PhD scholarship in Cryogenic MRI Coil Array Development

The Electromagnetic Systems group at the Department of ElectricalEngineering seeks a qualified candidate for a PhD position in cryogenic MRIcoil array development at the Center of Excellence (CoE) in HyperpolarizedMagnetic Resonance ( The mission of the center is toenable new applications of Magnetic Resonance.

The objective of the PhD project is to improve signal to noise ratio inMagnetic Resonance (MR) systems by implementing low-noise multi-element coilarrays. In order to reduce the noise of the array, the coils and associatedfrontends (matching, tuning, balancing circuits and amplifiers) will be cooleddown to cryogenic temperatures.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main outcome of the project will be a cryogenic human head coilarray technology ready to be implemented in clinical environment. It is across-disciplinary project and a collaboration between Departments at DTU aswell as other national and international institutions.

The tasks and responsibilities include: 

    evaluate different coil array configurations andidentify most promising for the present applicationdevelop efficient coil decoupling strategiesminimizing noise correlation between array elementsdevelop specification and coordinate fabrication ofthe cryostatdesign and implement cryogenic head coil array for 13CMRIcoordinate efforts on mechanical and electrical safetytests and approval for clinical usedisseminate the project results to the public andexchange of knowledge with society.

The applicant may take part in research-based teaching.

It is essential that the candidate contributes to the development of agood work atmosphere and a thriving environment. 

Candidates should hold a two-year MSc (120 ECTS points) or a similar degreewith an academic level equivalent to a two-year MSc, preferably in electricalengineering.

It is an advantage to have experience in 

    High frequency circuit design, fabrication and testingUse of VNAs, spectrum analysers, noise figure metersand other measurement equipment in circuit testingHigh frequency circuit design softwareCryogenic technologyMR technology

The position also requires that: 

    You are driven by pushing boundariesYou are motivated by both individual and teamaccomplishmentsYou thrive on collaboration and teamwork

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academicapproval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degreeprogrammes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and thegeneral planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for theexcellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offera rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive foracademic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect andacademic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with theDanish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreedupon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about careerpaths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Prof. VitaliyZhurbenko, tel.: +45 4525 3820.

You can read more about the Department of Electrical Engineering and theElectromagnetic Systems group at 

Please submit your online application no later than 18 February2019 (local time). To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out theonline application form. The following must be attached in English: 

    A letter motivating the application (cover letter)Curriculum vitaeGrade transcripts and BSc/MSc diplomaExcel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their MSc but cannot beginbefore having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not beconsidered.

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

The Department of Electrical Engineering is the central departmentwithin electrical engineering. It is our goal to ensure research andengineering training at the highest international level. The department isorganized into 5 groups each covering important areas of electricalengineering.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leadingresearch, education, innovation and scientificadvice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology tocreate innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200students are being educated to address the technological challenges of thefuture. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally withbusiness, industry, government and public agencies.
Deadline: 18 February 2019
Unit: DTU Electrical Eng
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Monday February 18th, 2019