Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Doctoral Researcher, Neuro-Innovation: Computational Physics

University of Kuopio
January 31, 2023
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We are now inviting applications for one fully funded four-year doctoral researcher (PhD Student) position in the EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Cofund Doctoral Programme project Neuro-Innovation: Research and innovation for brain health throughout life. The position at the Department of Applied Physics , University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, will start at the earliest in May 2023. Read more below and submit your application no later than 31 January 2023.

Research topic and environment

We seek a highly motivated and talented doctoral researcher to join our team for a PhD research topic, ‘ Image reconstruction in high temporal resolution functional MRI of the brain'. The research aims to develop a novel combination of advanced (compressed sensing-based) image reconstruction methods and optimal fMRI data collection techniques, such as radial zero-echo time fMRI, which can produce high temporal and spatial resolution fMRI with random repeated stimulus. The research could result in significant advances in functional brain imaging techniques, paving the way for breakthroughs in basic brain research. The approaches developed are also expected to have high translational potential for diagnostic imaging and high commercialization value. You may modify this research topic or suggest your own topic in your motivation letter. The proposed topic must be in the research area of the Neuro-Innovation Doctoral Programme and the hosting research group.

The person appointed to this position will work in the Computational Physics and Inverse Problems research group (https: // sites.uef.fi/inverse/) in the Department of Applied Physics. The group is affiliated with the Centre of Excellence of Inverse Modelling and Imaging, Academy of Finland. The host team collaborates closely with the Neurobiology of Memory group (https: // sites.uef.fi/neurobiology-of-memory-group/) and the Biomedical Imaging group (https: // sites.uef.fi/kuopiobiu) at the A.I. Virtanen Institute which houses world-class research facilities and active research for preclinical MRI and electrophysiology.

Role and salary

This is one of the two doctoral researcher positions for this call in the Neuro-Innovation project , a novel effort at the University of Eastern Finland ( UEF ) to integrate its world-class neuroscience with top-level innovation management, social sciences, law, data sciences and applied physics. This integration will produce unique inter/multidisciplinary competence that contributes to brain health innovation in Europe and beyond by training future leaders in this area of research and practice. Neuro- Innovation training will address the translation of research results into clinical adaptation and commercial outcomes. The doctoral researcher will join the Doctoral Programme in Science, Technology and Computing. The selection of the doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Science and Forestry will be determined during the selection process of the Neuro- Innovation project. It may change from what is initially announced based on the applicants' eligibility and application scores. Please see our website: www. uef.fi/neuro-innovation.

The primary duty of the doctoral researcher is to complete their doctoral dissertation per their written research proposal at the beginning of the employment period. At UEF, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in four years of full-time study. The position will be filled for a four-year fixed term starting at the earliest in May 2023. A probationary period is applied to all new staff members.

The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of the Finnish universities. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4 (€2,108 – €2,629), and the personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. The salary of a doctoral researcher depends on the phase of the doctoral dissertation and postgraduate studies as well as personal performance. At the beginning of the employment relationship the salary will be approximately €2,445/month.

Doctoral researchers will be employed as staff with relevant benefits , such as a pension scheme, benefits for employment injuries, occupational diseases and unemployment. They have a legal right to a leave of absence, for example, for maternity, paternity and parental leaves. Doctoral researchers enjoy many government-funded benefits in Finland, including free health care for families, low-cost nurseries and other benefits for families with children (see more information about Family Benefits).

What we expect and would like from you

This research project needs the participation of people with a passion for excellence in research, innovation and impact. For this position, we are looking for candidates with a background in physics, engineering or applied mathematics. The PhD candidate needs strong programming skills (e.g. MATLAB or Python), and previous experience with inverse problems, medical image computing and MRI is highly beneficial. In addition, a high level of English proficiency is essential. As far as soft skills are concerned, we welcome candidates with a proactive, collaborative attitude who are enthusiastic about working and sharing expertise in interdisciplinary teams. The candidate is encouraged to participate in various intersectoral activities offered by the PhD programme and spend some time abroad with our international academic partners or non-academic partner institutions.

