PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering (Machine Learning) University of Bern, Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

PhD Position in Biomedical Engineering (Machine Learning)

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is identified by the presence of motor symptoms such as bradykinesia, rigidity, resting tremor, and postural instability. Treatment of motor disturbances with levodopa is highly effective in improving PD symptoms. However, levodopa medication is patient- and disease-stage specific and requires detailed information about motor symptoms in patient’s everyday life. Current clinical practice of using self-report questionnaires is unreliable and hence urges a strong clinical need for continuous monitoring of motor performance in PD patients.

Within the Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation Group, clinicians, psychologists, and engineers collaborate interdisciplinary with a goal to develop and evaluate technologies that promote independent living for elderly patients with brain injury or neurodegenerative disorders.

We are seeking a motivated PhD student to develop and evaluate monitoring of motor performance in PD patients using ambient sensors and wearable technologies. The main tasks of the PhD program include development of novel machine learning algorithms combining ambient context information with specific information from body mounted sensors.

For this position, we are looking for an active and self-motivated person with a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, computer science or bioinformatics. Interest to collaborate with clinicians and willingness to interact with patients is important. The PhD candidate will receive extensive supervision and support in all the aspects of the project.

The position is available immediately; the starting date can be discussed.


We look forward to receiving your application!


Please feel free to contact Dr. Prabitha Urwyler, at or +41
31 632 76 07.


Please send your complete application via e-mail.
ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Frau Prabitha Urwyler, Murtenstrasse 50, 3008 Bern
Telefon: +41 31 632 76 07,,

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