Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Seidl

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karsten Seidl is Head of the business unit Health at Fraunhofer IMS. At the same time, he is a professor at the chair of Electronic Devices and Circuits at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Doctorate at Fraunhofer IMS

In which areas are you conducting research?

We are researching micro- and nanosystems that are used in electronic implants in humans, for example for invasive blood pressure measurement in the heart and for electrical stimulation of retinal nerve cells in blind people. Furthermore, we are working on very sensitive sensors to detect individual biomolecules and on intelligent assistance systems to provide support to patients with dementia, for example.

What is your expectation of a PhD student?

I expect a PhD student to be curious and enthusiastic about working on and advancing new scientific and technical topics. An independent approach to work and at the same time enjoy working in a team, coupled with stamina and the perseverance to solve problems that arise, are further prerequisites for a successful doctorate.

What is your tip for a successful PhD?

You should realize that you won't reinvent the entire world during your doctoral thesis, but you will gain insights into a narrow thematic area, which will be honored by the scientific community.

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