Occupation : Full-time
Period : Fixed-term contract
Place : Leuven
Apply no later than : December 31, 2017
For the Division Animal and Human Health Engineering we are looking for a
Research group Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (M3-BIORES) of the division Animal & Human Health Engineering (A2H) at the Department of Biosystems (BIOSYST), Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium.
The candidate is expected to develop a research line on Human Health Engineering within our research group M3-BIORES.
For this, (s)he will be supported by a team with more than 25 years of experience in real-time modeling, monitoring and controlling of complex biological systems.
Recently, new test installations have been updated/newly built for performing experiments on human responses under controlled climate conditions.
These unique test installations are fully available for research.
A key factor in all biological processes is how the individual time-varying living organism responds and interacts with the temporal and spatial micro-environment (i.e. biological responses orbio-responses). The bio-environment can be defined as the set of all non-genetic variables that influence the living organism. This bio-environment includes, among others, the physical environment (e.g. air temperature,humidity, velocity, light intensity), the gaseous environment (e.g. NH3concentrations, CO2 concentrations), but also variables such as mental and physical effort, food, medication, social environment, etc.
The focus in this postdoc position is on the real-time monitoring of the individual responses of humans to their social- and physical micro-environment with the objective to improve the human health and well-being status. Controlling the micro-environment in real-time in a sustainable way is a basis for optimising health and welfare processes in real-time.
The focus is on developing so called data-based mechanistic models that combine on-line measurements with process knowledge for developing compact and accurate dynamic models for individual humans in interaction with their micro-environment. These models are used in a next stage as a basis for mental and physical health monitoring and control algorithms. This approach can be used in many wearable mobile health (mHealth) applications, such as (but not limited to), sleep monitoring, stress monitoring, fitness monitoring, physical training, intelligent textiles, allergy monitoring, preventive health monitoring, climatecontrol in buildings and transportation systems, performance in sports, learning activities, etc.
For expanding our research in human health engineering and the applications , we are looking for motivated candidates with a personal postdoc grant or who are willing to apply for postdoc grants. Candidates have a PhD in Bio-engineering, (biomedical) engineering or Sport Science and ideally have published their research field. Expertise in mathematical modelling and/or control engineering are an asset.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Jean-Marie Aerts, tel.: +32 16 32 14 34, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply for this job no later than December 31, 2017 via the online application toolLees verder