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PhD student in Secure, Cloud-based, Personalized Cardiac Electrophysiology Simulator for Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Deadline: 31.01.2020

Call for PhD student in Secure, Cloud-based, Personalized Cardiac Electrophysiology Simulator for Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

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Simula Research Laboratory AS

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research lab located at Fornebu, just outside of Oslo, Norway. Simula conducts Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research in the fields of scientific computing, software engineering, communication systems, machine learning and cybersecurity.

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Project/Job description

In the department of Computational Physiology, we are now seeking a PhD candidate to work in a project funded by the Ministry of Education to improve ICT security. It is a three-year full-time position.

Personalized computational cardiac modeling is poised to revolutionize the clinical paradigm of care for patients with heart disorders. Retrospective and small prospective studies have shown that patient-specific simulations can be used as a safe and effective pre-procedural tool to stratify patient risk to deadly arrhythmias as well as optimize and significantly shorten invasive procedures. However, significant hurdles still exist in the widespread adoption of this technology for large-scale trials and eventual use in the real world. Clinical use of such methods has so far been limited due to the infancy of the research, the lack of validation, and the high computational costs of the simulations. An additional issue is the difficulty in ensuring that sensitive patient clinical data is kept secure and private throughout the pipeline. The goal of this project is to address these challenges by creating a cardiac simulator that will provide a fast, efficient and secure way to perform these simulations. The project will build on a GPU-based software, CardioLynx, developed within Simula that have sped up electrophysiological simulations to near real-time. The candidate will further develop the software and implement it in heterogeneous cloud computing resources and apply state of the art encryption techniques to ensure security of clinical patient data and simulation results.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for interested candidates who have a background in computational modeling. Experience with secure, cloud-based HPC programming would be appreciated.

Simula Offers

  • Excellent opportunities for performing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers and engineers;
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment;
  • Generous support for travel and opportunities to build international networks, throughestablished collaboration with industry, exchange programs and research visits with other universities, and funding to attend conferences.
  • Modern office facilities located at Fornebu by the Oslo fjord and 10 minutes' drive from the center of Oslo.
  • A competitive salary. Starting salary from NOK 479.600
  • Numerous benefits: access to company cabin, BabyBonus arrangements, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidized canteen meals and monthly bus pass, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc.
  • Relocation assistance: accommodation, visas, complimentary Norwegian language courses, etc
  • Administrative research support: e.g., quality assurance process for grant proposals (including RCN and EU programs).
  • Wellness and work-life balance. Our employees' health and well-being is a priority and we encourage them to make use of our flexible work arrangements to help balance their work and home lives efficiently.

Simula is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • A cover letter explaining the candidate's background, qualifications, research interests and how/why the candidate is qualified for the position;
  • Curriculum vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work, scientific publications, and software development experience);
  • Academic transcripts including a copy of Master thesis.
  • Contact information of two references, including the Master supervisor(s).

Application deadline

January 31, 2020. Preferred starting date is February 2020. There is also a possibility to start the position earlier.


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