[Dec 10] Tilburg University PhD Position - prevention if needle induced fainting - AI, Games, VR_AR etc
Posted: 13 November 2018 05:23 PM
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Nice PhD positiuon that combines AI, Games, VR-AR etc.

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The Tilburg Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence department invites applications for a PhD position (1,0 fte) on the FAINT project, a multidisciplinary project which encompasses the following areas:

Artificial Intelligence, Computer science
Cognitive or Computational Neuroscience
Serious games, e-health

The FAINT project.

The Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence group at Tilburg University is looking for an enthusiastic colleague for a PhD position on the project “FAINT: FAcial INfrared Thermal Imaging in the prevention of needle-induced fainting”.

Many people faint when they see needles or blood, a serious adverse reaction, after which many people develop a fear of needles. This is a worldwide problem with a huge negative impact on public and personal health. The FAINT project aims to develop innovative products or e-health interventions to support patients or blood donors in dealing with adverse reactions in a fun and easy way. The project relies on non-invasive innovative technologies, such as Infrared Thermal facial Imaging, biofeedback, games and augmented/virtual reality and may culminate in the development of smartphone-based applications able to measure unconscious physiological symptoms to help patients or donors to gain control over their fainting reaction. The PhD candidate will perform experiments in the laboratory and ‘in the field’, with blood donors, in order to develop both theoretical and data driven models, using image processing and advanced data modeling. The project is partly funded by Sanquin, the national blood bank in the Netherlands, and Sanquin will also support the project team by providing a data analyst/manager. The candidate will therefore also be strongly embedded in the Sanquin organization, at the department of Donor Studies.


The successful PhD candidate holds a (research) master in one of the above-mentioned relevant areas (artificial intelligence, computer science, neuroscience, gaming/virtual reality) and preferably has relevant expertise or an initial track-record in image processing, signal processing, machine learning or other advanced data modeling techniques. More importantly, as these fields are quickly developing, the candidate is able and willing to learn and keep up to date with new developments or research methods.

Furthermore, the candidate has excellent English and professional communication skills and is interested in developing new products in collaboration with external societal partners, combining an academic and entrepreneurial mindset. The candidate enjoys working in a highly multidisciplinary project and environment, and as (s)he is expected to play a role in developing project ideas over time we are looking for a candidate who is independent, creative, open-minded, able to translate ideas to practice.

About Sanquin

“Together with the donor, for a better life for the patient”, is the motto of Sanquin, the national blood bank. As a not-for-profit organization, Sanquin takes care of the blood supply in the Netherlands: from blood donation from donors, to testing, processing and distributing the blood products to hospitals. Sanquin does high level research and develops blood related products. This project is a collaboration between the Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence department at Tilburg University and the Department of Donor Studies at Sanquin through the PI of the project, dr. Elisabeth Huis in ‘t Veld. More information on Sanquin Research can be found on https://www.sanquin.org/research.


For more information on this PhD position, please contact the principal investigator of the project, dr. Elisabeth Huis in ‘t Veld (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

What we offer

Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering excellent terms of employment. The collective labor agreement of Tilburg University applies. The PhD candidates will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting salary of € 2,266.00 gross per month in the first year, up to € 2,897.00 in the fourth year (amounts fulltime).

The selected candidates will start with a contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an employment contract for the remaining three years. The selected candidate is expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract (which may be based on publications).

The university offers very good fringe benefits, such as a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually), an options model for terms and conditions of employment and reimbursement of moving expenses. Tilburg University provides support in finding accommodation (for foreign employees). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may qualify for a (temporary) tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf.


Applications should include:

- A cover letter,

- Curriculum Vitae,

- Two letters of recommendation

Applications should be sent before the application deadline of December 10, 2018. Interviews are expected to be held immediately following the deadline. The candidate is expected to start the PhD in principle on February 1, 2019 but another starting date may be considered.