The ETERNITY Beneficiaries are 3 high-technology companies in the area of medical technology : Philips Medical (NL), PLUX (PT), and Ficosa (ES).
The consortium is completed by 5 universities : TU Eindhoven (NL), University of Twente (NL), KU Leuven (BE), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ES), and FCT / UNL Lisboa (PT).
Together, these universities have a proven track record in the management of electromagnetic interference (EMI), medical engineering, system engineering and risk management, and are the leaders in their field in Europe.
The essential clinical involvement is arranged via 2 hospitals, which are Partner Organisations in ETERNITY : Hospital Utrecht (NL) and Hospital CIMA Sanitas (ES).
The industrial involvement is completed by 3 Partner Organisations : Eurofins (BE), Barco (BE) and the start-up Plasmacure (NL).
Each of the 14 ESRs will be trained to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with a new mindset tuned towards the inclusion of the three main elements of a risk-based approach into innovative design methods (e.
g., concurrent engineering and agile / scrum design methods). For this inclusion to occur, each ESR will develop through their research the missing dedicated tools and techniques, and apply them to a representative set of medical devices under development.
This hands-on training is supplemented with several scientific professional courses and an immersive training where the ESRs can fine-tune their skills for the Jobs of tomorrow, while addressing the societal challenges of the ETERNITY program.
This particular ESR-position will be executed with the M-Group at KU Leuven Bruges Campus. Career stage : Early Stage Researcher (ESR) or 0-4 yrs (Post Graduate)
Eligibility Criteria :
This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.
in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.
Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
Within the ETERNITY project, this ESR will study the application of the recently proposed and revolutionary hazard-and-risk-analysis methods STAMP (System-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes) and STPA (System-Theoretic Process Analysis) to the EMI risk analysis of medical applications.
Starting from the concepts out of Systems Thinking and Systems Theory, STAMP, STPA reformulate safety as a system-control problem rather than simply component-failure problems.
However, so far, EMI robustness has not been looked at with STAMP / STPA. Therefore, the aim of this ESR is to integrate EMI into these techniques and apply this to two case-studies from different medical-application domains during secondments.
The results of the STAMP / STPA analysis will be compared to those obtained with the classic hazard-and-risk-analysis methods (FTA, FMEA).