Electronics for Wearable Ultrasound Devices

Project description:


Sixty years after its first introduction into the professional medical domain, ultra-sound diagnostics is now ready to enter the consumer market space. Ultrasound body patches will allow for continuous monitoring of bodily functions, not only on the surface of the skin, but also deep inside the body. Applications include blood pressure measurement, bladder monitoring, blood vessel inspection and wound monitoring. Shifting continuous medical care from the hospital to the home environment will help in reducing the increase of the cost of healthcare.

In this project, a large European consortium will develop the necessary technological building blocks for ultrasound body patches. Our contribution will be in the development of the electronics for flexible, programmable transducer modules that will be embedded in these patches.

We are looking for a postdoc researcher who will work on this project for a period of 18 months, focusing on defining the electronics architecture of the transducer module and realizing the required programmable functionality in an FPGA and an ASIC. The postdoc will closely collaborate with a PhD student working on the circuit-level front-end ASIC design, and with the various partners in the project.


Candidates should have a strong background in mixed-signal and digital IC design. Prior tape-out experience, the results of which have been successfully published, is required. Experience with ultrasound, system integration, MEMs, medical applications, and/or multi-disciplinary research is a plus. Candidates should be self-motivated team players with good analytical, problem-solving and communication skills.


Michiel Pertijs