One or more PhD Stipends in Biomedical Engineering (21-19012)

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Science and Technology one or more PhD stipends are available within the general research programme “Biomedical Science and Engineering”. The stipends are open for appointment from 1 April 2019 or soon hereafter.

Job description

The Department of Health Science and Technology carries out multidisciplinary research and teaching in the area of health science and technology. The department has more than 250 employees and is responsible for more than 1700 students. More than 100 PhD students are enrolled in the doctoral school affiliated to the department. The department has laboratory facilities for Multichannel EEG and EMG analysis, electrical stimulation, prosthetics and assistive robotics, ECG-analysis, ultrasound, 3-d movement analysis, respiratory and circulatory examinations, sensory and motor functions analysis, clean room facilities, cell growth, molecular biology etc. For more see:

In 2000, AAU established a new five-year master program within Biomedical engineering, in 2006 within Medicine with industrial specialization, in 2007 within Sports Science, in 2010 within Medicine and latest in 2019 within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. All educations at AAU are based on problem-based teaching.

As The Faculty of Medicine wishes PhD positions to enable careers both within and outside the university, the vacant positions are created in such a way that the competences achieved in the position will qualify for both a research career and a career in the commercial and/or public sector. At least a year before the position expires, you will be offered an interview to clarify your future career.

Electrodes placed on the surface of the skin are used for both delivering electrical stimulation and recording electrophysiological signals. When using electrical stimulation with functional purposes (FES, functional electrical stimulation) the goal is to restore motion in patients suffering from paralysis. The coordinated activation of several muscles is obtained by delivering electrical pulses through stimulation electrodes in order to depolarize motor nerves and thereby elicit muscle contractions. The electrical activity of muscles can be recorded by multichannel electromyography (EMG). The recorded EMG can be used for example to estimate the motion intention of a person and translate it into commands for an assistive device. Proper positioning of the electrodes above the target muscles is critical for both stimulation and recording. Electrode positioning can be simplified by using a matrix composed of many conductive pads that can be flexibly configured (electrically connected/disconnected) into larger electrodes of different shapes and sizes. The aim of this PhD will be to develop and test methods for automatic configuration of newly developed, smart matrix electrodes to enable optimal recording of EMG for human-machine interfacing and application of FES for movement restoration.

Qualification requirements
The following qualifications will be required:

  • You hold a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering or you will obtain such a degree before the beginning of the project
  • You have experience in programming
  • You have experience with signal acquisition, signal processing, and interpretation of electrophysiological signals
  • You have a high proficiency in oral and written English
  • You are a highly motivated individual who is able to work independently or in small groups

A research background in electrical stimulation, EMG recording and analysis, and machine learning is an advantage. There is no teaching obligation associated with this project, but it may be possible to teach if the candidate wish to do so.

A project description of max 2 pages excl. references MUST be attached to the application. The description should outline a relevant research project within this field.

You may obtain further information from Associate Professors Strahinja Dosen or Erika G. Spaich, phone +45 9940 3749 or +45 9940 7462, email:, or concerning the scientific aspects of the stipends.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine will make a decision for allocating the stipends.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Bettina Wedde, The Faculty of Medicine, email:, phone: +45 9940 9909.

For more information of the The Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015, on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current Circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

Deadline: 27 February 2019
Unit: Department of Health Science and Technology
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Wednesday February 27th, 2019