Estimation of forces and torques around implanted electrodes

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Learn how to model the implant tissue interface

Mechanical stability is a crucial requirement for long term functioning of recording brain electrode. Stresses caused by displacements between the tissue and an electrode are believed to be detrimental for the implant’s function. The topic will develop a technique to estimate forces and torques exerted on a brain implant during normal animal behavior. As a starting point the student will develop a FEM-based model of an implant and an animal’s head. The model will be constrained by already acquired data about head direction and acceleration. Based on the outcome of the simulation study the student will make an up-scaled tissue phantom and develop a measurement protocol for force and torque estimation.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Kloosterman’s Lab in Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders (NERF).  NERF offers a highly immersive experience in an international research environment with access to state-of-the-art equipment and ample opportunity to learn from junior and senior researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise. We expect highly self-motivated candidates with a curious mindset, good communication skills, and creative problem-solving skills. Mastery of the English language is a must, as well as willingness to expand knowledge across scientific disciplines.   ​

The candidate 
Required background: physics or mechanical engineering
Desirable skills: experience with time series or modeling 

Type of project: Combination of internship and thesis

Duration: between 6 months and 1 year

Required degree: Master of Engineering Science, Master of Science

Required background: Physics, Electromechanical engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Dimiter Prodanov ( and Jyh-Jang Sun (

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