Western Norway University of Applied Sciences has an available PhD position
within radiography and precision imaging
PhD Research Fellow in radiography
This is Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) is one of the largest
University colleges in Norway, with about 1,800 employees and 18,000 students
on five campuses in Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord and Haugesund. We have a
strong and innovative professional environment within health and social
sciences, engineering and natural sciences, economics, social sciences,
maritime studies, and teacher education, culture and sports. HVL offers
bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and various one-year courses. HVL
is close to working life, the region and the students, and aims to become a
university with a professional and working life-oriented profile.
Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research
environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to
become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena.
Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded
projects will work towards this goal.
The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has about 370 employees and about
4500 students. We have a wide range of educational programs within health and
social work professional educations, continuing and further education and
several master's programs. The faculty offers the PhD program "Health,
function and participation". In addition, the Faculty of Health and Social
Sciences is responsible for the research area: "Innovation in the public
sector" in the PhD program Responsible Innovation and Regional Development
(RESINNREG), which is a collaboration across the faculties. Our students
receive extensive skills training in addition to practice, including through
exercises in communication and testing at an advanced simulation center,
SimArena. We practice flexible forms of learning where the student himself is
challenged to participate in research and development work.
At the Department of Health and Social Sciences, there are about 210 employees
and about 2400 students at the campuses Førde, Bergen, Haugesund and Stord.
The Department of Health and Functioning has around 70 employees and 620
students. We offer bachelor's degrees in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy
and Radiography. We offer master's degree in Clinical Physiotherapy, an
international master's degree in Healthy Aging and Rehabilitation and master's
degree in Evidence-Based Practice in the Health Sciences. Research and
communication related to these fields, and educational research, take high
priority at our department.
About the position:
The position is related to the project: "An application of multimodal magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and machine learning approaches for assessment and
validation of imaging biomarkers in the aging brain and in patients with
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)".
The PhD fellowship is a 4-year recruitment position that will contribute to an
active research environment at HVL. 25% of the time will be spent on
compulsory work related to teaching, development work or administration.
The PhD fellow must enroll and fulfill the training part in the PhD education
within the time frame of 4 years. Deductions can be made in the appointment
period for previous recruitment period. It is a prerequisite that the PhD
fellow has a workplace at the Institute of Health and Functioning/ Section of
Radiography, Campus Bergen, and that the compulsory work is carried out at
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Radiography, Department of
health and function, has an available PhD position within radiography and
The project aims for a synergy between brain MR imaging and advanced data
analysis in order to derive clinically feasible and actionable information. We
will evaluate and validate different multimodal MRI biomarkers appearing from
T1/T2-weighted images (radiomics), and metrics derived from
diffusion/functional MRI applying machine learning techniques and predictive
models. Use cases will be related to (i) cognitive aging and
neurodegeneration and (ii) patients with functional gastrointestinal
(brain-gut) disorders in particular the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Major clinical goals are diagnostic stratification, assessment of treatment
response, and prediction of outcomes and expected trajectories.
The PhD candidate will participate and contribute to data analysis from both
large-scale data repositories and local image recordings using state-of-the-
art techniques. Important tasks are quality control, estimation and validation
of imaging biomarkers, and exploration of feasibility and clinical workflows
to promote precision imaging. We plan to combine big data analysis based on UK
Biobank data offering a series of MRI data, genetic profiles, demographic
information for healthy volunteers as a part of a large project ongoing at the
Bergen/Oslo Universities (NORMENT) and to reveal structural and functional
brain signatures associated with healthy subjects. As part of the multimodal
brain imaging pattern analyses we will also address the concept of “brain age”
(predicted from skull-stripped MRI data) and explore the role of discrepancy
between “brain age” and chronological age as a biomarker in both cognitive
aging and in IBS. The research project will be clinically oriented and aims
specifically to contribute to health sciences within the fields of radiography
and precision imaging in terms of practical application and validation of
advanced data analysis methods in multimodal data.
