We have an opening for one research engineer position in medical data analysis for a term of up to two years at Simula Research Laboratory, Oslo, Norway. The position is available within the project “Pacertool – patient specific biofeedback guiding tool for implementation of cardiac resynchronization therapy”.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) has been the most important advancements in the past decade for patients in heart failure caused by dyssynchronous heart contraction. CRT consists of implantation of a resynchronization pacemaker and leads with electrodes that can stimulate both the right and left heart chamber. CRT therefore holds the potential to substantially improve patient care and reduce overall health care costs. However, not all patients improve. Almost 50% of the patients receiving this specific therapy do not respond to the treatment.
The Pacertool project, funded by the Research Council of Norway as part of the BIOTEK2021 program, aims at the development of the system which will guide clinicians in real-time in performing CRT at the operating room. The project is coordinated by the Oslo University Hospital (Hans Henrik Odland, MD PhD). Simula’s activities will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Valeriya Naumova, in close collaboration with the cardiology department at Oslo University Hospital and industrial collaborators from GE and Medtronic.
The candidate will be responsible for developing and testing novel mathematical algorithms for analysis of time-series medical data related to electrocardiogram and/or vectocardiogram signals. In addition, the candidate will be expected to perform an extensive data analysis and mining on patient-specific data for improved patients’ stratification and identification of new predictive biomarkers.
The successful candidate will join a newly established team in Learning Systems at Simua@HiOA, which is a new research unit jointly owned by Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA).
Prospective applicants should have a Master degree or higher in machine learning, signal processing, electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or related fields, and a strong background in one or more of the following fields: signal processing, machine learning, probabilistic modeling techniques, and excellent programming skills in Matlab and/or Python. A good knowledge of C++ is desirable.
The candidate will also have to demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English, possess good interpersonal and communication skills and show willingness to work as part of an international team. Simula strives to achieve a good balance between male and female employees, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Candidates are requested to send a cover letter, CV, and the contact details of at least two reference persons. After initial screening, relevant candidates will be asked to provide further documentation of education and work experience.
The starting date is at the earliest convenience (negotiable), but preferably not later than April 1, 2018. Application deadline: January 31, 2018. However, applications will be screened continuously and a decision will be made as soon as we find the right candidate, if so even before this deadline.
Enquiries regarding the position and the applications should be directed to Dr. Valeriya Naumova (Valeriya@simula.no)
Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research institution located at Fornebu, just outside the city center of Oslo, the capital of Norway. It is a multi-cultural organization, employing about 150 individuals from 30 countries. Simula is conducting ICT research in the fields of communication technology, scientific computing and software engineering. The main objective is to generate new understanding and create vital 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 earlier this year, grading all research groups at Simula as excellent.