PhD vacancy for Machine Learning for EEG Signal Processing and Neurofeedback applications

Job description


​imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 70 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer.


University of Antwerp – imec IDLab Research group

The Internet & Data Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at the University of Antwerp and Ghent University. IDLab focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. IDLab is a joint research initiative between Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. Bringing together 300 internet experts, we develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics. Within Antwerp, where you will work, the overall IDLab research areas are machine learning and wireless networking. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations.

IDLab collaborates with many universities and research centres worldwide and jointly develops advanced technologies with industry (R&D centers from international companies, Flanders’ top innovating large companies and SME’s, as well as numerous ambitious startups).

For further development of the IDLab machine learning cluster, we are looking for a PhD candidate in Machine Learning for EEG Signal Processing and Neurofeedback applications.


The job

  • In the context of human-centered AI (systems that understand human properties like intention and behaviour) and neurofeedback (measuring brain signals and allowing a participant to manipulate them), you will conduct academic research on Machine Learning techniques to study EEG and fNIRS data. These data will be collected by an academic partner.
  • You will develop new methodologies for time series analysis, signal processing and dimensionality reduction.
  • You will develop algorithms for intelligent neurofeedback to optimise the interaction of a person with its environment. These algorithms will be based on recurrent neural networks, markov models, and other sequential models.
  • You prepare a PhD dissertation on Machine Learning for EEG Signal Processing and Neurofeedback applications. You will be supervised by prof. Steven Latre and dr. Jannes Nys.
  • You publish and present results both at international conferences and in scientific journals.
  • You interface and collaborate on a technical level with research partners.

More information

Hanne Everts –

    Job requirements

    • You have (or will receive within a few months) a Masters of Science degree, preferably in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, or related fields.
    • A strong interest in neuroscience and machine learning are a must.
    • You have a keen interest in time series analysis and neuroscientific data, such as EEG and fNIRS.
    • Having published in high-ranking conferences and journals in the field is an advantage.
    • You are well-organized and able to autonomously plan and execute tasks.
    • You are a team player and have strong communication skills.
    • Your English is fluent, both speaking and writing.