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PhD position in Electrical- and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Iceland


Applications are invited for a PhD student position in Electrical- and Computer Engineering. The project is in the field of medical image analysis.

Field of work

The main objectives of the project are the development of image processing and analysis methods to study and characterize the ventricular system of the human brain. The purpose of this research is to understand the characteristics of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), a chronic form of hydrocephalus in older adults which is thought to account for more than 5% of all dementia. NPH is challenging to diagnose and is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases. However, unlike these other well-known causes of dementia, once diagnosed, NPH patients have the option of surgical treatment. The PhD student will participate in further development of novel image processing strategies to automatically segment the ventricular system into multiple compartments from magnetic resonance images in an attempt to provide a noninvasive way to diagnose NPH. The Ph.D. student will then develop novel algorithms to classify subjects showing various degrees of ventriculomegaly from mild (normal aging) to severe (NPH) into subgroups. The research project is collaboration between the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Heart Association. The student will also participate in collaboration with a research team at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  The research is funded by The Icelandic Research Fund (RANNIS) for three years.

Qualification requirements

Candidates must hold an MS degree in a relevant field to medical image analysis. Relevant fields include electrical- and computer engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics and physics. The candidate needs to be able to work independently and have strong communication and interpersonal skills. Proficiency in English is required. The selected candidate must send a formal application for PhD studentship at the University of Iceland.

How to apply

The salary for the position will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the Union of University Teachers and the Minister of Finance.

The PhD student position is for three years and starts no later than in the fall 2017.

Applications should include i) a cover letter, ii) a CV (stating relevant work experience, knowledge in computer programming, and a list of publications if any), iii) copies of university diplomas (BS and MS), course listings with grade information (in English), iv) a one-page statement of research interests, v) names and contact information of two potential referees. All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made.

Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.

At the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences 360 people are employed in research and teaching. The School offers an international environment, with the number of international employees and students increasing each year. Currently 25% of all employees and postgraduate students are international. There are around 2300 students at the School, divided into six faculties, thereof are 350 graduate students and 150 doctoral students. Research institutes at the school are the Science Institute that divides into the Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute of Physical Sciences, Institute of Life and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Research Institute and the Institute for Sustainability Studies which is an interdisciplinary institute and belongs to the five schools of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland is the largest teaching, research and science institute in Iceland and is ranked among the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

For further information please visit the University of Iceland andRelocation Services webpages.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 24 April 2017

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