Requirements for doctoral candidates :

  • hold a master's degree or a bachelor's degree (or equivalent degree) that includes a research thesis (or equivalent) and that qualifies them for PhD studies in the country where the degree was issued in physics, engineering or applied mathematics or another related relevant field;
  • should not hold a doctorate or PhD
  • should have less than four years of research experience after graduation (master's degree or equivalent based on which position you are applying for) by 31 January 2023;
  • excellent command of the English language is required.
  • Mobility requirements for doctoral candidates:

  • Fulfil the mobility requirement of the MSCA actions, i.e. doctoral researchers must not have resided or carried out theirmain activity (work, studies) in Finland for more than 12 months in the preceding three years on 31 January 2023. Compulsory national service and short stays such as holidays are not considered.
  • What we can offer you

  • An interesting position in an international, creative and engaging university community
  • The possibility of flexible multi-location work
  • UEF Staff benefits, including comprehensive occupational health care, versatile staff training opportunities, affordable campus restaurant lunches and gym services
  • An international university city surrounded by a pristine lake area with affordable housing
  • How to apply

    The application must be submitted no later than 31 January 2023 by 24.00 Finnish time (11.00 pm CET), using the electronic application form. You may apply for both of the two open Neuro-Innovation doctoral researcher positions, Neuroscience and Computational Physics.

    The objective is to offer the position to the most merited applicant by the end of March 2023.

    Please note that the application is required to include the following appendices :

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree diplomas/certificates in English;

  • certified copies of BSc and MSc degree transcripts in English;

  • certified copies of possible attachments of degree diplomas/certificates in English that indicate the applicant's eligibility for doctoral studies;
  • copies of possible attachments of degree diplomas/certificates in English that indicate the applicant's English language proficiency; if the proof of English language skills has not been demonstrated in an academic degree and the applicant has not taken the English language test, English language skills will be assessed in the interview for the position;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) (https: // tenk.fi/en/advice-and- materials/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae)
  • a master's thesis (or bachelor's thesis if applicable) in any language, electronic copy (in a ZIP file or as a PDF file);
  • a two-page summary of the master's thesis (or bachelor's thesis if applicable) in English (as a PDF file);
  • a motivation letter (three pages max) describing the applicant's motivation to pursue PhD studies in the chosen research area and topic. When suggesting your own research topic or modifications to the given topic, the research idea needs to be described as part of the motivation letter, and research ethics and infrastructure forms provided on the programme website must be attached to the application (for more specific instructions on the motivation letter, see www. uef.fi/neuro-innovation);
  • as a further information the full names, mobile numbers and email addresses of at least two references
  • Questions?

    For further information on the position and the research topic for which it is offered, please visit www. uef.fi/neuro-innovation.

    For further information on the application procedure, see the FAQ section on the Neuro-Innovation website or send an email to neuroinno@uef.fi.

    The University of Eastern Finland, the Faculty of Science and Forestry and the Department of Applied Physics in brief

    The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We have a staff of 3,200 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. To learn more about our university please visit our website at www. uef.fi/en. On our website, you'll also find information about the university as a work community and as an employer (https: // www. uef.fi/en/article/one-university-a-thousand-stories), as well as our employees' career stories (https: // www. uef.fi/en/career-stories).

    The Department of Applied Physics provides high-quality education in computational physics, medical physics, material physics and atmospheric physics. In all four areas of physics research, the department ranks high in scientific evaluations and acknowledgements.

    The mission of the Faculty of Science and Forestry is to provide education and conduct research in natural sciences and forestry, which are of a high academic standard and have a strong impact on society. The faculty educates specialists for the future-changing world of work and provides a comprehensive foundation for postgraduate education. Positions for doctoral students become available in the international research environments of our units through our multidisciplinary doctoral degree programmes. https: // www. uef.fi/en/faculty- of-science-and-forestry

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