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Master thesis position in magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the best ways of examining body tissue and obtaining information about injuries and illnesses. However, MRI scanners are typically large, heavy, and very expensive devices. In the accessible MRI (AMRI) project of Aalto University, a new type of MRI technology is developed, which enables lighter, cheaper, and more mobile solutions for future imaging applications.

The first prototype device of the AMRI project has recently been built and testing has commenced. The prototype is a low-field MRI device which is based on permanent magnets. To acquire magnetic resonance images, particular settings of pulse sequences are used. These sequences include radio frequency pulses to excite nuclear spins and gradient field pulses for spatial information encoding. An MRI simulator software is used to test and adjust pulse sequences for the the prototype device, e.g. to optimise resolution, contrast and imaging time.

In this MSc thesis, the tasks of the candidate are:

  • to implement characteristic parasitic magnetic field components of the prototype device, e.g. inhomogeneity of the main magnetic field, into the simulation model of the simulator,

  • to verify the simulation results with measurements on prototype MRI device, and

  • to use the MRI simulator software to test and optimize pulse sequences for very low-field MRI for specific imaging applications.


  • Only students of Aalto University can apply

  • We expect that the candidate has good MATLAB skills

  • Knowledge in MRI, electronic measurements and Labview are considered as advantages

The earliest start date is September 1, 2022, and the duration of the work is six months.

Ready to apply?

If you would like to be considered for the position, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using the “Apply now!” link below. Please send us your application by July 31, 2022.

To apply, please share the following application materials with us:

  • CV

  • Motivation letter

  • Study transcripts

  • Other supporting material, if you have any

For additional information about the position, please contact Ilkka Laakso, ([email protected]), and in recruitment process related questions please contact HR Coordinator Camilla Hanganpää ([email protected]). 

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The School of Electrical Engineering promotes high-quality science, technology and innovations for the benefit of the Finnish society and all of humankind. In our research environment, the natural sciences, engineering and information technology intertwine to form smart systems and innovations that save energy and promote well-being. With our research, we seek to respond to many challenges posed by sustainable development and the results are applied, for example, in mobile devices, electrical networks, health care and in satellites. The school’s special strength is linking the research with the Finnish and international business sector. We have around 2000 students in total, and around 250 master’s and 50 doctoral degrees annually. Our personnel consists of 700 people with over 70 professors.

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