Are you a young doctor with technological interests ? Do you want to work in the innovative crossroads between clinical medicine and AI-supported image processing technology? Do you want to start or boost your career at a leading university hospital in contact with the IT and image processing industry?
The Intervention Centre, Oslo University Hospital seeks an entusiastic and knowledgeable Medical doctor for a PhD position within three dimensional cardiac modelling and holographic technology for planning of congenital heart disease treatment.
The Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital is a leading Norwegian clinical research institution with several surgical and interventional related projects of which many are connected with European research institutions and companies. We are looking for an excellent candidate to fill a 3 year PhD fellowship at the Group for Image processing and Navigation at the Intervention Centre in the topic of clinical validation of AI-based automatic segmentation of cardiac images and holographic visualization and navigation tools in congenital heart disease. The PhD projects will be part of the Holocare Cloud BIA project, which is an innovative image processing project funded through the Norwegian research Council.
The Intervention Centre is a unique cross-disciplinary organised hospital research and development department. The centre has been working With research and developmental work within three-dimensional image visualisation and surgical navigation since the centre was established in 1996, which is one of several high-tech medical technology research activities at the centre. This clinical research environment provides high-tech infrastructure, including operating theatres with cutting-edge technology for experimental and clinical research and advanced clinical procedures as well as facilities for advanced animal models. The Intervention Centre has a cross-disciplinary staff of 45 employees where more than 50% of the staff has a technological background including 4 professors and 3 associate professor employed at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and natural sciences of University of Oslo (UiO) and the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The group for image processing and navigation led by professor Ole Jacob Elle currently has 10 PhD students, and a total of 63 PhD-students have defended their work at The Intervention Centre. Main supervisor Henrik Brun is pediatric cardiologist at the national centre for pediatric heart disease at Rikshospitalet, OUS with 50 % postdoc position at the Intervention Centre. The PRECISE research group at dept for pediatric cardiology has 8 connected PhD students in clinical pediatric cardiology related Projects.
HoloCare Cloud is a user managed innovation arena (BIA) project with funding from Norwegian Research Council and SopraSteria. We will educate a young medical researcher to become an international expert in key areas of medical imaging technology through an individual research project addressing specific topics in holographic technology. HoloCare Cloud also has a medical postdoc position in a similar liver cancer surgery project and a postdoc position for an IT engineer working with deep learning. There will also be a connected PhD student in a similar project for orthopaedic surgery.
The aim for HoloCare Cloud is to develop, validate and test in clinical use, automatically generated 3D models from all kinds of medical images, starting with heart and liver, to plan and guide surgical and interventional therapy, thus aiding several steps of patient management. Multi-disciplinary dialogue and work between clinicians and biomedical engineers is crucial to address the challenges in this emerging field. By providing researchers with knowledge and training from specific topics in image processing and holographic technology, biomedical engineering, research methodologies, innovation and entrepreneurship, the link between academic research and industry will be strengthened. The scientific and clinical goal of HoloCare Cloud is to improve methods for diagnosing and treating patients with structural heart disease and liver cancer through personalised holographic models incorporating anatomical and potentially also functional data from each patient.
The HoloCare Cloud Cardiac PhD position at the Intervention Centre
Planning surgical and interventional treatment of congential heart disease may be complex, often involving personalised solutions based on the patient specific anatomy. 3D printed patient specific heart models from segmented CT and MRI images have become a new The last 5 years years researchers at the Pediatric cardiology dept and the Intervention Centre have applied segmented heart image data using various manual or semi-automated software to create 3D heart models in order to improve surgical planning for patients with complex congenital heart disease. This project will test in clinical use, the automated, AI based segmentation algorithms that are developed by the engineers in the BIA Cloud project. Such algorithms can automatically convert cardiac CT or MRI images to 3D models that can be analysed in holographic platforms such as the Microsoft HoloLens with tools developed locally by the SopraSteria engineering team.
There will be a collaboration within the researcher group in HoloCare Cloud as well as with the industrial partners in HoloCare. The projects will start by analysing images to aid the development of deep learning algorithms to extract image data from 70 already included patients. The PhD will be involved in development of all phases of the workflow, from extraction of clinically interesting information, validation of the model accuracy, and testing of the models and tools in experimental and clinical studies. New knowledge will be disseminated in international peer-reviewed journals, conferences and workshops. In this context, we are looking for a talented candidate who wants to work in the field of paediatrics, cardiology and radiology to join our team of engineers and researchers.
Relevant certificates, including all grades, credits and marks and recommendation letters must be submitted along with the application. Certified copies of study credits with grades will be needed from those called to an interview.