Post-Doc position in smart sensing for wearable digital health platforms

Universität Ulm

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Ulm invites applications for a senior research position (m/f/d) starting as soon as possible; remuneration and benefits according to TV-L E13 regulations. One year appointment (80%-100%) with option for renewal.


Medical wearables are essential tools for acquiring digital biomarkers. Requirements for medical wearables are stringent: Data reliability, safety and security need to be controlled and monitored. Within this project, we develop a novel low-power software for wearables and other embedded systems. Its architecture will inherently support smart sensing of digital biomarkers and embedded decision support with machine learning. It can be safely connected to other medical devices through a health middleware.  The solution will contribute to our efforts in building affordable devices for critical care monitoring in limited resource settings. For this, we partnered with other Universities in the Wellcome Trust funded VITAL project. In this project we will translate our findings to a wearable bioimpedance device to monitoring fluid shifts in patients with severe dengue fever.

Specific project aims are to develop an intelligent firmware that can extract digital biomarkers from sensor data, prioritize tasks, and provide basic clinical recommendation based on historical data. The project team will design,  test , and publish novel algorithms, software architec-tures and decision support models. The work will lead to a new generation of autonomous medical wearables.


Job description, duties and tasks

You will conduct fundamental and applied research in artificial intelligence and decision support systems for medical wearables. You will work on and contribute to scientific publications in top-ranked journals. We expect you to establish a strong research track in the field of embedded machine intelligence and software design for wearables. You are expected to successfully work with our collaborators and proactively manage your research projects. You will mentor students at all levels, including bachelor, master, and Ph.D. Finally, you will strengthen your skills in acquiring research funding and further develop your own research profile.

Your profile and qualifications

We are looking for candidates who are passionate about digital technologies and health care applications for global health. You can work both independently and in a team. You have a successful history of delivering reliable and creative work.

You must bring:

  • an excellent command of English (oral and written)
  • a doctoral (PhD) degree in biomedical or electronics engineering (or related field)
  • excellent programming skills
  • experience with embedded systems or real-time OS
  • several publications in internationally recognized journals

We would like you to bring:

  • experience in working in a clinical setting or collaborating with clinicians
  • exposure to digital biomarkers and counterfactual machine learning
  • Basic command of German
  • Interest in teaching
  • experience in supervising students


Institut für Biomedizinische Technik

Universität Ulm
Albert-Einstein-Allee 45
89081 Ulm

Raum 45.2.221

+49 (0)731-50-27300


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About us

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering at University of Ulm was founded in 2021 to research new methods and approaches for digital health and medical wearables. We develop mobile health (mHealth) systems and design machine learning approaches to deliver personalized medical services and interventions with the goal to improve patient outcomes and quality of life. We are a creative and diverse team who use skills and knowledge in electronics and mechatronics engineering, computer science, physiology, and medical regulation to solve real-world health challenges and translate them into clinical solutions. The team is led by Prof. Dr. Walter Karlen; an established researcher in the field of biomedical signal processing and wearable sensing for health care. He has published widely in medical and engineering journals, has co-founded two start-up companies, and successfully mentored young researchers across the globe.  The Institute of Biomedical Engineering offers an exciting, multidisciplinary research environment with excellent research facilities including a state-of-the-art rapid prototyping lab for wearable development and a human testing and validation center. We have outstanding access to high performance computing infrastructure and secure internet-of-things middlewares. We collaborate locally and internationally with medical institutions and other established research groups.

Ulm University in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany was founded in 1967 and is consistently among the best 15 German research universities. Over 10,000 people from over 100 countries study, research and work at Ulm University. We offer an attractive and future-oriented course catalogue and cutting-edge research programs across four faculties: Medicine, Engineering, Computer Sciences and Psychology, Mathematics and Economics, and Natural Sciences. As a young research university, we are oriented towards the global challenges of the future: 12 strategic and interdisciplinary research themes are contributing to improvements in the areas of ageing, sustainability, technologies of the future as well as human health and well-being. Ulm University is the driving force behind the Science City of Ulm, a hub of university and other research institutions, maximum-care hospitals and technology companies, located in the middle between Stuttgart and Munich.


How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application via email with the following documents (one single pdf):

  • cover letter, indicating your career goals, why you are interested in this type of research, why you think you are the best fit for this position and our institute, and the knowledge gap youwill need to fill during your employment to succeed in your career (max 2 pages)
  • detailed CV
  • official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if graduation date is in the future, indicate expected graduation date)
  • an example of academic writing (e.g., master thesis report, recent first author publications, or similar)
  • contact details of at least 2 references for doctoral candidates and 3 references for post-doc positions (professors/supervisors)

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted to the email bmt(at) with the subject line “Application …”. Applications received will be acknowledged within a week. Applications via postal services and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will be screened continuously until the position is filled and the advertisement removed from the current webpage.