PhD Candidate 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? The Intervention Centre, at Oslo University Hospital is the leading organization for the project ALive, and has connection with several European universities, research institutions and industrial partners. We are looking for excellent candidates to join us for a 3-year fully funded PhD program.

Working environment

The Intervention Centre is a unique cross-disciplinary research and development department, part of Oslo University Hospital (Oslo, Norway). The center has a long trajectory of research and development in the fields of minimally invasive surgery and medical technology for cardiac and abdominal interventions applications. In addition, it counts with cutting edge operating rooms used for both regular patients treatment and research. These facilities integrating intra-operative CT and MR imaging, are not only unique in Norway, but one of the few of its type in the world. At The Intervention Centre, engineers, students and clinical personell collaborate and exchange experiences to solve a wide variety of challenges in healthcare. We encourage researchers, regardless of the background (clinical or technical) to attend and learn from real clinical procedures to aquire an invaluable experience and full immersion in real clinical environments.The Intervention Centre is placed in Rikshospitalet and Gaustad Sykehus both located in the north of the city of Oslo, bordering with the NordMarka forest which offers peaceful surroundings close to nature and popular recreation areas in both summer and winter seasons.

About the position and the PhD program

In this project, the focus of the PhD program will be computational analysis and planning of liver resection procedures. In this context, computational geometrical modeling, theory of splines and image processing are going to be core disciplines of the training. In addition, and following the current trends in computing, the use of deep-learning, while not essential, it is encouraged for some of the parts of the project. 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 in implementation of medical technology. The project has national and international partners that will be working on the ALive project under different angles and it is expected that the candidate will have a good national and internationa collaborative environment.

This position adheres to the Norwegian Goverment’s policy of balanced ethnicity and gender. Persons with inmigrant background are encouraged to apply. Oslo University Hospital’s objective is to increase the number of females in scientific positions and therefore, female applicants are encouraged to apply.

Oslo University Hospital offers:

  • A full-time position (100%) for 3 years.
  • A friendly working environment.
  • Membership in the Norwegian pension fund and other benefits of the Norwegian welfare state.
  • Support for travelling within the activities related to the ALive project as well as the necessary equipment for work.
  • Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development within medical technology and science with highly competent and motivated colleagues.
  • Contact with exciting international research projects within medical technology.


  • Master of Science degree in one of the following fields: applied mathematics, computer-sciene, biomedical engineering. Related fiels could also be considered for application.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work in teams, being dynamic and enthusiastic is an advantage.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to Webcruiter (click here) before September the 1st, 2020 (applications lacking any of the documents requested will be discarded):

  • A concise cover letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • List of courses and obtained grades during MSc degree (official).
  • An copy of the university diploma.

It is advised that the candidates provide reference letters including contac information of all the references (e-mail address, postal address and phone number). Foreign applicants are also advised to attach an explaination for their University’s grading system. Interviews with the best candidates will be arranged.