PhD scholarship in 3D Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of Cardiac Biomechanics

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A 3-year PhD scholarship is available from September 2018 sponsored by the Joint Alliance Research Project program at DTU. It is made in collaboration between the Center for Fast Ultrasound Imaging (CFU) at DTU Elektro, SINTEF Medical Technology, Department of Health at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging at NTNU, and the Heart Center at Copenhagen University Hospital (Rigshospitalet).

The project seeks to develop advanced simulation models of the interaction between blood flow and cardiac muscle tissue of the human heart based on the finite element approach in combination with dynamic medical imaging modalities. The models will be highly valuable for increasing the understanding of cardiac flow and biomechanics. At the same time, the models will be a cornerstone in the development of new 3D methods for cardiac ultrasound imaging currently investigated at CFU.

As a PhD student, you will be involved in a truly multi-disciplinary environment with several academic partners specialized in cardiovascular biomechanics, advanced ultrasound imaging, and clinical investigations. Besides developing the finite element modeling framework for the fluid-structure interaction (FSI), this project includes performing a range of phantom experiments to develop and refine the cardiac simulation model together with scans on humans to construct realistic models. These experiments are done in collaboration with other PhD students and researchers. You will also work with other PhD students and researchers investigating complex FSI methods as well as advanced ultrasound imaging techniques.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main task is to develop FSI models of the biomechanics of the human heart. The models will be based on the previous work performed within CFU on this topic and combined with clinical heart scans on volunteers and patients. The FSI models will be developed on commercial finite element program platforms and compared to measurements on a cardiac phantom. The project is part of the Joint Alliance Research Project program at DTU. This entails that you will spend a significant amount of time during the project at NTNU (the alliance partner) in Trondheim, Norway.

Candidates should have a MSc in engineering, physics or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the MSc in engineering. Experience with finite element modeling of blood flow in general and in the heart specifically is desirable. Similarly, knowledge of medical imaging and tissue biomechanics will also be beneficial.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

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Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information is available at or from Associate Professor Marie Sand Traberg, tel: +45 4525 3705, e-mail:

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Please submit your online application no later than 29 July 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their MSc, but cannot begin before having received it.

All qualified candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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