PhD student in Scientific Computing with applications in biomechanics
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The Division of Scientific Computing at Uppsala University is a center for research and education in Scientific Computing. The research has a broad scope, including numerical analysis, applied scientific computing, high-performance computing, and applied cloud computing. The division engages in a broad range of collaborative projects in computational science and engineering (CSE), industrial applications and CSE software development. Application fields include fluid flow, electromagnetics, acoustics, geology, systems biology, quantum mechanics, financial mathematics, and genetics. The Division has an extensive international and national research network.
The graduate education program in scientific computing has so far resulted in over 80 PhDs. Many of them have continued a career as leading researchers in Scientific Computing working both in academia and industry.
The project: In summary, the topic of the PhD project is to construct, analyze, and refine a framework for numerical simulation of the biomechanical properties of the respiratory system. A special focus is on the diaphragm, which is the main muscle behind the breathing cycle. The methods will be based on radial basis function approximation and the method development part of the project will be at the research frontier in this area. A more detailed description of the project is available at
The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Duties: A PhD student employment is offered for up to five years. A PhD student should mainly focus on her/his own graduate education, which comprises four years of full-time study. The position can also include other departmental duties (up to 20%), in which case the position is extended accordingly.
Eligibility: A PhD position in Scientific Computing requires a Master of Science in computational science, engineering physics, applied mathematics, or a corresponding degree in a field relevant for the topic of the PhD thesis. It also requires a very good academic track record, good communication skills, and the ability to express yourself well in English both orally and in writing. Applicants for this project need good programming skills in MATLAB, Python, C/C++, Fortran or a similar language. Previous experience with radial basis function approximation and/or parallel computing and/or numerical methods for non-linear elasticity is a merit.
How to apply: The application should include a personal letter describing yourself, your qualifications, your research and interests, and how your past experiences fit into the project, your Curriculum Vitae, a copy of your degree diploma (if degree completed) along with a transcript of your grades showing that you are eligible for the PhD program in Scientific Computing, list of publications (if any), a copy of your undergraduate thesis or a draft and a detailed time plan for the rest of the work if it is not completed at the time of application, other documentation that you deem relevant for your application.
Applications may be submitted by candidates that have not yet fully completed the Master of Science degree (or equivalent), however all applicants should state the earliest possible starting date for the employment.
Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.
Rules regarding PhD positions can be found in the Higher education ordinance chapter 5, §1-7 (https://www.uhr.se/en/start/laws-and-regulations/Laws-and-regulations/The-Higher-Education-Ordinance/#chapter5), and the goals and regulations of Uppsala University (http://regler.uu.se/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/).
Starting: As soon as possible or as otherwise agreed.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position:
See http://www.it.uu.se/research/scientific_computing, or contact Elisabeth Larsson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 2017-03-31, UFV-PA 2017/582
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Information Technology
Type of employment: Full time , PhD placement
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100%
County: Uppsala län
Marie Ols, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/582
Last application date: 2017-03-31