. The project will be in close collaboration with Dr. Jeroen Dudink from University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.