Title:Two PhD Study Positions: Image-driven Patient-specific Cardiac Simulation
Posted: October 4, 2016
Company/Institution: University of Bern, Switzerland
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Department: Information Processing in Medical Interventions Group
Description: The Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC), Institute of Computation Science, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland, and the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics (ISTB), University of Bern, Switzerland are looking for two highly motivated PhD students to develop and validate an automated approach for personalized simulations in cardiology. A tight integration between numerical simulations and clinical image processing is foreseen. Both positions are supported for three years by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within the project “HEARTFUSION: Imaging-driven Patient-specific Cardiac Simulation” (PIs: Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause and Prof. Dr. Guoyan Zheng ), and are available immediately.
The environment. The CCMC is part of the Institute of Computational Science (ICS) and the Cardiocentro Ticino. ICS is the largest institute in Switzerland devoted to Computational Science and operates in close collaboration with the CSCS (Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico). The ISTB belongs to the University of Bern and is one of the pioneers in computer assisted interventions. The ISTB was also part of the NCCR Co-Me, a Swiss Network of innovative scientists, engineering and leading clinicians. Hence, the two students will work in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of principal investigators, post-docs from mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering, clinicians as well as other fellow PhD students.
The project. The overall goal of the project is to develop a novel framework for image-driven computational electrophysiology, establishing a direct connection between imaging data and computational simulation. The main idea is to use the mechanical deformation retrieved from medical imaging to adapt the computational domain of the electrophysiology model over time. The methodology will provide a valuable tool to perform simulations on patient-specific geometries, validate existing mechanical models, and possibly design new ones.
The student working at ISTB will focus on developing method for whole heart segmentation from MR/CT images, which will be used by the student working at CCMC/ICS, whose aim is to develop a simulation tool to fuse data obtained from imaging with numerical simulation.
Requirements. For the position at CCMC, applicants should hold a Master (or equivalent degree) in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics and have a strong background in discretization methods (e.g. Finite Elements or Finite Difference) and computational mechanics. Programming skills in C++ and Matlab are also required. For the position in ISTB, the required skills/experiences include: a) Master degree in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, or related fields with knowledge and experience in medical image analysis, machine learning or computer vision algorithm development and implementation; and b) excellent programming skills in C++ and Matlab.
Application Instructions: Interested candidates can send their applications with references and school transcripts to:
Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause
Institute of Computational Science
Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC)
Institute of Computation Science,
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Tel: +41 (0)58 666 43 09
Prof. Dr. Guoyan Zheng
Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics (ISTB)
University of Bern
Stauffacherstrasse 78, CH-3014 Bern
Tel. +41 (0)31 631 5956