Post Doc in “Non-diffractive, self-healing ultrasound Bessel Beams stimulation” - [ Postdoc ]

Workplace: Roma, IIT@SAPIENZA
Added on: 08/07/2019 - Expires on: 23/07/2019

A postdoctoral position in “Non-diffractive, self-healing ultrasound Bessel Beams stimulation” will be available in the Center for Life Nanoscience  at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (CLNS@SAPIENZA, Rome, Italy).

We seek to appoint one biomedical or electronic engineer with PhD in Biomedical Physics or equivalent and with an excellent, well established record in electronics and computational modeling of biological complex systems, as well as with technical and engineering expertise, for simulating the effect of ultrasound applicators on the head.

The project aims to:

Implement dosimetry models to analyze the effects of ultrasound applicators on head tissues and its spatial resolution and penetration capability,that are crucial for classical brain stimulation applications.

Design and optimize ultrasound applicators by taking advantage from dosimetry, to evaluate their effect on head tissues related to geometrical features, frequency and position. The applicator will be tested on phantom with known acoustic characteristics.

Develop a computational model in a multi-physics environment and a simulation software (as Sim4Life, ZMT, Zurich Med-Tech AG or COMSOL Multiphysics) for testing acoustic properties of tissues (as the Virtual Population members or other freeware virtual human body models) and thus simulating the effects of the ultrasound applicator on heads with different physical features (female- male; adults-children; fat- thin);

Develop computational models for accurate in silico testing of the effect of ultrasound stimulators with the ultimate aim of predicting the in vivo effects of localization and penetration features.

The position requires a PhD in Biomedical Physics or closely related area and excellent and specific experience in:

  • mechanical, electrical and opto-electronical devices for laboratory experiments; data processing and statistical analysis; basics of biological cells manipulation;
  • agile and object-oriented software development in C, C++ and Python and experience with Linux OS and related programming environments.
  • computational modeling of biological complex systems

We value candidates with a proactive attitude and results-oriented mindset, good interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary research team.

An internationally competitive salary, dependent on experience, will be offered.

Interested applicants should submit their CV, list of publications, a statement of research interests, and name and contacts of two referees to Prof. Salvatore Maria Aglioti and

Please quote “Non-diffractive, self-healing ultrasound Bessel Beams stimulation” - BC  77241” in the email subject as your application reference.

Please apply before: July 23, 2019

Please note that this position is pending budget approval

IIT was established in 2003 and successfully created a large-scale infrastructure in Genova and a network of 10 state-of-the-art laboratories countrywide with an international staff of about 1100 people from more than 50 countries. IIT's research endeavour focuses on high-tech and innovation, representing the forefront of technology with possible application from medicine to industry, computer science, robotics, life sciences and nano-biotechnologies.

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