Call for PhD student in simulation and image analysis of brain tumor mechanics

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    Simula Research Laboratory
    Computer science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/06/2021 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Norway › Fornebu


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Project/Job description

In the department of scientific computing and numerical analysis, we are now seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to work on numerical simulation and analysis of brain tumors. The candidate will ideally start August 2021, but may start earlier upon agreement. The candidate will be enrolled in the PhD-programme at the university of Oslo and will be hired on a 3-year contract at Simula. 

Usually, tumor patients will undergo injection of contrast agents into the blood vessels to identify where the contrast agent leaks into the brain. These results guide surgeons in operations. Very recently, we have discovered that an alternative injection into the fluid spaces around the brain (Subarachnoid Spaces) have the potential to reveal new information on brain tumors. The important difference between the two is that they do not highlight the exact same areas in and around the tumor. Obviously surgical intervention should aim to remove as little as the brain as possible, so this is a groundbreaking result with great potential for further investigation. The PhD student will use simulation of fluid flow, poroelasticity and diffusion together with imaging data, and aim to explain these differences. These investigations will extend the research front on mechanical properties of brain tumors, thus allowing for better predictions of tumor growth and surgical treatment. 

The core team working on the project will consist of one PhD-student, one Postdoctoral Researcher and one Research Scientist at Simula Research Laboratory. We will collaborate closely with Oslo University Hospital in both data gathering (Neuroimaging) and to best connect results from the MRI analysis to mechanical properties of the brain (MRI Research and Technology).


PhD, Scientific Computing, Simula, Fluid Mechanics, Computational Biology, Applied Mathematics. 

Candidate Profile

We are looking for interested candidates who have a MSc in applied mathematics, physics, fluid mechanics, scientific computing, biomedical engineering or a similar subject. The candidate should be familiar with programming, mainly using python. 

Simula Offers

  • Excellent opportunities for performing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers and engineers;
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment;
  • Generous support for travel and opportunities to build international networks, through  established collaboration with industry, exchange programs and research visits with other universities, and funding to attend conferences.
  • Modern office facilities located at Fornebu by the Oslo fjord and 10 minutes’ drive from the center of Oslo.
  • A competitive salary. Starting salary from NOK 479.600
  • Numerous benefits: access to company cabin, BabyBonus arrangements, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidised canteen meals and monthly bus pass, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc.
  • Relocation assistance: accommodation, visas, complimentary Norwegian language courses, etc
  • Administrative research support: e.g., quality assurance process for grant proposals (including RCN and EU programs).
  • Wellness and work-life balance. Our employees’ health and well-being is a priority and we encourage them to make use of our flexible work arrangements to help balance their work and home lives efficiently. 

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae: summarize your educational background, working experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work), list of scientific publications, etc
  • Cover letter: outline your motivation for applying, relevant experience and qualifications, research interests and how/why you are qualified for the position;
  • Transcripts from Bachelor and Master degrees.

Application deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis and the position will be open until filled. Expected starting date is August 2021, but the candidate may start earlier upon agreement.


Additional enquiries regarding the position can be addressed to Vegard Vinje, vegard@simula.no, +4795104158. 

About Simula and Norway

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research lab located at Fornebu, just outside of Oslo, Norway. Simula conducts Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research in the fields of scientific computing, software engineering, communication systems, machine learning and cybersecurity. 

Simula's main objective is to create knowledge about fundamental scientific challenges that are of genuine value for society. This is achieved through high-quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer, and commercialization. Since 2001, scientific evaluations conducted by the Research Council of Norway has repeatedly placed Simula at the forefront of international research in ICT. The most recent in-depth evaluation was published in 2017, grading the full range of research at Simula as “excellent”. 

Simula appreciates diversity. We currently employ approximately 155 individuals from 35 countries and strive to create a family-friendly working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourages women to apply.

Simula has a close collaboration with leading universities in Norway and abroad, both in terms of research and education, and facilitates extended research stays abroad. Our Master's and PhD students conduct their research at Simula, and attend courses and receive their degrees from university partners.

Norway is famous for its outdoor scenery, with gorgeous fjords, waterfalls and mountain ranges. Moreover, Norway is a safe and peaceful country with a thriving economy, offering a high standard of living and all the benefits of a social-democratic welfare state, such as social security and universal public healthcare. 

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