25/03/2021
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Engineer position on development of a virtual platform for device implantation in left atrial appendages

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra - ETIC
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    26/04/2021 17:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    35
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    17/05/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020

OFFER DESCRIPTION

 

An engineering position is available at the BCN-MedTech Research Unit, Department of Information & Communication Technologies (DTIC) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain, as part of the EU Horizon 2020 SimCardioTest project (2021-2024; SC1-DTH-06-2020, Grant agreement No. 101016496), ideally starting May 2021. The main goal of this position is to continue the development of the VIDAA and VRIDAA platforms to add advanced functionalities such as realistic device deployment, connection of the web-based interface to cloud-based processing of the data, or visualisation of fluid simulation results, among others. Moreover, the candidate will be responsible for processing cases from our clinical collaborators. Additionally, VIDAA and VRIDAA will be tested in clinical environments to study their potential fit in current healthcare workflows and translation into daily clinical routine, in comparison with other visualisation techniques such as 3D printing. Adaptation of VIDAA and VRIDAA to other interventional cardiology applications will also be investigated. Within the H2020 EU SimCardioTest project, VIDAA will need to communicate with the in-silico clinical trial platform to be developed.

 

There are still important questions on the selection of the right left atrial appendage occluder (LAAO) device for a given patient as well as the optimal positioning. At UPF, we have developed over the last few years the Virtual Implantation and Device selection in left Atrial Appendages (VIDAA) platform, which provides a clinician-friendly web-based tool to support the pre-operative planning of LAAO interventions (e.g., Aguado et al., 2019, https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2019.00237; see a preliminary beta version here: https://github.com/bcnmedtech/VIDAA). It allows clinicians to interactively explore the LA geometry as a 3D mesh with different Computer-Aided Design LAAO models together with some morphological indices and the original CT images in MPR format. We also developed VRIDAA, the Virtual Reality (VR) version of VIDAA (Medina et al., 2020, https://diglib.eg.org/handle/10.2312/vcbm20201168), for the visualisation and analysis of LAA anatomies and the most appropriate occlusion devices to be implanted, which was positively evaluated by clinical users as a source for motivation for trainees and to better understand the required surgical approach before the intervention. The main goal of this position is to continue the development of VIDAA and VRIDAA to add advanced functionalities such as realistic device deployment, connection of the web-based interface to cloud-based processing of the data, or visualisation of fluid simulation results, among others. We are looking for a highly motivated engineer with an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines, willing to develop web-based platforms and virtual reality interfaces in biomedical engineering applications. Excellence in programming skills is a must, in particular in front-end and web-based technologies (e.g., HTML5; ideally also ReactJS). Basic knowledge in Python is desired; being familiar with Docker, mongoDB and git would also be very positive. Knowledge in back-end framework would be a plus, as well as experience in computer graphics, image processing and data science.

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Benefits

BCN-MedTech offers an ideal working environment, mainly due to the large critical mass of experienced senior investigators in diverse areas of biomedical engineering, junior postdoctoral researchers and an international team of talented young PhD students; there is always someone that can help! In addition, the extensive network of collaborations, including clinical and large infrastructure partners, gives us a privileged access to unique data, software and technological facilities. Moreover, the candidate will closely work with a team of 4-5 software engineers currently developing applications in the Rocket and ReImagine frameworks. This position will be funded with resources based on the SimCardioTest project. A one-year contract will be offered, with the possibility of extension up to three years, depending on performance. The salary will be around 26200 euros annual gross. After this period, there might be possibilities of being involved in further research and innovation projects in BCN MedTech, as well as in the transfer of the developed technology to other companies or UPF spin-offs.

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Computer science: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Pompeu Fabra - ETIC
Spain
Barcelona
08018
Roc Boronat 138

EURAXESS offer ID: 619956

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