Open positions in Computational Brain and Cardiac Development and Remodelling (2 PhD positions)

Location
Spain
Posted
Jun 28, 2018
Closes
Jul 31, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Workplace
The projects will be conducted at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, for the computational part (supervised by ICREA Research Prof. B. Bijnens and Dr. Oscar Camara) and in the Fetal Medicine Research Centre, at the Maternity Hospital of Hospital Clínic (supervised by Dr F. Crispi, Dr. E. Eixarch and Prof E. Gratacos). Other (international) collaborators will be involved, depending on the project.

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PhD project 1:  Development of a multi-scale model of the cardiovascular system of a foetus with aortic coarctation
The aim of this project is the development of a multi-scale model of the cardiovascular system of a fetus with aortic coarctation (and related defects such as ventricular or atrial septal defects), including also the implementation of a tissue growth model to be able to assess the cardiac growth and remodelling during development. It will consist on a 0D model of the circulation, including all the relevant vessels and vascular beds, potentially coupled to a simple 3D model of the fetal heart. Then, a simplified mathematical model of cardiac growth and remodelling will be incorporated in order to study the effects of hemodynamic and mechanical alterations under aortic coarctation into cardiac development. 
 
PhD project 2:   The Heart-Brain axis, or There and Back again: the journey towards brain development traverses vascular territories
The aim of this project is to create a computational modelling platform, linking heart and brain systems, to test the influence of mechanical forces originating from vascular anatomy, haemodynamics and metabolic characteristics on brain development in normal and abnormal conditions. This research will open up opportunities for understanding systems-based mechanisms of other conditions affecting heart and brain such as congenital heart disease, schizophrenia, autism, neurodegenerative diseases or neurocardiology applications. 

Profile of the candidates
We are looking for highly motivated young researchers with a Master degree (or equivalent) in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computational Science, or related disciplines, willing to study and do research at the leading edge of biomedical engineering. Interest in biomedical and clinical applications is essential. Experience with computer sciences and having proven programming skills would be of importance. Candidates must have excellent teamwork and communication skills and be enthusiastic about collaborating with a diverse range of international partners. We expect them to be fluent in English as this will be the language used to interrelate with the different partners. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply and will be treated preferentially whenever they are equally qualified as other male candidates.
 
Practical information
- Starting date: September 2018; applicants will be reviewed on a continous basis and accepted until the positions are filled. 
- Application: send a CV and a letter describing research interests to Bart Bijnens (bart.bijnens@upf.edu) and Oscar Camara (oscar.camara@upf.edu)

Send a CV and a letter describing research interests to Bart Bijnens (bart.bijnens@upf.edu) and Oscar Camara (oscar.camara@upf.edu)

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