ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of Rome Tor Vergata
RESEARCH FIELDEngineering › Biomedical engineering
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE28/02/2020 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONItaly › Rome
France › Lyon
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/04/2020
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER859836
Early Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD position in biomechanics within the framework of the project MeDiTATe (The medical digital twin for aneurysm prevention and treatment) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) with Grant Agreement No. 859836.
MeDiTATe is a European Industrial Doctorate (EID). The whole project aims to develop state-of-the-art image based medical Digital Twins of cardiovascular districts for a patient specific prevention and treatment of aneurysms.
The objectives of the project are related to the combination of efficient mesh morphing, computational static reduced order models (SROMs) and haptic devices in order to manage and solve hemodynamic simulations over geometric changes of tissues. The combined use of the three tools is expected to allow real-time solution, visualization and feedback, in view of the Digital Twin MeDiTATe is planning to build. The assessment of this approach will be carried out and compared to dynamic results of ESR2. In the first part, starting from the definition of feasible variations of anatomical geometry and the corresponding control points to manage them, the variability will be reduced to a small set of parameters. The use of ANSYS/Fluent will be combined to RBF Morph and static ROM Builder in order to prepare and solve a design of experiments scenario able to produce a ROM for the hemodynamic solution. In a second part, the definition and implementation of the communication with the haptic device will be addressed in order to enhance the interactive spatial creation and displacement of control points on the anatomical tissue giving a real-time force-feedback to the user. This part will be completed by the study of possible real-time interaction to the static ROM to retrieve fast and reliable information about the hemodynamic simulations. The interaction is intended in two ways in order to actively update the geometry of the model and have a force-feedback (i.e. force and vibration) in order to enhance the interpretation of the results through an augmented probe (visual and haptic feedback).
The selected candidate will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for ESR. The gross salary includes a living allowance (€3,270 per month, subject to MSCA country correction coefficient, i.e. 104.4% for Italy and 115.7% for France), a mobility allowance (€600 per month), and a family allowance (€500 per month, if the researcher has family by the date of recruitment, regardless of whether the family will move with the researcher or not). The guaranteed funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding).
Applicants can be of any nationality and must hold a Master of Science degree (or equivalent) in engineering. They need to fully respect both eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass CV): (a) Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. (b) Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
The ESR will be enrolled in the PhD programme of University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
The PhD thesis will take place at two different places: (a) University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) in the Department of Enterprise Engineering which is interested in shape optimization of structural parts, shape optimization using mesh morphing and CFD (automotive, nautical, naval, aeronautic), fluid structure interaction (reed valves, vessels, aircraft wings), vibrations of orthotropic plates, advanced use of RBF (image analysis of deformations, flow fields interpolation),large-scale high-fidelity numerical simulations of turbulent flows in complex geometric configurations, virtual prototyping and interactive simulations using virtual and augmented reality and haptic interfaces; (b) ANSYS Lyon (France) which is the global leader in engineering simulation. A one-month secondment at the University Hospital of Dijon (France) is foreseen.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELEngineering: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
Candidates with strong skills in mechanics (modelling and experimental) and biomechanics are expected. Motivation and interest in bioengineering applications is recommended. Knowledge of an object-oriented programming language is also welcomed.
EURAXESS offer ID: 485818
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