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PhD Fellow at the Department of Computational Physiology

Deadline: Open

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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Call for PhD Fellow at the Department of Computational Physiology as a Part of the MSCA-ITN Project PersonalizeAF

Project/Job description

In the Department of Computational Physiology, we are now seeking an outstanding PhD fellow to work on the MSCA-ITN project PersonalizeAF, which is an international network consisting of 11 top universities and research institutions across Europe. It is a fulltime 3-year position.

The project description is: «The heart consists of four chambers that contract and relax in a coordinated way to pump blood. Dysfunction here can lead to shortness of breath, dizziness, and fatigue in mild cases and heart failure in more severe cases. In atrial fibrillation, the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) beat rapidly and irregularly, increasing the risk of stroke and related diseases. There are numerous possible causes and pinpointing the exact one for each patient is critical for effective treatment. PersonalizeAF is developing new technologies for characterisation of atrial fibrillation and complemented by novel strategies for treatment. The joint academic and clinical training network plans to deliver personalised therapies and enhanced outcomes.»

Please also see https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/860974

The primary objective is to answer fundamental questions critical for our understanding of ischemic stroke caused by atrial fibrillation. More specifically, the goal is to extend existing state-of-the-art numerical tools to simulate realistic atrial flows based on medical images. The position offers a unique opportunity to influence our understanding of cardiovascular flows and mechanisms of a serious disease, using a combination of computational tools and machine learning.

Candidate Profile

We welcome applicants with MSc degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants who have not yet defended their thesis may also apply, provided that the thesis work is submitted for assessment before the closing date for the application. Applicants are expected to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of mathematics, numerical methods, and excellent programming skills. Applicants must be admissible to the PhD programme at the University of Oslo. The average grade for the Bachelors' degree must not be lower than a C, and the average grade for Master's-level courses must not be lower than a B. Note that the applicant must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

The interested candidate is expected to:

  • Be self-motivated, organized, and eager to work on challenging research problems and work independently abroad for shorter periods;
  • Possess solid analytical and programming skills;
  • Communicate and interact well in a multidisciplinary team

The candidate will also have to demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English, possess good interpersonal and communication skills. Simula strives to achieve a good balance between male and female employees, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

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, through established 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.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae: summarize your educational background, working experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work), list of scientific publications, and two references that can be contacted (one from the Master supervisor);
  • Cover letter: outline your motivation for applying, relevant experience and qualifications, research interests and how/why you are qualified for the position;
  • Transcripts from Bachelor and Master degrees.

Application deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis and the position will be open until filled. Expected starting date is early fall.


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