PhD student

Last application date
Oct 31, 2022 00:00
TW06 - Department of Electronics and Information Systems
Limited duration
MSc in physics engineering or photonics engineering or electrical engineering or biomedical engineering
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Project background - Soft and Flexible Technology for Responsive Epileptic Seizure Treatment
The PhD position is embedded in a large project named SOFTRESET (Soft and Flexible Technology for Responsive Epileptic Seizure Treatment), funded by Ghent University with 1.6M Euros. This project aims to develop technology for therapy of focal epilepsy based on the therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation using innovative soft probes for both the recording of the epileptic brain region and its optical stimulation.
You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of 5 PhD students with interconnecting projects, under the guidance of top researchers from several teams at Ghent University at the faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, and Sciences.

Your PhD Topic – Development of implantable soft neural probes for optical neurostimulation
You will be in charge of the development of an advanced soft optical probe consisting of waveguides that can guide red and blue light into the brain for optical stimulation. In addition, you will work on the development of a suitable implantation method which is not causing damage to both the probe and the brain itself. The whole system can be realized using micro- and nanotechnologies available in the state-of-the art cleanroom at Ghent University. One of the aims of the research will be to find the most optimal compromise between probe softness, light transmission efficiency, coating possibility and implantability in the brain. You will therefore be in continuous interaction with other PhD students working on the project.

A summary of topics characterizing this PhD research:

  • Realization of flexible optical waveguides
  • Integration of the waveguides together with light sources on the probe
  • Develop a method to implant the probe
  • Testing in context of optical neurostimulation (optogenetics, optopharmacology)
  • Multidisciplinary research
  • Material science
  • Design, in-house fabrication and testing
  • Micro- and nanotechnology in a cleanroom environment
  • Implantation experiments under guidance of a post-doc

Job profile

  • You are a motivated person, with a strong curiosity and a genuine wish to learn more and develop your skills and knowledge further
  • You like to work in (interdisciplinary) research projects and you can discuss and communicate your work with people of different backgrounds.
  • You are interested in practical work, especially linked with biomedical photonics and cleanroom micro/nano fabrication technologies
  • You have good organizational, writing and communication skills (in English).
  • You take responsibility for the managing and execution of your PhD research in a well-structured, thorough way, both by solving problems independently and by working in a team.

How to apply

Send your CV, motivation letter, diploma and overview of your study results by e-mail to:

Prof. dr. ir. Jeroen Missinne (Jeroen.Missinne [at]

Center for microsystem technology (CMST),
Technologiepark Zwijnaarde 126, 9052 Gent, Belgium