Open Positions:


PhD position: Image-driven Patient-specific Cardiac Simulation

The Center for Computational Medicine in Cardiology (CCMC), Institute of Computational Science, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland is looking for a highly motivated PhD student to develop and validate an automated approach for personalized simulations in cardiology. A tight integration between numerical simulations and clinical image processing is foreseen. The position is supported for three years by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within the project “HEARTFUSION: Imaging-driven Patient-specific Cardiac Simulation” (PIs: Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause and Prof. Dr. Guoyan Zheng ), and is available immediately.

The environment

The CCMC is part of the Institute of Computational Science (ICS) and the Cardiocentro Ticino. ICS is the largest institute in Switzerland devoted to Computational Science and operates in close collaboration with the CSCS (Centro Svizzero di Calcolo Scientifico). The project will be done in cooperation with the Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics (ISTB), which belongs to the University of Bern and is one of the pioneers in computer assisted interventions. The ISTB was also part of the NCCR Co-Me, a Swiss Network of innovative scientists, engineering and leading clinicians. Hence, the student will work in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of principal investigators, post-docs from mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering, clinicians as well as other fellow PhD students.

The project

The overall goal of the project is to develop a novel framework for image-driven computational electrophysiology, establishing a direct connection between imaging data and computational simulation. The main idea is to use the mechanical deformation retrieved from medical imaging to adapt the computational domain of the electrophysiology model over time. The methodology will provide a valuable tool to perform simulations on patient-specific geometries, validate existing mechanical models, and possibly design new ones. The aim of the student will be to develop a simulation tool to fuse data obtained from imaging done at the ISTB with numerical simulation.


Applicants should hold a Master (or equivalent degree) in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics and have a strong background in discretization methods (e.g. Finite Elements or Finite Difference) and computational mechanics. Programming skills in C++ and Matlab are also required. 

Interested candidates can send their applications with references and school transcripts to:

Prof. Dr. Rolf Krause
Institute of Computational Science,
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Tel: +41 (0)58 666 43 09


Postdoctoral position in the group of Prof. Pivkin

A postdoctoral position is available in the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Lugano (Switzerland).
The candidates must have demonstrated expertise in Molecular Dynamics (MD) or Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD), high performance computing (HPC) and have some background in biology.  The project will require an efficient use of high performance computing resources including Europe's largest supercomputers. The position is for one year with the strong possibility of renewal.
Inquiries should be directed to Prof. Pivkin ( email a cover letter and curriculum vitae including a list of publications and contact information of three references to


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