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Department of Radiology - Medical Physics

Current Openings

Master's Thesis

The Department of Radiology, Medical Physics, is looking for a master’s student in physics or engineering for

Radio Frequency (RF) Coil Design for Concurrent Excitation and Acquisition MRI

In magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), RF coils are used both for the excitation of the magnetization and the detection of the MR signal. As the MR signals are very weak, an efficient and optimized RF coil is required to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio. Recently we have realized a novel MRI concept called "Concurrent Excitation and Acquisition (CEA)" where the MR signal is excited and detected simultaneously [Özen AC, Atalar E, Korvink JG, Bock M. Scientific Reports 8(1): 10631 (2018)]. CEA facilitates a more time- and power-efficient MRI, and can also detect signal from tissue with extremely short relaxation time such as bone or myelinated neurons

In this master's project, a dedicated RF coil for CEA will be developed. Therefore, a linearly polarized volume coil will be tuned to the MRI resonance frequency (123 MHz at 3 T) to form a CEA transmit coil, and a two-element receive coil array will be constructed to acquire MRI signal simultaneously. Additionally, the interface and decoupling circuits will be constructed to suppress transmit signals during reception

The successful candidate should have an interest and initial experience/background in:

  • Electromagnetics
  • Radio frequency electronics
  • Soldering

We offer:

  • An interdisciplinary dynamic research environment
  • State-of-the-art lab equipment
  • Improvement of RF circuit design and soldering skills
  • A better understanding of electromagnetic fields generated by resonators
  • A potential extension of the project towards a PhD study.

The starting date is negotiable. Please submit your application and documents by email to:

Dr. Ali Caglar Özen

Prof. Dr. Michael Bock
Professor for Experimental Radiology

Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
Radiologische Klinik - Medizin Physik
Killianstraße 5a
79106 Freiburg

Posted: January 25, 2020

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Hennig

Scientific Director
Tel. +49 761 270-38360
Fax +49 761 270-38310

University Medical Center Freiburg
Dept. of Radiology · Medical Physics
Killianstrasse 5a       
79106 Freiburg, Germany

Laurence Haller
Assistant to the Scientific Director
Tel. +49 761 270-38350

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