Postdoc job

  • project:

    Electromechanical Modeling of the Heart

  • position:

    Postdoc (f/m/d)

  • institute:

    Institute of Biomedical Engineering

  • starting date:

    January 2022

  • application deadline:

    October 17, 2021

  • contact:

    Dr. Axel Loewe

  • Contract duration: Three years (might be extended)

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Job description:
Computational modeling of the heart using mathematical descriptions of the underlying biophysics can lead to better diagnosis and personalized therapeutic approaches. At KIT’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, we seek a postdoctoral fellow for the project “Efficient and robust coupling methods for electro-mechanic models of the human heart,“ funded within the Priority Program 2311 “Robustly coupling continuum-biomechanical in silico models to obtain active biological system models for later use in clinical applications - Co- design of modeling, numerics and usability“ of the German Research Foundation (DFG). This project aims to extend the limits of multi- physics simulations of the human heart by developing and evaluating robust coupling schemes for models of the cardiac electro- mechanical system with high biophysical accuracy across multiple scales and dimensions.
In close collaboration with the partners at KIT’s Institute for Applied and Numerical Mathematics, you will lead software and research tasks. In particular, the openCARP electrophysiology simulator will be coupled to an existing solver for solid mechanics using efficient and scalable coupling schemes. This research tool will then be used investigate cardiac electro-mechanical challenges with clinical relevance.
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.

You are an open and ambitious team player happy to take responsibility and motivated to strive for creative, open and sustainable solutions? We provide a cooperative and communication- oriented environment in the Computational Cardiac Modeling group at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. You completed a PhD degree in a relevant field (or are close to completing it) and are enthusiastic about mathematical modeling of biological systems?
You have experience in software engineering (C++), care about your work and are motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team, have good communication skills as well as a good command of English?
In the best case, you have experience in some of the following areas: modeling & simulation of cardiac electrophysiology and/or solid mechanics, numerical solving of PDEs, PETSc, parallelization, multi- physics coupling, research data management, open science.

The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L E13/14.

Apply by email until October 17, 2021 to axel.loewe∂ with the following documents:

  • Cover letter (What’s your motivation for doing a Postdoc and for this position? Maximum 2 pages)
  • CV
  • Certificates
  • Thesis/Theses

We prefer to balance the number of female and male employees. Therefore, we kindly encourage female applicants to apply for this job.
If qualified, handicapped applicants will be preferred.


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