PhD scholarship in Electrical engineering, Computer science, Interaction design

    PhD scholarship in Electrical engineering, Computer science, Interaction design

    Electrical engineering, computer science, Interaction design – PhD scholarship in Digital Twin in Healthcare: Patient System Modelling for Rehabilitation by Exoskeleton, in the Department of Technology, Management and Economics at DTU-Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 03, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)One
    Research Area– Electrical engineering
    – Computer science
    – Interaction design
    – Engineering design
    – Game design
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Technology, Management and Economics
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years


    You should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. A relevant background could be a master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, interaction design, engineering design, game design or a degree in other areas with additional qualifications relevant for the responsibilities and tasks.


    You will become part of a research team working intensively with design and development of parts of a robotic device for neurorehabilitation for stroke patients. 

    The focus for the PhD study will be to integrate all available knowledge from the user (including physiological state, behaviour, intent) and from the prosthesis (including multi-modal data from various mechatronic sensors and higher-level computational data), a system-embedded digital twin is to be designed, replicating its human counterpart as precisely as possible. This will involve mechanical modelling but also representation of the user’s muscular status, the user’s vision (from gaze tracking), and the estimation of user intent and task engagement. In particular, you will be designing multimodal interactions for the patient, who will use arm and hand movement, plus gaze and head to control the robot.

    The model to be developed will first be operable off-line and should target a real-time embedded application to support all of the exoskeleton’s use cases. Use case scenarios have been defined by our medical partners on the EU H2020 ReHyb project.

    Are you interested in advanced health technology, then perhaps you are our new PhD student:

    • You will be responsible for design and development of a digital twin model of a stroke patient, together with its supporting exoskeleton.
    • You will work with active exoskeletons that allow for flexible training and mobility of the patient.
    • You will contribute to advanced research conducted here on design methodologies within the fields of engineering design and AR/VR and multimodal interaction.
    • You strive to advance system design, with system architecting, system modelling, digital twins, or hybrid, embedded and real-time systems, especially within the application context of healthcare.
    • You are proficient with system architecting and modelling methods and tools such as Unity, Simulink, OpenModelica, SysML, or OPM/OPL.
    • You have an interest in human behaviour and in the design of architectural change-enabling principles such as modularity, extensibility or evolvability.
    • You have the ability to work focused and to achieve ambitious goals.
    • You will be collaborating closely with leading European research partners and high-tech companies.
    • You are capable of working within a wider research project and can be a strong driver for the required deliveries of modular and tightly connected project tasks.
    • You are engaged and aim to excel in research dissemination.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file

    Documents Required

    • A letter motivating the application, including your research activities and ideas for the research project (cover letter, max 3-pages)
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Grade transcripts and copies of your original BSc/MSc diploma, certificates, and lists of subjects with your results as well as their preferably official translation into English.
    • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
    • Two reference contacts who may be contacted by the assessment committee

    About DTU Management

    DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology, and economics. We develop solutions in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. Our research aims at strengthening welfare, productivity, and sustainability within the society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department’s research is divided in four divisions: Innovation, Management Science, Sustainability and Transport. Furthermore, the department hosts a UN Collaborating Centre. The UN DTU Partnership conducts research, policy analysis and advising on a global scale. The department offers a wide range of courses and programs at BSc, MSc, and PhD level across DTU’s study programs. DTU Management employs about 320 people. We offer an international environment with around 50 different nationalities represented at the department.


    • The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. 
    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU–Moving to Denmark


    Professor John Paulin Hansen
    Phone: +45 4046 9626

    Professor Anja Maier
    Phone: +45 4525 6045. 

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    PhD scholarship in Digital Twin in Healthcare: Patient System Modelling for Rehabilitation by Exoskeleton

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday May 4th, 2021 (GMT+9)