The project establishes a multidisclipinary cooperation between local experts
at HVL within the fields of mathematics, medical physics, medicine and
The candidate being selected will be linked to the research group on Health,
Sports and Function and must enroll in the PhD program Health, function and
participation at HVL. The selected candidate must, together with the project
leader, prepare a detailed plan for the research project, including a plan for
the training component of the research education. Applications for admission
to the PhD program must be sent no later than 3 months after appointment. It
is assumed that the research fellow's project is arranged so that the research
fellow can be admitted to the PhD program Health, function and participation.
Documented qualifications within practical MRI and applied machine
learning techniques / statistical analysis
Master's degree (or equivalent) including a master's thesis of at least
30 ECTS (or equivalent).
The master's thesis must be submitted for assessment within the
application deadline, and the master's degree (120 credits or
equivalent) must be approved no later than four weeks after the
Grade for master's thesis (or equivalent) and average grade for master's
study, shall normally be B or better
Skills in Python (MATLAB, R, Julia) programming, or convincing interest
/ background for developing such skills
Good skills in English, both written and oral
Preferably public approval as radiographer and/or formal
education/qualifications within radiography
Familiar with widely used neuroimaging software packages such as FSL
Experience from previous research work and scientific publication
Experience with project work, dissemination and supervision
Good written and oral skills in a Scandinavian language is considered as
Ability to work systematically and self-organised
The candidate must be able to work independently and at the same time
contribute to the professional community in general and in the research
group in particular, and adopt to high ethical and scientific standards in
the spirit of open science and reproducible research.
Applicants must attach a separate letter of motivation of maximum 2 pages
fitted to the outline of the project and the candidate`s background.
Interested applicants can contact project manager Assoc. Prof. Ivan I. Maximov
to receive the project sketch. The motivation letter will be used in the
assessment of the candidate's qualifications.
Further information about the PhD education can be found at:
https: // www. hvl.no/forsking/forskarutdanning/
Send application and CV by clicking on the button marked "Apply for the
position" on this page. We point out that applications are assessed on the
basis of the information entered in www. jobbnorge.no at the end of the
application deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all
relevant attachments are submitted by the deadline, including the master's
thesis / master's thesis and up to five scientific papers they wish to include
in the assessment, complete publication list, any project description,
certificates and diplomas. If the diplomas, transcripts or other documentation
are not in a Scandinavian language or English, the applicant must upload
certified sales themselves. If the attachments exceed 15 MB, they must be
compressed before uploading or attached as a link.
Applicants must attach a diploma documenting their previous education
including all grades. Applicants with master's education at academic
institutions outside of Norway, must attach a diploma supplement if it can be
provided by the academic institution which awarded their master's degree.
Applicants for scientific positions are assessed by an expert committee. The
assessment takes place on the basis of documented competence, up to 5
scientific works. Based on the committee's recommendation, relevant applicants
will be summoned for an interview and trial lecture. The appointment body is
the appointment committee/council at Høgskulen på Vestlandet.
The applications are sent electronically to the expert committee. Applications
can not be sent by e-mail to individuals at the college.
Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian
Public Service Pension Fund
Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence
enhancement and development
Opportunities for training within the working hours
The position as a PhD student is paid in position code 1017/1378 PhD
candidate, salary step 54. Further promotion takes place according to service
seniority in the position.
A 2% contribution to the Government Pension Fund is deducted from the salary.
The person who is appointed must comply with the guidelines that apply to the
position at all times.
We point out that in accordance with the new Public Access to Information Act,
information about the applicant may be published even if the applicant has
requested not to be included on the applicant list. Applicants will be
notified if such a request is not granted.
The state workforce must, as far as possible, reflect the diversity of the
population. It is therefore a personnel policy goal to achieve a balanced age
and gender composition, recruit people with a minority background, people with
disabilities and gaps in the CV.
1) Project leader, Assoc. Prof. Ivan I. Maximov,
Tel: +47 55 58 58 51 Mail: Ivan.Maximov@hvl.no
2) Head of Radiography Program, Assoc. Prof. Eli Eikefjord
Tel: +47 55 58 55 88 Mail: Eli.Bjovad.Eikefjord@hvl.no
3) Head of Institute of Health and Functioning, Bjørg Hafslund
Tel: +47 55 58 55 06 Mail: Bjorg.Hafslund@hvl.no
15th September 2021
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