A 3 year postdoctoral research position available at the Intervention Centre / Institute for Surgical Research / Department of Cardiology
- Sensor method for assessment of acute response to cardiac resynchronization therapy
About the research groups and Oslo University Hospital
This postdoc project is a result of a collaboration between research groups at three different departments at Oslo University Hospital: The Intervention Centre, Institute for Surgical Research and the Department of Cardiology. The research group at the Intervention Centre has long-term experience with developing and testing sensor technology for monitoring of heart function and is a uniquely cross-disciplinary organized hospital research department. The research group at the Institute for Surgical Research has long-term experience with research in hemodynamics, cardiac mechanics and investigation of how various heart diseases impact cardiac function and myocardial deformation for testing and development of diagnostic measurement systems. Much of the research is based on large animal experiments and translation of the methods to patient studies in collaboration with the Department of Cardiology. We have a very good track record with publications in the highest ranked cardiology journals and biomedical engineering journals. A main research activity is regarding dyssynchrony and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in both animals and patient studies. A main challenge with CRT is to identify the patients that will benefit from the treatment as about one third of CRT recipients do not improve cardiac function. Our research is cross-disciplinary and this project may suit a person with both medical or biomedical engineering type background.
Oslo University Hospital is a workplace with great diversity. We believe this is essential to perform the tasks required of us. Therefore, we pursue diversity among our job applicants and encourage everyone to apply regardless of who you are and what background you have.
- One of the main research activities is testing of sensors for monitoring cardiac function. We have performed research with several types of sensors, both invasive and non-invasive. For this project we have promising data with a non-invasive sensor that shows improvement in function when CRT is turned on. In an ongoing animal study we are currently testing the method under controlled settings to investigate several aspects of the method. Two patient studies are planned as part of this postdoc project where the method will be tested to see how well it can differentiate between CRT responders and non-responders. These studies will be the main responsibility of the postdoc.
- The postdoc will also be involved in other ongoing projects in our research group, and depending on the background and interests of the postdoc, there are additional ideas and preliminary data for other studies that the postdoc can perform. Our research groups have two start-up companies based on the methods we have developed and collaborate with them in some of the projects.
- The research studies are expected to generate several scientific journal papers and conference abstracts/proceedings, where the postdoc is expected to perform the majority of the writing and presentations.
- The work will be conducted in an interdisciplinary team of research scientists, medical doctors, engineers and university researchers. Our research environment has a diversity with members from different countries and ethnic groups.
- The employment period is three years (commencing approximately September 2022).
How to apply
- Applicants must hold a PhD degree (PhD defence must take place at the very latest in November 2022).
- This project can be performed by persons with both medical doctor background or biomedical engineer type background.
- Background in heart research is required.
- Expertise in hemodynamics, cardiac mechanics, echocardiography is an advantage.
- Medical doctors should have computer skills and preferably be technologically interested and have experience with medical devices and measurements.
- Biomedical engineers must have a clear medical profile/interest, preferably with practical experience from performing measurements in animals/patients.
- Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required.
- Norwegian proficiency is an advantage.
Interested candidates should apply by April 24th, 2022 by clicking the blue button on at the top right of this web-page “Apply for position” or “Søk på stillingen”.
- Short statement on the applicant’s personal qualifications and motivation for the position.
- Applicant's CV (including list of publications and relevant former positions).
- Copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas.
- Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher.
For questions regarding this position, contact senior scientist Espen Remme (firstname.lastname@example.org, +47 99238188).
We seek a talented, enthusiastic and creative scientist with a strong commitment to research. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are important. In the evaluation process emphasis will primarily be placed on the candidate's qualities.
- Standard Norwegian postdoc fellowship salary according to agreement with labour union.
- Professional development in a friendly and stimulating multi-disciplinary and international working environment.
- Attractive welfare arrangements.