PhD Position in Clinical Simulations for Brain Aneurysm Treatment

PhD Position in Clinical Simulations for Brain Aneurysm Treatment

Published Deadline Location
26 Jan 29 Feb Amsterdam

Job description

The Computational Science Lab at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a PhD Research Position, centering on the development and validation of simulation tools aimed at revolutionizing planning strategies for clinical interventions, particularly focusing on the non-invasive treatment of brain aneurysms. This position situates within a vibrant research group that maintains a broad scientific collaboration network, including several clinical institutes, experimental groups, and supercomputing centers across Europe.

Project: Simulating Clinical Interventions in Brain Aneurysm Treatment
Aim: Develop and validate high-fidelity simulation tools designed to optimize planning, prediction, and decision-making processes related to clinical interventions in treating brain aneurysms, utilizing in-depth in silico solutions within the framework of the Virtual Human Twin.

Tasks and key responsibilities:
  • Developing a simulation tool that assists in planning and predicting various treatment scenarios for brain aneurysms;
  • Validating the simulation and applying uncertainty quantification to enhance fidelity and enable patient-specific utilization;
  • Applying and combining methodologies from computational fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, and mathematical optimization;
  • Collaborating with both local and international partners (this includes clinical, experimental, and computational partners) to maintain the comprehensiveness and applicability of the research;
  • Participate in education, based on mutual agreement (assisting in one of our courses or supervising student thesis projects).

Specifications

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Requirements

The ideal candidate for our PhD Research Position is eager to learn and isn’t afraid to seek help or use resources. They see mistakes as valuable lessons and actively seek feedback and mentorship to grow their skills. With a blend of persistence and openness to learning, they will navigate through the complexities of computational science and medical research, always looking to improve and contribute meaningfully to the core project.

Your experience and profile
  • MSc in Computational Science, Computational Physics, Applied Math or similar field.
  • Professional command of English (training in academic skills is an advantage).
  • Proficiency with python and experience with C++.
  • A keen interest in medical simulation research, with a particular focus on clinical intervention planning and prediction.
  • Willing to learn new skills in computational fluid dynamics, numerical methods, and programming.
  • Familiarity with version control (git).

Familiarity with any of the following is considered an advantage: GPU programming, numerical algorithms, high-performance computing, medical image segmentation, lattice Boltzmann method, finite element method, biology of thrombosis.

Conditions of employment

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). The preferred starting date is as soon as possible. This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,770 in the first year to € 3,539 in the last year (scale P). UvA additionally offers an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UFO profile PhD Candidate is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:
  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • A complete educational program for PhD students;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

Employer

Faculty of Science

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science (FNWI) has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

You can find further information on the group (Computational Science Lab) here.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

Additional information

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Specifications

  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €2770 per month
  • University graduate
  • 12557

Employer

University of Amsterdam (UvA)

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Science Park 904, 1098XH, Amsterdam

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Application procedure

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 29 February 2024.

Applications should include the following information (all files apart from your CV should be submitted in one single pdf file):
  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation (max. 1 page);
  • a digital copy of your Master’s thesis;
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grade transcripts and the explanation of the grading system used by your university);
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation, (one of whom should be the main supervisor of your Master thesis).
  • Please do NOT include any recommendation letters.

Please make sure to provide ALL requested documents mentioned above.
You can use the CV field to upload your resume as a separate pdf document. Use the Cover Letter field to upload the other requested documents, including the motivation letter, as one single pdf file.

A knowledge security check can be part of the selection procedure.
(for details: National knowledge security guidelines).

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered. Please don’t send any applications by email.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews soon after the expiration of the vacancy.

Application procedure

Application procedure

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 29 February 2024.

Applications should include the following information (all files apart from your CV should be submitted in one single pdf file):
  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation (max. 1 page);
  • a digital copy of your Master’s thesis;
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grade transcripts and the explanation of the grading system used by your university);
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation, (one of whom should be the main supervisor of your Master thesis).
  • Please do NOT include any recommendation letters.

Please make sure to provide ALL requested documents mentioned above.
You can use the CV field to upload your resume as a separate pdf document. Use the Cover Letter field to upload the other requested documents, including the motivation letter, as one single pdf file.

A knowledge security check can be part of the selection procedure.
(for details: National knowledge security guidelines).

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered. Please don’t send any applications by email.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews soon after the expiration of the vacancy.

Make sure to apply no later than 29 Feb 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).