PhD in Analytics for Visualization in Computational Surgery Planning

Do you want to work in the growing sector of medical technology? Do you want to start your career in a network of leading universities, research centers and hospitals? NTNU in Gjøvik has connection with several European universities, research institutions and industrial partners.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Computer Science in Gjøvik, Norway, invites applications to a 3-year early stage researcher position(PhD-student) in computational medicine within the project ALive, which is funded by The Norwegian Research Council. The student will be affiliated with the Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory.

You will be located at Campus Gjøvik and report to the Head of Department.

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Duties of the position

The focus of the PhD project will be on employment of analysis techniques (like optimization, dimensionality reduction and manifold learning), geometric modelling techniques (such as splines), as well as visualization techniques (like projections, mapping and shading), for improving the visualization of surgery plans—normally represented with medical images and 3D surface models. The ambition of the project is that the research results are translated to real-world applications; in ALive, we have software support to help on the implementation of the research results into open-source software platforms like 3D Slicer. This will give the candidate, the opportunity to acquire competences on practical implementation of medical technology.

The project is coordinated by Oslo University Hospital which will provide with the needed real medical data as well as expertise from clinicians. The project has national partners (SINTEF) that will support the implementation of the research results into medical software, and international partners (University of Cordoba, Spain) that will study aspects related to high-performance computing. Therefore, it is expected that the candidate will have a good national and international collaborative environment.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position’s main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Computer science
  • Biomedical engineering

Related fields or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale could also be considered for application. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Other required selection criteria:

  • Good coding skills with C/C++ and/or Python
  • Strong academic record: B grade or higher as weighted average grade of Master’s.
  • It is an advantage to show special interest and competence within medical technology, geometrical modeling and computer graphics.
  • Good written and oral English

Personal characteristics

We emphasize collaborative skills, initiative, ability to accomplish tasks, practical skills, and ability to create and establish new projects in collaboration with colleagues.

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The employment period is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Computer Science, within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas. Certified copies of study credits with grades will be needed from those called to an interview
  • A short motivation letter including:
    • a short description of the work to be carried out
    • research background and competance
    • personal interest in the position
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Faouzi Alaya Cheikh, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Stine Terese Ruen Nymoen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2020/ 19453 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.09.2020