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Investigate Stimulation in a µECoG for High-Resolution Neural Interfacing

Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Explore the integration of stimulation electrodes within a cutting-edge Neural Interface to enable bi-directional communication with the brain's cortex.

Brain disorders present a significant societal burden, requiring innovative solutions for diagnosis and treatment. Recent advancements in micro-fabrication have enabled the development of flexible devices which can interface directly with the brain and facilitate high-performing Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI). This internship focuses on integrating multiplexed stimulation electrodes within a micro-ECoG (μECoG) array, enabling the high-resolution modulation of brain activity. The objectives include the following :

  • conducting a literature review on ECoG stimulation to establish the state-of-the-art,
  • assessing feasibility through the review of our thin-film technology and the in-vitro characterization of our devices,
  • assisting in the optimisation of the electrode material/coating in the cleanroom and in the lab,
  • participating in in-vivo experiments on rodents to demonstrate stimulation efficacy.

Through these milestones, the student will contribute to a future publication and will gain first hand knowledge in the field of Neurotechnology.



  • Currently pursuing or recently completed a degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related fields.
  • Knowledge in microelectronics and electronic materials.
  • Interest in neurotechnology, electrophysiology, and signal processing.
  • Some experience with laboratory work, including data collection and analysis is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Enthusiasm for scientific research and a desire to contribute to advancements in the field of neurotechnology.



  • Opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects in neurotechnology.
  • Hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.
  • Potential for publication and presentation of research findings.
  • This internship can be continued in the form of a PhD co-supervised between Nerf, imec and KU Leuven.

Type of project: Thesis, Internship, Combination of internship and thesis

Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Science, Master of Engineering Science, Master of Bioengineering

Required background: Biomedical engineering, Bioscience Engineering, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electromechanical engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Physics, Other

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Sebastian Haesler (Sebastian.Haesler@nerf.be) and Paoline Coulson (Paoline.Coulson@nerf.be) and Florian De Roose (Florian.DeRoose@imec.be)

Imec allowance will be provided for students studying at a non-Belgian university.

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