The bioMMeda (biofluid, tissue and solid mechanics for medical applications) research unit of Ghent University’s Institute Biomedical Technology (IBiTech) has a vacant PhD-position in the field of ultrasonic imaging development for improved arterial tissue characterization. Non-invasive measurement of arterial stiffness is nowadays considered as an important part of cardiovascular risk assessment. Ultrasound is potentially useful for this application but unfortunately still shows limitations regarding resolution and sensitivity. The aim of the PhD-project therefore is to improve current ultrasonic image formation and signal processing to develop a robust ultrasonic estimator of arterial stiffness. As such, knowledge on signal processing, ultrasound physics/acoustics is considered an advantage.