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PhD student on remote sleep monitoring

Job Description

Starting Date: ASAP

In this role, you have the opportunity to

Investigate how remote thermography (rTG) can be used for sleep monitoring. Nasal airflow is a standard measurement in polysomnography and is typically done with oro-nasal thermistors which are cumbersome to wear. To address this problem, the usefulness of rTG sleep monitoring has already been demonstrated but measurement continuity is often compromised due to obfuscation of the nasal area by blankets, masks, or simply because the patient turns her face away. Current thermal cameras are rather expensive so multiple camera solutions is not preferred. Also, thermal cameras often have relatively large viewing angles to increase the chance that the face is in view. As a result, the small nasal area is imaged poorly and the measurement is qualitative rather than quantitative. To address these drawbacks, you will develop a narrow field rTG device that could be placed at several location/viewing angles guaranteeing continuous nostril visibility and hereby solving the main limitation preventing the use of rTG in continuous remote vital signs monitoring. You will use and extend your knowledge of computer vision, machine learning, and signal processing for physiological monitoring.

You are responsible for

• Investigating and developing new technologies for contactless sleep monitoring, and sleep apnea in particular.

• Evaluating the results with real clinical scenarios, and benchmarking the results.

• Documenting and publishing the complete work and present it in clear presentations and reports to colleagues and management.

You are a part of

The Electronic Systems group of the Eindhoven University of Technology and work in the UMOSA project team. This team is designed to combine extensive knowledge in the key fields. The project team includes partners from Philips Research (Remote Sensing department) and the Kempenhaeghe sleep hospital. As part of this project, the Ph.D. candidate will work closely with these partners to ensure that the developed techniques are suitable for use in clinical practice.

To succeed in this role, you should have the following skills and experience

• A Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines with excellent grades.

• Excellent knowledge of signal processing and systems.

• Solid programming skills (e.g., in Matlab and C, C++, or Labview, knowledge of ROS is a plus).

• A team player that enjoys working in multicultural teams.

• Good communication and organization skills.

• Excellent English language skills (writing and presenting).

In return, we offer you

This position gives you the unique possibility to learn about the many aspects of solving a real clinical problem. You have the opportunity to design and implement a complete solution and demonstrate its value on a real practical problem.

Recruitment Process

When you are interested to join the Ph.D. student on Remote Sleep monitoring position, please send your CV and the cover letter directly to Mark Gastel , Willem Verkruijsse, , and Stuijk, S. ( The applications will be received only via email and not via the link.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on improving 3 billion lives a year by delivering innovative solutions across the health continuum.

The vacancy is part of the UMOSA project, a collaboration between Philips Research, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e,) and the Center for Sleep Medicine Kempenhaeghe. All researchers within UMOSA are on the payroll of TU/e. See also:

• For more information about the project and any informal inquiries, please contact S. Stuijk (

• For more information on working at the TU/e and employment conditions, see or contact Mrs. Linda van den Boom Hulsen HR advisor (

• More information on employment conditions can be found here:

Students from outside the EU need to fill in a NUFFIC agreement, which needs to be signed by the student and the university.

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