Ph.D. position in Sensing Coatings for Smart Shoe Insoles
Last modification : Wednesday, July 27, 2022
KU Leuven is a multi-campus research institute dedicated to offer high quality
educational programs and to deliver high-impact research in relevant domains.
The research group M-Group (Mechatronics Group) of KU Leuven, and more
specifically the lab Networked Embedded Systems, performs research on sensors
and embedded devices as well as the networks between them. The research group
consists of 5 professors and 20 post-docs, business developers, research
assistants or Ph.D. students and is based at the modern Bruges Campus. The
M-Group has an extensive collaboration with the iR research group of prof.
Vandeginste of the New Materials cluster and MusculoSceletal Revalidation
group of the Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, all hosted at
the Bruges Campus.
For diabetic patients, special care needs to be given to the extremities in
the body such as the foot. Therefore, shoe insoles are carefully designed to
minimize the pressures on the foot during daily activities. However, there is
still a need for a reactive patient-targeted approach. In this Ph.D. project,
the candidate will investigate new technologies for sensing coatings with the
application in shoe insoles to design flexible electronics to sense and detect
excess local pressures. The design and development of sensing coatings and
electronics is very challenging as pressures need to be measured with high
sensitivity at a high load.
Graphene-based coatings have shown a lot of promise in achieving this. The
candidate will therefore investigate how graphene and various carbon materials
(e.g. Carbon Nano Tubes, carbon black,…) can be applied in coatings in shoe
insoles to meet the sensing requirements. Furthermore, the candidate will need
to design energy-efficient and accurate electronics and software to detect
The candidate will work in the context of the ORTEADA project and will join a
multidisciplinary team of professors with various backgrounds and 2 other
Ph.D. students. The candidate will collaborate with Ph.D. candidates on the
topic of Material Sciences and Rehabilitation of the diabetic foot.
Successful completion of the research project will result in a number of
scientific international journal papers and a PhD at the Faculty of
Engineering Technology (KU Leuven). Results from the research will be
published in international scientific journals, and will be presented at
conferences and to interested companies and potential users. The new
technologies has large potential for valorization, such as licensing,
patenting and even a spin-off company,
For this vacancy, we are looking for a top-of-the-class enthusiastic Ph.D.
candidate who will work on this topic and who shows a dynamic and proactive
attitude towards research and industry. The candidate has excellent skills in
electronics and sensor technology and has an affinity or willingness to learn
to work in a chemistry lab.
has a Master's Degree in Engineering, preferably Computer Science,
Electronics, Mechatronics, Material Science, or Chemical Engineering.
is ranked within the top 10% of your class.
has a large interest in high-end electronics design and sensor technology
(mechatronics and chemical engineering) for Biomedical Applications.
has strong communication skills and is willing to present his/her research
results at top national and international conferences. Dissemination of
research results on social media is a plus.
Has excellent writing skills to report research results in high-quality
Is willing to write a Ph.D. fellowship proposal for national funding
Is flexible, has good time management skills, and can work independently
with good interaction with the ORTEADA team and under the supervision of
the supervisory team.
Has a creative, critical, analytical, and innovative mindset.
Is very fluent in English both spoken and written
Has a critical mindset and can analyze research results in a comprehensive
Experience as a research assistant or industrial expertise is a plus
Being a first author or co-author in internationally peer-reviewed
publications is a plus
You will be working on a state-of-the-art topic on a brand new campus at
Bruges with state-of-the-art laboratories
A young and dynamic work environment where human contacts and
professionalism are very important.
Contacts with industrial partners and consultancy companies in the sector.
We offer a full-time position for 1 year which can be prolonged to four
years upon positive evaluation.
Other working conditions can be found at
https: // www. kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/en/phd/phd-information
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Hans Hallez, tel.: +32 50 66
48 38, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. dr. Veerle Vandeginste, tel.:
+32 50 66 49 32, mail: email@example.com.
- a motivation letter and CV with at least 2 contacts who can be contacted
- a pdf version of your Master thesis
- Transcripts (overview of study results) of your Bachelor's and Master's
studies. Please, provide preliminary results if the Master's degree is not
- if possible, a certificate of an English language test (IELTS or TOEFL)
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