Institute of Biomedical Engineering

PhD student (f/m/d)

  • project:

    Computational analysis of electrogram genesis during atrial fibrillation using high performance computing

  • position:

    PhD student (f/m/d)

  • institute:

    Institute of Biomedical Engineering

  • starting date:

    March 2021; limited to three years; might be extended

  • application deadline:

    November 30, 2020

  • contact:

    Dr. Axel Loewe

Job description
We seek a PhD candidate within the European High Performance Computing project MICROCARD (www.microcard.eu). MICROCARD develops an exascale application platform for cardiac electrophysiology simulations that is usable for cell-by-cell simulations. The platform will be co-designed by HPC experts, numerical scientists, biomedical engineers, and biomedical scientists.
You will investigate the effect of microscopic tissue structure on clinical electrograms using novel model formulations and numerical methods developed in the consortium. Conclusions drawn from this study can help to pinpoint cardiac substrate characteristic for individual patients based on measured electrograms and therefore allow an improved assessment of vulnerability to arrhythmias and suggest optimal tailored ablation strategies. 
Applying the novel computational schemes to this use case will provide valuable feedback to the numerics experts in the consortium in a closed feedback loop. Moreover, you will contribute to advancing the openCARP simulation software as well as a user-friendly software ecosystem and user community around it.
The KIT mission combines the three strategic lines of activity of research, higher education, and innovation. With about 9,300 employees and 26,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in the natural sciences and engineering in Europe.

Personal qualification
You are an open and ambitious team player motivated to strive for creative solutions? We provide a cooperative and communication-oriented environment in the Computational Cardiac Modeling Group at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. You completed a Master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering and information technology, applied mathematics, physics, or similar with above average grades and are motivated to pursue a doctorate?
You have experience in numerical simulations or software engineering (C++ or web technologies), care about your work and are motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team, have good communication skills as well as a high written eloquence in English?
In the best case, you have experience in some of the following areas: modeling of cardiac electrophysiology, numerical linear algebra, high performance computing, PETSc, software design, DevOps, Continuous Integration, Software Deployment, angular, Flask, ZeroMQ, software containers.

The position is available from March 2021 and limited to three years (might be extended). The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L E13.
KIT is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.

Application preferably via email until November 30, 2020 to axel.loewe∂kit.edu with the following documents: 

  • Cover letter; (What’s your motivation for doing a PhD and for this position? Maximum 2 pages) 
  • CV
  • Certificates (High school and Bachelor/Master)
  • Thesis/Theses

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Dr. Axel Loewe, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Kaiserstr. 12, Bldg. 30.33, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany; phone: +49 721 608 42790

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