PhD Position in Applied Physics - Specialization in Biomedical Engineering

Umea University


June 17, 2022


Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology

Umeå University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors - a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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The Department of Applied Physics and Electronics currently has around 100 employees and conducts research in fields such as Energy Technology, Laser spectroscopy, machine learning and embedded systems, robotics and biomedical engineering.

We are recruiting a PhD student in Applied Physics with the specialization Biomedical Engineering with focus area within magnetic resonance imaging for a project focused on flow measurements in neurological applications. The aim is to devise and evaluate novel imaging approaches determine vascular health.

Project Description The project is part of the activities within the Center of Biomedical Engineering and Physics as well as Umeå Center for Functional Brain imaging, and is carried out in close collaboration with medical expertise at the University Hospital. One of the overall goals with our research in this area is to develop new MRI strategies to study vascular and cerebrospinal fluid flows with applications towards neurological diseases.

As a PhD student, you will develop new knowledge related image acquisition, reconstruction as well as data post-processing. A major part of the work will consider 4D flow MRI measurements, time-resolved imaging of vascular flow. The research project includes performing experiments at the research MRI scanner at the University hospital.

Qualifications To be admitted for studies at third-cycle level the applicant is required to have completed a second-cycle level degree, or completed course requirements of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are at second-cycle level, or have an equivalent education from overseas, or equivalent qualifications.

To fulfil the specific entry requirements for this particular position within studies at third-cycle level in applied physics and biomedical engineering, the applicant is required to have completed course requirements of at least 120 credits within the field of physics, computer science, mathematics, mathematical statistics or other subject areas considered to be relevant for third-cycle studies. Meriting qualifications are courses in and experience with medical technology, magnetic resonance imaging, applied medical imaging, deep neural networks with applications in medical imaging, projects in medical imaging / signal analysis / flow calculations, programming (e.g. in data structures and algorithms, matrix calculations and optimization).

The applicant must be fluent in English (Proficient user), both in speaking and in writing.

Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in any other system, either within Sweden or abroad, are also eligible to be accepted. The requirements must be fulfilled at the time of admission to postgraduate education but need not be met at the time of application.

Terms of employment The employment is expected to result in a doctoral degree and the main assignment for the doctoral student is thus to be active in research, study doctoral courses, and possibly participate in teaching of courses at undergraduate level. The employment is limited to four years at full time or up to five years if teaching or other departmental work is performed. The salary is fixed according to the established salary level for doctoral students at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå University.

Application Your application should include the following:

  • A cover letter with a brief description of your qualifications, research interests and motivation for applying, and your contact details (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Certified copies of relevant degree diploma(s) and certificates.
  • A list of university courses with grades. Note that for international applicants the grading system should be explained in brief.
  • A copy of your Master's thesis and other publications (if any).
  • Contact information of two reference persons.
  • The application, including attached documents, must be written in English or Swedish. The application is made through our electronic recruitment system. The closing date is June 17th 2022. The position will open on September 1st 2022 (exact start date can be negotiated).

    Information For more information contact Anders Wåhlin, tel.: +46 70 253 74 26, e-mail: or Anders Eklund, tel.: +46 70 271 65 05, e- mail:

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    Umeå University strives to offer an equal environment where open dialogue between people with different backgrounds and perspectives lay the foundation for learning, creativity and development. We welcome people with different backgrounds and experiences to apply for the current employment.

    We kindly decline offers of recruitment and advertising help.

    Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 2022-09-01 eller enligt överenskommelse Salary Månadslön Number of positions 1 Working hours 100 % City Umeå County Västerbottens län Country Sweden Reference number AN 2.2.1-911-22 Contact

  • Anders Eklund, 090-7854024
  • Anders Wåhlin, 090-7854158
  • Union representative

  • SACO, 090-7865365
  • SEKO, 090-7865296
  • ST, 090-7865431
  • Published 20.May.2022 Last application date 17.Jun.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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