PDEng position on Fast Machine Learning-based Image Analysis and Control

Research / Academic

Eindhoven University of Technology has a vacancy for a:

Post-Master PDEng position on Fast Machine Learning-based Image Analysis and Control to Accelerate Transmission Electron Microscopes.

in the Electronic Systems group, department of Electrical Engineering.

The ICT post-master designers program is a two-year salaried program in the field of technological design in Electrical Engineering. The program leads to a Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) degree.

Project description
Thermo Fisher Scientific Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEMs) are used to reveal structures at sub-nm scale in a wide variety of applications. For example, TEMs help semiconductor manufacturers to provide faster, smaller, cheaper, and more power efficient chips. Furthermore, they enable researchers in academic and corporate labs to continuously push frontiers of science in order to provide the world with new medicines or cleaner energy.

The design project will be performed at Thermo Fisher Scientific's research facility in Eindhoven and is centered around accelerating TEMs by the development of image/vision-based control. Advanced real-time image analysis on GPU and/or FPGA platforms should be performed to improve system parameters quickly (low latency and many updates per second). The necessary advanced and fast image analysis will be using state-of-the-art machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) algorithms. This will lead to a shorter time to result and higher quality images and large 3D reconstructions; which in turn will undoubtedly lead to new possibilities or discoveries in life sciences, material sciences, and semiconductor industries.

The project is spread over two years and aims to develop your design engineers' abilities. In the project, a specific design objective must be reached within a restricted period of time and with limited means. In accordance with the supervising professor the candidate will be given the opportunity to gather specialized knowledge for the design project already in the first year of your Traineeship. You will be coached by experienced design engineers from industry and/or by TU/e staff with relevant design experience. You will acquire independence and learn to make choices and work well in a project-based manner. You will learn to obtain a high-level system overview and play an important role in architectural choices for future generation TEMs.

About Electronic Systems Group
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a world-leading research university specializing in engineering science & technology. The Department of Electrical Engineering is responsible for research and education in Electrical Engineering. The discipline covers technologies and electrical phenomena involved in computer engineering, information processing, energy transfer and telecommunication. The department strives for societal relevance through an emphasis on the fields of smart sustainable systems, the connected world and care & cure. The TU/e is the world's best-performing research university in terms of research cooperation with industry
(#1 since 2009).

The Electronic Systems group consists of seven full professors, ten assistant professors, several postdocs, about 50 PDEng and PhD candidates and support staff. The ES group is world-renowned for its design automation and embedded systems research. It is our ambition to provide a scientific basis for design trajectories of electronic systems, ranging from digital circuits to cyber-physical systems. The trajectories are constructive and lead to high quality, cost-effective systems with predictable properties (functionality, timing, reliability, power dissipation, and cost). Design trajectories for applications that have strict real-time requirements and stringent power constraints are an explicit focus point of the group.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than
$20 billion and approximately 70,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands - Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services - we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services.


We are looking for candidates that match the following profile:

  • have an MSc degree in electrical engineering or any other relevant program.
  • have theoretical and applied knowledge of signal and/or image processing, control systems, machine learning, embedded programming.
  • have experience with GPU and/or FPGA programming.
  • have solid skills in C / C++ / python.
  • have excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken).
  • be a flexible team player, actively helping other team members, and see changes as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  • be a quick learner, able to and interested in acquiring new skills and competences.
  • show a hands-on attitude, taking responsibility for the process from specification to implementation and validation, including communication and alignment with peers.

Salary Benefits:

We offer a fixed-term, 2 year position in a research group with an excellent reputation. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, including:

  • A gross monthly salary of € 1.865.
  • Additionally, 8% holiday and 8.3% end-of-year annual supplements.
  • A minimum of 41 holidays per year (excluding bank holidays, for a full-time employment of 40 hrs/week)
  • Additional benefits, including excellent technical infrastructure, child care, holiday savings schemes, and sports facilities.
  • Assistance for finding accommodation is offered.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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